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Live-a-board marinas North GulfCoast

Hi All, We recently bought an Islander 36 Freeport and are looking for a live-a-board marina in the Mobile/Gulfshores/Pensacola area. We heard to avoid Mobile Bay because of shallow channels and high winds. We found some in the Gulfshores area that sound interesting but would like some opinions from someone familiar with the area. The boat is registered in Texas and we heard we will need to register it in Florida when we get there (maybe next year) but what about Alabama?
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Re: Live-a-board marinas North GulfCoast

You might look for a private mooring arrangement along the Perdido River. Depending on what you draw, Dog River may have some workable docks too.

Live-aboards are often shy folk because there are fewer and fewer marinas remaining that allow living aboard. Governments are making it harder and harder on such folk. You're not paying real-estate tax, and may even be living 'off the grid' without a 'fixed address' so the jack-booted thugs don't like that.
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Re: Live-a-board marinas North GulfCoast

I would not rule out Mobile Bay and have lived aboard at Turner Marine on Dog River, and have sailed on it many times. While Mobile Bay is shallow, which raises quite a chop, it is not a problem for your boat for the most part. We never had a problem with our 5' draft. The winds there are usually from S or SE and I would call them average for the area.

On the positive side. Not far to the East are some of the finest protected anchorages on the Gulf Coast and just to the North is the Tenn-Tom waterway which many use as an escape during hurricane season.
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