Originally Posted by Davy J
When I went looking a couple of years ago, these were the options:
St Petersburg Municipal Marina
The Harborage Marina
Blind Pass Marina
Regatta Pointe Marina
Twin Dolphin Marina
Recently Added to the list is Gulfport Municipal Marina
At the time, the only one that didn't have a waiting list was Regatta Pointe.
Notice none of those on the list are actually in Tampa. The other thing, expect it to be fairly expensive. It seems every one is adding a $200-$300 liveaboard fee.
We live in the area on a canal
and thought of moving to a larger boat
and aboard, but have had a heck of a time finding a decent marina without a crazy drive - looking for over a year. The question gets asked a lot and the short answer is it is one of the harder places in Florida
to not only find a good marina, but a good one who accepts liveaboards - for professionals still working. If you work
in Tampa, it will be a long drive. Pasadena and Blind Pass are close to St Pete beach and at that point, it may be more attractive to find something on the Sarasota
side of the Sunshine causeway bridge with Regatta Point or Twin Dolphin Marina. Pasadena has very slim fairways. Harborage is the best marina in the area with floating docks, but LONG wait list. St Petersburg Municipal is a close second. You have to like crowds for either marina as both are in the heart of downtown St. Pete. Downtown St Pete is getting crowded as will downtown Tampa after all of the construction to attract the younger crowds to the city. Just no marinas going in around Tampa, and many cities do not allow liveaboards at all. If you are talking low draft
or pontoon traditional houseboat, you may have a harder time finding a home for it as well as the marinas get picky. There are a few dockominiums from ~50K - 200K+. Wait lists seem to last through the hurricane
season with snow birds leaving their boats in the good marinas.