Hey Mikey, I think you just don't know what is happening in the San Francisco
Bay area water
scene. It is controlled by a governmental agency that only allows a small percentage of available slips to be liveaboard
. Which means they are hard to come by.
the harbor masters report to this agency. The agency monitors the harbor master's reports. The harbor master's marina can be inspected by the agency. There are big fines if there is some hanky panky.
Now...when you go up to houseboat size critters...like what you are entertaining to do....that is a whole different thing. I am assuming that you saw this great deal on a houseboat....which might be great deal only because someone is getting the city ordinance "boot" and has no where to go. Sausalito is famous/infamous for it's houseboat community. But you are probably a generation too late for that scene.
The only chance you have....as far as I know is way up in the delta
. Even then I think it might be a challenge. Then when you factor in the cost of moving a barge (essentially that is what you have) yikes.....
People can't afford to even live in apartments in San Francisco
. Garages being rented out apartments for thousands of dollars. Over 10 years ago people would buy beat up boats and use them as liveaboards to avoid punishing commutes....all that is gone now...for many years...it is a "bitch" to get a live aboard slip these days. Trying to get one for a barge....I don't want to say it unkindly....in Sausalito...Berk....maybe the 10 million dollar lotto would be easier to win.
If you do get lucky...anywhere...post it up. and if you do....good on you...I'll buy you a beer
and burger. Respectfully, alan