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Old 28-01-2021, 23:49   #1
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Please Help.. Need a live aboard slip in Charleston, SC ASAP

Hello all,

This is my first post. Sorry it has to be a call for help. I have a Hunter 28.5 that I have been living on for a couple of weeks now at $50 or $60 a day! I have called every marina in the area. Most straight out don't allow liveabords any more. Two have a few designated "liveaboard slips" that have a waiting list that's a year long.


When I bought my boat, I had no idea that it would be this hard to find a slip that allows you to come and go as you please to your own boat. I have met with a few dock masters, treated it as an interview, dressed nice, had nice pics of my boat, but everyone of them asked if the boat would be my primary residence and when I told the truth that was it. End of conversation. (I also want to be upfront and not try and get away with anything)


Even monthly transient rentals have restrictions on how much time they can spend on their boat. I know I could anchor out somewhere but I work third shift (10:00PM to 6:00AM) every week night and would rather not be in a dingy that late at night every night trying to make it through whatever mother nature decides to throw at me.


I would be willing to pay 300 - 500 a month etc. and whatever for electric and can be up to 45 min away. Would also need a place to park truck. Oh and I have one crew member, a cat named Butters. As of right now, it would only be for a total of three or four months, but I would be open for a month to month arrangement. So if anyone could help or has any information on a private \ muni dock or marina, anything in the greater Charleston area with access to the ocean, I would be very, very grateful.
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Old 29-01-2021, 09:28   #2
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Re: Please Help.. Need a live aboard slip in Charleston, SC ASAP

I think your best chance in Charleston is to go the transient route renting a slip for a month at one marina then a month at another. I know that safe harbor rents to transients that stay on their boats. Just this morning I was at a customers boat that are here for a few months, they live on their boat. They visit Charleston for 3/4 months each year.
St Johns has transients that stay on their boats as well. I wouldn’t tell them that you’re working full time, that will make them think that you’re looking for long term liveaboard which marinas do not want.
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Old 29-01-2021, 16:24   #3
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Re: Please Help.. Need a live aboard slip in Charleston, SC ASAP

You are not going to find much that meets your needs in that price range. Safe Harbor boatyard may let you do it. They are way up the Wando River though and have limited amenities. I stayed there for a few weeks last year. Rate is ~$800 per month.
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Old 31-01-2021, 16:57   #4
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Re: Please Help.. Need a live aboard slip in Charleston, SC ASAP

Thank you for your information. I ended up having to sail/ motor up to Georgetown, SC. Itís little over an hour to work but I get to live on my boat, at least for a little while.
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