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Re: Opposition to liveaboards
That sounds like a reasonable system to distribute cost, but it doesn't address the marina owner that just doesn't want to be bothered by the constant wear and tear. I know you get that.
Let's put everyone in the shoes of the owner. You all get about $5 million to buy a marina that is fully occupied.
One has nothing but weekend warriors. You have a big customer push from Fri to Mon, but mid-week is pretty calm and you reduce staff and catchup on work orders.
The other has a bunch of liveaboards, who all pay their increased cost, but you have to deal with more customers during the week and some of your transients keep turning over because they don't like the one or two bad apples.
Same profit from both marinas. Which do you buy?
Of course, except if the price of the water and electricity is sufficiently high to cover that and that's the case at least partially. Those prices are pretty irrelevant for the ones that use the boat only on weekends, let's say an average of $7 a day but to a guy that uses the boat everyday that means $210 a month or $2550 a year over the price of a rent of a guy that don't use those services.
There is always a way of finding a fair distribution of costs even if I recon that liveaboards would not like that.