Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Boston Ma
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I grew up living aboard in Boston Harbor at The Fan Pier (Pier 1) - before the Fed' Courthouse was built. It was a different lifestyle than the marina life for sure, in those days it was totally industrial. Our home was the retired Boston Fire Boat, with various piles of equipment around the decks: lumber, ice machines, etc... We probably wouldn't have been welcome at too many marinas. My family ran party boats out of that location from 1976 until the early 90's when it was moved farther down Northern Ave. to Wharf 8, where the music tent is. We lived there from 1978. I was 12 at the time - went to Boston Public Schools, and the whole city was our playground. We all grew up and went our own ways, Dad is still doing the liveaboard thing - now on a 50' Chris Craft after he lost the Luna a year ago October - just sunk out from under him. No big surprise really, she was built in '37 and had some serious rot issues.
After Dad got rousted from there for the courthouse to be built, he spent a winter at Commercial Wharf. I wonder what their rates are? IMHO it's an even better location than CM! everything is literally steps away.
I have an Albin Vega that I keep on a mooring at SBYC, I've been considering the liveaboard thing for a while now. A friend spends summers on his Cape Dory 27 a couple of moorings away, for almost no cost except club membership which is around $500 a year. the only thing about liveing on the mooring is that there are days when you really don't want to be rowing out and back from your boat there. It can get pretty sloppy there when there's a considerable fetch to the west there. I'm thinking about that little place in Chelsea Creek, see;s more comfortable to my working class roots, and it's well protected and has heads/showers and electricity. the perfect arrangement for me would be to try to get a half time deal if I could - I work on tugs in NY for 2 weeks at a time - so hang it on the mooring while I'm at work and bring it to the dock when I'm home. - AL