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Old 21-03-2015, 14:09   #1
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West Coast (US) Waitlist

Can anyone chime in regarding the waitlist for liveaboards at any marina they know on the west coast?
I'd prefer California, but I can think of few places with waitlists under a year.
At any rate, your knowledge on this subject will be helpful, probably to more people than just me.
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Old 22-03-2015, 19:19   #2
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

No waitlist in Marina Bay Yacht Harbor on San Francisco Bay.
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Old 22-03-2015, 19:22   #3
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

Wait list....what's that in Morro Bay, CA for a Mooring?
$79 live aboard fee and typical mooring rents are $250/mo.

Oh and second through...stay away it sucks here.....
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Old 22-03-2015, 20:53   #4
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

Kona Kai on Shelter Island, San Diego Bay will not even accept liveaboard applications. They said that the list for a 40' slip is so long that the chance of a new applicant getting a slip is less than zero.

OTH - Chula Vista Marina and Pier 32 (National City/Chula Vista) are actively recruiting live aboard boats. Each have a $350 surcharge for up to two liveaboards.

One of the America's Cup Harbor Marinas ( I'm pretty sure it was Pt Loma) also told us in early February that we could have a live aboard slip there. Shelter Cove in America's Cup Harbor does have a wait list for liveaboards.

My marina (Sunroad on Harbor Island in San Diego) is pretty relaxed about liveaboard boats. I know two individuals who have become full time live aboard in the last three months without a formal application to be such. We have no surcharge but a 40' slip is $750. However, in the last two months about 3/4s of the empty 40' and 45' slips have been filled.
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Old 22-03-2015, 23:00   #5
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

Here is some details around SF Bay Area
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Old 23-03-2015, 08:59   #6
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Thanks for the great replies!

3rd Day! Know anything about an Islander 37 pilothouse in your neighborhood?
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Old 27-03-2015, 20:07   #7
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

Tacoma is right there are plenty of spots in San Diego for liveaboards as long as your boat is seaworthy and you have a few bucks. The wife and I just got a ball in Americas cup harbor, and we love it.

When it blows,it's time to go!
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Old 27-03-2015, 20:30   #8
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

In SD area Chula Vista has two marinas and National City has one that allow/welcome liveaboards.

Chula Vista Marina : Boat Slips San Diego - Slip Fees for Chula Vista Marina in San Diego, CA | |
Attached to a RV Park, you can use the pool at the RV Park has a nice restaurant right there. There is a small city park close as well

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Nothing special, I lived aboard here for a year. No pool or much of anything amenity wise. There is a fairly inexpensive yacht club available to join if that's your thing. There is a also a city park close to this as well.

Pier 32 Marina : Slip Services | San Diego Marina | Pier 32 Marina - National City, San Diego, CA
Actually a fairly nice little place in opinion. Pool, putting green, city park, restaurant and other stuff all right there. Nothing else much around after that other than boat loads of new import cars.

The first two places are literally at the end of the navigable part of the San Diego Bay basically. You actually have to stay in a small channel for the last couple of miles to get to the basin that both marinas share. It takes you at least two hours to get out to the ocean from these places. But quite honestly sailing south of the Coronado bridge is quite nice. There's usually not a lot of traffic at all (basically none) and the wind is generally not blocked by point loma or the city of Coronado.

Pier 32 is next to a large marine terminal that specializes in import cars. But you only have like 2-3 minutes of channel motoring before you are out in the South San Diego Bay.

Its been my experience in the 3.5 years I've been in SD that these places ALWAYS have slips available.
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Old 27-03-2015, 20:45   #9
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

WADR, "West Coast?"

WA ro San Diego? There is, as U know, a large difference.

Can you be more specific? "Even" California is a huge difference.

And, for example, The Delta is completely different than The Bay Area.
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Old 27-03-2015, 21:19   #10
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no wait list here.. And they dont call it liveaboard here.. They call it extended stay... pretty clever..........
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Old 27-03-2015, 21:33   #11
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

As has already been mentioned, the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor has openings. This assumes you are interested in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Re: West Coast (US) Waitlist

I'll chime in a bit - Dana Point. Minimum livaboard is 34 feet. Extra charge beyond slip fee (which is really high).

I'd guess wait is 5-10 years.

Oceanside. Long Beach. L.A. harbor. MDR are all better candidates.

I truly love Dana Point. But the rules are oppressive.
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