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Buying a mooring or slip in California.

I was in Orange County yesterday. I like California I always have. I know it's not the same place I first fell in love with, and it's quite the fashion for those who don't live there to wish it would fall into the ocean, but that's not the point. The point is I am researching plans for next year. I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on buying a mooring or slip. With the intention of living aboard.

I started my research in Orange County. Newport Beach. They have 450 moorings owned by the city but leased for life to individuals. Those individuals can them sell them to others. Then you have to get a liveaboard permit. I'm not sure how hard that is. But think how good it could be to own your own boat and slip in Newport Beach! It looks like they go for about $25k. It seems expensive at first, but if you were to liveaboard at a marina it will cost 600-800 anyways so the mooring would pay for itself after a while.

Or Santa Barbara does something similar with slips. It's hard to get a slip but you can own the lease and sell a boat with it. Santa Barbara has liveaboard permits, and they have a limit. But what I could find out was they have only given out about half available. I'm thinking it is because the slips are so expensive. I saw a Catalina 30 with slip for $50,000.

Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge of how this could work out in real life? I would want to be damn sure I had a liveaboard permit or could get one.

Is this a dream that could be made reality or is the red tape involved too hard.

I'm open to other suggestions as well. San Diego has a cheap mooring field that you rent....
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