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... I also dont think its accurate to say that our priorities are necessarily different than yours living because we dont live aboard. They may be different because as individual people we have different priorites where we live and play. ... I never thought there were inherent difference in why a liveaboard vs a weekend boater would chose a marina with virtually the same amenities other than "vibe" and price.

Yeah, mine might have been worded ineloquently but I think there is a fundamental difference between some of the factors that a liveaboard must consider when choosing a location, vs someone who lives ashore. If you live aboard, you must consider the commute to your job when selecting a marina; if you are a weekender, access to roads or public transport will not be the same kind of issue. If you have kids, you have to think about the school district if your marina is your home; again, not a consideration if your kids go to school from your house. If you live aboard in winter, what are the off-season services like? How quickly do they shovel the docks after a snowfall? Where is winter water access, how convenient? How do you pump out your holding tank when you can't move your boat through the ice to get to the fuel dock? None of these are issues a weekender is likely to have to consider in marina selection. Etc.

There are also personal preferences - working yard or resort atmosphere? How important is an onsite restaurant, pool, clubhouse, etc? And location: city girl or country girl? During our busy careers, we kept our boat at a wonderful peaceful bucolic small town that was a sanity-saving weekend retreat from the city. But being there full-time? That would be stifling. Fun to visit, but I'd much rather live in a university town.
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Yeah, mine might have been worded ineloquently but I think there is a fundamental difference between some of the factors that a liveaboard must consider when choosing a location, vs someone who lives ashore. If you live aboard, you must consider the commute to your job when selecting a marina; if you are a weekender, access to roads or public transport will not be the same kind of issue. If you have kids, you have to think about the school district if your marina is your home; again, not a consideration if your kids go to school from your house. If you live aboard in winter, what are the off-season services like? How quickly do they shovel the docks after a snowfall? Where is winter water access, how convenient? How do you pump out your holding tank when you can't move your boat through the ice to get to the fuel dock? None of these are issues a weekender is likely to have to consider in marina selection. Etc.

There are also personal preferences - working yard or resort atmosphere? How important is an onsite restaurant, pool, clubhouse, etc? And location: city girl or country girl? During our busy careers, we kept our boat at a wonderful peaceful bucolic small town that was a sanity-saving weekend retreat from the city. But being there full-time? That would be stifling. Fun to visit, but I'd much rather live in a university town.
Ahh never knew you were a country girl

You are right that one of the things which help drive my decision is that I get enough of the hussle bussle on a daily basis comuting and at work. It does drive the reason I want my living spaces quiet ( home and boat).

I gravitate to that anyway so should we ever liveaboard for long periods of time it will be peace and tranquility vs lots of activity.

In the thread with the poll i put up it looks like proximity to home ( for those who dont liveaboard, price, atmosphere/commradiere/ and accesability to sailing have so far been the major drivers of choosing. Seems like ammenties is not as important which suprised me somewhat. Hopefully more will take the poll.

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