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Would you ever rent your boat as a liveaboard?

Hi all,
I'm contemplating moving down to Portland for a while and leaving my sailboat (which I currently live aboard) at its slip in Seattle until summer and potentially beyond. I'm also toying with the idea of renting it out as a liveaboard while I'm away to defray slip costs, but I thought I'd ask around to see if anyone has done it and what the experience was like. Specifically, I'm curious about the following:

-- What kind of arrangement did/would you make with the renter regarding maintenance if needed?

-- What was the agreement if the renter damaged the boat? What about damage to their property due to fire/sinking/etc.?

-- Would you let them take the boat out sailing if they had sufficient experience? What about if you wanted to take the boat out for a day or weekend, is that a faux pas?

-- What other 'rules of the house' did/would you establish for someone living on your boat?

-- Any other pitfalls to consider?

-- Horror stories (if true) are welcome.

Thanks,
Jeff
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