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Re: Liveaboard marinas in miami
The marinas in the Miami area that allow live aboards that I'm aware of, DO have waiting lists @ most of them, some lists being rather lengthy. You do not need to already have your boat, BUT you do have to be able to tell them what the length overall and the draft of the boat will be and most want the beam as well. Also, if you get put on the list and your name comes up and you do not have your boat ready to go into the slip immediately, you forfeit your spot and have to go back to the end of the list and wait all over again.
However, there is one marina, in particular, that is worth all of this hassle, simply because of the extremely low cost and it's location...almost directly across the ICW from Miamimarina, the center of the city. The name of the marina is Pelican harbor Marina. It allows liveaboards all year, does not add on a live aboard fee (as alot of marinas do), and is only $21/ft/month, which is alomost unheard of in Miami. It is part of the state park system and this is why it's so inexpensive. Needless to say, there is a waiting list. They do not even charge seperately for electric! Their # 305-754-9330.
If you are willing to be about 8 miles North of Miami, another good price is at Hollywood Marina, which allows live aboards all year, has no live aboard fee, doesn't charge electric, and is $24.48/ft/month. Their # 954-921-3035.
Miami Beach Marina is $65/ft/month, with a $90 electric fee. Rickenbacker marina is $19.44/ft/month but adds a $120/month live aboard fee and Dinner Key marina is $21.40/ft/month 305-579-6980. These were the rates for 2010 and may have changed. I hope this helps!