Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Randolph, MA
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My marina (Hingham Ship Yard in Hingham, Mass) used to encourages liveaboards and had "liveaboards Welcome" signs up a couple of years ago. Now we have a shopping center around our marina and I don't see those signs anymore. So I think part of it is an appearance thing.
We do have one liveaboard that has stayed all summer for the last two years. I, for one, like having him there because he has stopped some thieves and has stopped some drunken kids. Also, I am friends with him, so I have called him to ask about conditions before making the trip to the boat.
A couple years ago we had a houseboat at the marina. The town gave the marina a real hard time about the houseboat, claiming that this allowed the people living on the boats to avoid their "fair share" of local taxes. The town was trying to claim that the liveaboards could put a strain on local resources because they would use services like schools, DPW, fire, police, etc. without paying for them.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Last edited by JKCatalina310; 01-17-2011 at 02:13 PM.