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Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

I like my marina, Ventura West, in Ventura Harbor. I don't actually live aboard at this time, but I can change that at any time. The marina itself is well run, secure docks, reasonable rates ($369 for my 30', metered electric), nice clubhouse, RR/showers, laundry, and a workout room. There are a few other marinas in the harbor, but VWM is the largest, with 550 some slips, with a %50 cap on liveaboards (highest I've heard of in So Cal).

Year round sailing, of course, and the closest of the Channel Islands are less than 20 nm away. The weather is SoCal, but without the big spikes in the summer - rarely over 90 then. Several local boat yards, mast-up storage, chandlers, etc, etc. Easy bicycle ride to the local supermarket, lots of good restaurans are a few minute walk around the harbor. Two hotels across next to the marina, so those pesky visiting folks don't have to squeeze into that spare quarter berth (you know, the one full of PFDs, canvas, etc).

The city (Ventura) is quite nice, and still commuting distance to the greater L.A. area. Also less than 30 miles from Santa Barbara, and only about 60 to the start of the Central Coast wine country. No car? Amtrak's Surfliner train can take you anywhere from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.

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This one has an open slip...
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"that Connecticut by state law, doesn't allow any liveaboards, "
When you see a claim like that, whether it is on the internet or in a pub, the big red flag is that no one is citing a specific law. Which often means they are simply wrong about that.
If there is such a law, someone can cite you the actual statute, and you can look it up online to see what it actually says. Often folks have been misinformed, or simply haven't understood the actual statute.
Can't live on a boat, at all? I'd love to see the legal explanation for how a state could have the power to declare that.
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Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

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The admiral and I live in Baltimore MD at Baltimore Marine Center - Light House Point (LHP). It's a very nice facility. There are actually several Baltimore Marine marinas in the Harbor depending on where you want to dock.

The LHP location is in the Canton area of town. Everything you could possibly need is within walking distance. West Marine, groceries, liquor store, tiki bar, restaurants, Target, Ace Hardware etc...

An annual slip agreement includes 2 haul outs and power washes, pool & gym membership, garage parking (first come first served, but only a problem on holidays), water and cable tv. Electric is metered. There's a bath house and coin-op laundry.

My 55' slip runs about 550-600 per month (includes liveaboard fee, does not include electric). Very affordable but, the tough part is annual agreements are due up front each year. The most you can break it up is 3 payments over 3 months. If you can stick to a budget and save up each year it's not so bad. Electric can get expensive depending on how you heat/cool your boat. I think it's $0.22/kw right now.

Baltimore itself is a great city. There's a great music scene, lots of things to do, and generally an affordable city to live in. Having a dinghy is great. You can get to Fells Point and the Inner Harbor in about 10-15mins in the dinghy. You can also float/dock near the outdoor concert pavilion, Pier Six, and catch shows. There's lots of place to go in the Patapsco river. It's good fun.

I've lived here for 7 years and met many great people. There's a good liveaboard community here.

The only complaints I have are:
- packing up the toys for the winter is no fun
- it's a fairly long run to get out of the Patapsco river to the Chesapeake
- the water in the harbor is gross, lots of trash run off from the city streets when it rains
- the barnacles and muscles will foul your boat quickly
The slip doesn't sound too bad but the rest of living in Baltimore is pretty expensive; MD state income tax, Baltimore County income tax, Baltimore City income tax, Ridiculous auto insurance rates in Baltimore city, Maryland state sales tax to name a few.

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Coast Hotel and Marina in Victoria B.C. Small, about 40 slips. Almost all liveaboard. Facilities include indoor/outdoor year round heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi and workout room. Reasonable rates, power is not metered. Other than sales tax on moorage - 5% - no taxes or additional fees of any kind. Victoria allows living aboard at about 7 marinas in the harbour. Short walk to downtown along the water. It is the marina in the left foreground of the picture and the marina in the middle is Pier One, also a live aboard marina. The city is in the distance around the walkway.Victoria has the mildest temps in Canada and less than half the rain of Vancouver. Only snow in the harbour in the last few years was a trace that melted in a few hours. Current temp is 47F.

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I do live aboard at Ventura West and have elsewhere and have to say it is fantastic. Southern California isn't an easy place to find good livaboard slips but Ventura West really works hard to make it good for us and to build what is a really great community. Ventura is my favorite place I've lived ( and there were many from the East Coast to Alaska), and to do it again on my beloved sailboat, sail up/down the coast or to the Channel Islands is heaven.
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I live aboard in Connecticut. Was not aware that my neighbors and I are breaking the law. I am not sure that is true, but it is certainly possible. I will do some research and see what I can find out.
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thats all nice but were still looking in ct to liveaboard and send kids to school. were cna we go that will fit a 62 foot boat with 18 foot beam. if anyone knows we would be very greatful. thanks finnally home
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Brewers in Barrington R.I. has liveaboards. Pricey but nice and Providence is close by. No laundry. Insist wind generators are tied off even in winter but electricity is cheap. Nice pool in the summer. Good bathrooms and showers. Excellent walking trail and farmers market next store. Good cruising grounds as well. Can get by with reverse AC for most of the winter.

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The best ones I found were in Florida, both in the keys and along the west coast near Punta Gorda. Low rates, lots of great sailing opportunities, and very close to any amenity that you desire.


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