Chicago liveaboard guest - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 05-03-2012 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Chicago liveaboard guest

I'm going to be visiting Chicago next month for two weeks. I usually stay in a hotel, hostel or with a friend. But what about finding a boat in one of the marinas, Lincoln Park area-Montrose or Belmont-where the owner was not using the boat and would rent it to me for a couple of weeks? Just to live on at the dock and not take out. Probably not likely, but since I currently live aboard full-time with my better half in the Caribbean it would feel like home (except for the skyline). Interested in your opinions or leads. Thanks.

LS
Lesnair is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 05-03-2012
Senior Member
 
MikeinLA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 516
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Chicago liveaboard guest

Here in Los Angeles, there is a website that offers private homes for rent by the day/week/month. There are many boats on their site as well. Perhaps you could search the internet for something like that in Chicago. Hope that helps.

Mike
MikeinLA is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 6 Old 05-03-2012 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Chicago liveaboard guest

Good idea. Could you share that L.A. website?

LS
Lesnair is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 6 Old 05-04-2012
Member
 
Patient's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 99
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
 
Re: Chicago liveaboard guest

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lesnair View Post
I'm going to be visiting Chicago next month for two weeks. I usually stay in a hotel, hostel or with a friend. But what about finding a boat in one of the marinas, Lincoln Park area-Montrose or Belmont-where the owner was not using the boat and would rent it to me for a couple of weeks? Just to live on at the dock and not take out. Probably not likely, but since I currently live aboard full-time with my better half in the Caribbean it would feel like home (except for the skyline). Interested in your opinions or leads. Thanks.

LS
Heya Lesnair,

Chicago is a very difficult place when it comes to marinas and boat ownership. The public marinas along the lake are operated by the city and they have very strict rules regarding guests, transients, live'a'boards and the like. Some of the more ideal spots have a waiting list that takes many years to get into.

Here is an info sheet on slip rules to give you an idea.

I have read about a few live aboards, but not recently and they had to keep it on the down low when then did pull it off. You can try reaching out to some of the yachtclubs to see if you can arrange something, but don't get your hopes up. This city is also seasonal, so all boats need to be out of the water come Oct, its splash time soon actually.

There are some firms that do a time share deal on production boats, I think Sailtime is one of them, but I dont know what their policy is for long term possession.

Moving back to Chicago from South West Florida has really opened my eyes to how strict it is here. A real shame too as there is so much waterfront and so many rules. In Sarasota, there is a public Mooring field with old salts that row into the waterfront tiki bar every night for a drink, that culture does not exist here.

If you figure something out, please let me know. I'd kill for the secret.

Last edited by Patient; 05-04-2012 at 04:34 AM.
Patient is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 6 Old 05-04-2012 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Chicago liveaboard guest

Patient,

Thanks for the info. I agree it's unlikely to find a place on a boat but if anything comes up I'll let you know.

LS
Lesnair is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 6 Old 05-04-2012
Member
 
ppiccolo1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Chicago/New Zealand
Posts: 51
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Chicago liveaboard guest

I agree with the previous post... and unfortunately, with the Chicagoland area population being in the 10 million ballpark and limited slips, people are a little different there versus 35 miles north in Wisconsin. My boat is up north for that reason. It has more of a sailing/cruising culture. Chicago harbors tend to be more occupied with boats that are bragging rights. However, exceptions exist, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. Great city, born and raised there, but not very communal. IMO
ppiccolo1 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chicago Liveaboard TimofBlindSquirrel Living Aboard 14 09-12-2013 12:47 AM
Chicago Liveaboard ChicagoPilot Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 7 11-26-2010 09:27 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome