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Old 08-08-2018, 08:50   #1
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Safe Marina for a lady

I'm a single woman who will be living aboard and working full time on land. I have my own vehicle and will carry some form of protection on me. Regardless, I want to feel safe where I live. I've read a bit about Shilshole Marina, and like the lock gates, but it also seems too big for my liking. I will be working in the Seattle area. Does anyone have any recommendations for a Marina that feels safe and secure for a lady? I know waiting lists are long, so I'm trying to secure a spot January 2021. I know, right in the middle of winter. It's the best time to buy a boat for my money, though.

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Re: Safe Marina for a lady

most marinas are safe for people with boats be they female or male. i have resided on board as well as voyaged under sail since 1990. i have not found any locale unsafe for female sailing folk.
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Not sure about your location.
Still, I have lived onboard of my catamaran in the industrial part of the big overseas port of Hamburg, Germany and had no issues.
A big plus though was that the main maritime police office was located 250m from the small jetty.
The reason I am writing this is the suggestion to perhaps find a similar situation in your neck of the woods.

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Most of the marinas here in the Tampa Bay area are gated, with access limited to boat owners. Hence, about as safe as you're going to get. I would have to imagine that you can find a marina in the Seattle area with similar arrangements.
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Re: Safe Marina for a lady

From my experience any Crime that occurs in a Marina is almost always from people not from the Marina.
So try to find a Marina in a good neighborhood, as well as gated, with security cameras and security people. The three marinas that we have stayed in met all those requirements, itís not normally hard to find one that does.
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Hello LadyByrd,

Imho, you need to visit marinas in your area, and see where feels like it might be okay, and then start in talking to the marina management. If you are a frequent visitor, present well, and eventually ask to come in with a boat that meets their liveaboard requirements, you are likely to be well received. Mind you, there can be ice on the docks at Shilshole. It's not an impossible liveaboard position, but not too easy, condensation is your great enemy in winter.

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Good luck in finding a marina accepting more liveaboards. Perhaps start with a tactic that you are "in transit."
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2021? Does it take 3.5 years to get into a marina?
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, LadyByrd.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:06   #11
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Shilshole is fine, safe as anywhere. It may well take 3.5 years to get a slip. Liveaboard spots take longer. It may work to sublet from someone. You can find ads on Craigslist and in 48 North. If you're going to be sailing at all, it will help to be outside of the locks. Inside the locks, you'll do best by showing up in person looking presentable (it helps)



Liveaboard spots in Puget Sound are hard to come by. Other places to check:


Port of Poulsbo
Liberty Bay Marina (Poulsbo)
Port of Bremerton
There may be some places in Bainbridge Island
There are some places in Port Orchard


We found living in Poulsbo worked well. It's a nice place to live, but it you're commuting to Seattle, the traffic getting off of the ferry at Bainbridge Island will try your patience. Port of Poulsbo does have some liveaboard slips and they have Winter moorage available on E and F Docks.



Farther away you can check out:
Port Ludlow
Hadlock (the old alcohol plant) but beware of barnacles!
Port Towensend


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Thank you everyone for all of your feedback. Yeah, I was mostly thinking the surrounding neighborhood. I do plan to sail as much as possible,so Shilshole seems appealing for that reason. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury to visit around the marinas because I currently live out of state. I need to get on a waiting list now because they do take for ever to open up in and around Seattle area.

I think Shilshole might be the best transit Marina.
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Shilshole was fine when I lived there but that was a long time ago. Ballard in general has a ton of druggie transients living in broken RV's now. Not sure there is a great answer for you unless you can live in Anacortes and commute. Shilshole bus service is terrible so have your own car. You can sublet up to 6 months in Shilshole, I lived there almost 3 years and never officially had a slip.
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Thanks. Yes, I'll have my vehicle and commute to work regularly. Did you feel there was a good sense of community at Shilshole? I work full time and will be on land a lot. I want to feel like my belongings and boat are safe when I'm not around.
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Thanks. Yes, I'll have my vehicle and commute to work regularly. Did you feel there was a good sense of community at Shilshole? I work full time and will be on land a lot. I want to feel like my belongings and boat are safe when I'm not around.
Yes, boat owners were good at Shilshole. Not a ton of liveaboards so not so much able to watch out for each other's boats though. On the bigger boat docks 40 + ft, maybe a couple liveaboards per dock average. But the gates stay locked most the time and you seldom see anyone on the docks during the week.
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