Marinas in SoCal are following the lead of Almar and Vintage and the "chain" marinas, of decreasing slips in favor of larger slips. In many cases the result is loss of 500 - 600 under 30 ft slips per harbor. Why are the little boats being locked out? The marina's reply is that these boats can very well be put in dry storage. Well, that's not necessarily true, but as the marinas are being reconfigured for larger boats, the rates triple, and although 10% may be allocated for liveaboard, they aren't allowing any liveaboards. Go figure.
And cost of boat slip fees go up. In my case, from $7.50 per month per foot to $21.35 per month, to make up for the loss of revenue of eliminating small boats. (of course everybody knows big boat owners are rich). Fewer boats, more money. Why are they doing this? Because they can. And Marinas are big money so they have all the local politicians in their pocket. Here in Ventura we have the best politicians money can buy. Bigger boats = bigger slip fees (which the county takes 10%) and bigger personal tax revenue for local government.
The latest tactic applied to liveaboards rather than a flat fee of say 50 - 100 dollars extra, is to charge half again the slip fee. That means if you're a 36' boat, you're charged at a 54 ft rate and of course, electricity and telephone line charges are extra.
So, you want to live aboard? Figure with boat payments, slip fees, permits, incidentals, and "view tax" it's about the same as a mortgage on a 4 br, 3 acre home in NC. And, it's not getting any better in regards to slips. Without competition, no additional slips are being added.
Last edited by ianhlnd; 01-17-2007 at 08:39 AM.