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Re: On The Hook in the PNW
As someone already mentioned, I lived for 5 months of the year on the hook on my Islander 30. More cities are cracking down on liveaboards, and the bay I moored in primarily, Liberty Bay, was in one such city. They now are enforcing laws stating that boats can only be anchored for 30 consecutive days at maximum and then, after 30 days, must leave the area and anchor at least five miles away. How they ensure you've anchored five miles away is beyond me, but Liberty Bay has cracked down on derelict boats, and swept the decent liveaboards in the process.
If you're going to live on the hook, you'll have to be a transient and move around often. There are plenty of decent anchorages around here, but if you have a land life including work/family, living on the hook will be difficult. And only crazy people live on the hook in winter! Fortunately, to snag income during the off season, plenty of marinas open up winter moorage to transient boats. Yay for shore power and no-dinghy-driving in the rain.
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