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There is no norm for a practice like this. I think that you should forget about it.
If you want your own boat and to leave it in the water, then hire someone in the area to look after it and pay them as needed. Use the boat when you can. Remember the boat is supposed to be an endless pit of mis-spent money, think of it as part of the fun. If you can't go it alone, change one of the freeloarders into a boat partner. Sell him half the boat, get a shared use contract, and if he'll do the care and monitoring you want, adjust the operating costs so you pay more or even all. But get his name on the title and the insurance.
I don't think a stranger will end up taking good care of your boat for nothing, even if they can use it. Ditto for cleaning the bottom. If you have an insurance company, they will have a fit, and tell you you can't do this. Sorting out the legal risks would keep your lawyer busy for a week or so.
If you really want your own boat, it would seem like you would be better off with a trailerable...hmmm...does that Morgan have a centerboard?
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Last edited by sailingfool; 05-17-2008 at 12:41 AM.