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Johnqboater 02-07-2011 06:16 PM

Simple question
I'm trying to buy or rent a liveaboard in the SF Bay area. I've located an available liveaboard slip but they said the boat has to be at least 35 feet!

So here's my question:

Do all boats in liveaboard marina's here have to be 35+ feet?

If that's the case I don't see how I will afford one without owner financing which so far I haven't heard happens too often. Rentals either.

Please grace me with your knowledge...

sailingdog 02-07-2011 06:37 PM

Many marinas have set minimum sizes for liveaboard boats to keep people from using really small boats that are unsuited for reasonable accommodations aboard. Really small boats have often been used as liveaboards by people who are doing so not because they want to live on a boat, but because they want to live very cheaply, and the boats are often dilapidated and eyesores. They often have crowded decks with a lot stowed on the cabintop and are not seaworthy or sailable.

Some marinas are willing to bend the rules if you've got a boat that is close in size and keep it in bristol condition.

Johnqboater 02-07-2011 08:27 PM

Thank you for your informative response, it makes a lot of sense now considering those factors.

Do you know of any pet policies? I have two cats...

J36ZT 02-07-2011 10:24 PM

Vallejo City Marina is probably the least expensive in the SF Bay area and I think they have a live-aboard slip open (try for "J" or "K" docks). They do allow pets as well.

The marina is located a block or two from the Vallejo Baylink Ferry terminal.

Another option may be to join a Yacht club...

J/36 "Zero Tolerance"

jfurlong 02-08-2011 01:27 AM

my marina allows dogs, but not cats. Dogs are less prone to board boats, walk on wet varnish, etc. Plus, they have rotten personalities imho.

rikhall 02-08-2011 07:32 AM


Originally Posted by jfurlong (Post 695535)
Plus, they have rotten personalities imho.

Who, the marina owners, boat owners, the dogs or the cats?


denverd0n 02-08-2011 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by jfurlong (Post 695535)
Dogs are less prone to board boats, walk on wet varnish, etc.

I suspect that the main reason dogs are allowed and not cats is that owners are far, FAR less likely to allow their dogs to roam loose.

sailingdog 02-08-2011 07:10 PM

Cats, if allowed to roam loose, are also very destructive to wildlife and property.

CapTim 02-09-2011 11:23 AM

Alternatively, you could mount a broom handle on the front of your 27' footer, call it a bow sprit, and go from there...


Johnqboater 02-11-2011 01:00 PM

Well I've decided it has to be at least 30 feet but I can still use the broom handle idea. I'll check out Vallejo. I found a nice 31 sail and the owner is willing to do owner financing so I'm looking for an inexpensive liveaboard slip for it so more money goes toward principle. I feel responsible for my cats and they've been good so it would be a shame to give them up over this.

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