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Old 01-05-2013
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Re: Opposition to liveaboards

Paulo, I believe you are overall correct about the different tax structure US vs. Europe, but there are significant differences between states within the US. Most states charge you a sales tax when you buy the boat; some in addition charge an annual % based on the value of the boat ("property" tax). Some states are more liveaboard friendly than others, and many distinguish between living at anchor (perceived free or nearly so) and living in a marina (where liveaboards pay property tax the way any other renter would, by subsidizing the property tax charged to the landlord or marina owner).

Doug's information about Georgia banning liveaboards is no longer correct. The ruling was always selectively enforced and exemptions were available, now it is legal, you just need to register and prove pumpout.
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