Originally Posted by Don1500
On a side note. are there any co-op marinas (real co-op where the owners are the slip owners, not some conglomerate)
I think that the answer to this question depends a lot on your location (your profile gives no hint as to where you are or where you want to keep a boat).
Down south (Gulf coast, FL up to Chesapeake) there are some privately owned docks that you might be able to buy into. I doubt that this option would be cheap either and would likely include fees to the taxman.
We belong to a 'working' club where the members do almost all of the work to maintain the club. The dues are extremely reasonable, in part because there are no slips to maintain; all keel boats sit on owner owned moorings. Not as convenient for a live-aboard but it could be done. Since we are in the northeast the club is more or less shut down for about 6 months. I wonder if a similar kind of club exists somewhere near you (wherever that is).