Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Cruising & Liveaboard Forum > Living Aboard
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-30-2013
jasn's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 49
Thanks: 35
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jasn is on a distinguished road
Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

This was prompted by a discussion I recently had with someone who mentioned to me that Connecticut by state law, doesn't allow any liveaboards, and some threads here which mention various other restrictions on them. I started wondering that if these were not great places to liveaboard, then where are the great places to liveaboard?

So, I'm curious to see Sailnetters weigh in on which liveaboard marina/location is the best, if one were free to live aboard year round, and why. Factors should include, (year round) weather, marina amenities, local amenities, costs, and anything else you can think of.

(Saw this on Zillow which started me thinking how cool it would be to own your own slip too.. except for the property taxes..)

Bonus points awarded if you're actually living aboard there now..

(and points subtracted if you choose a marina which is closed to, or difficult for, new liveaboards..)

Jason
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-30-2013
Tim R.'s Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 1,541
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Tim R. is on a distinguished road
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

My favorite place to live aboard is Portland, Maine. And DiMillos is the best marina in the area to live aboard full time. Only two in the area allow this and the other is not very nice.

We sail 7 months here and wrap the boat for winter. My wife and I both walk to work and frequently go home for lunch. Close to shopping and parks. A little noisy on the weekends in the summer but we are usually out sailing. DiMillos is a decent facility but has no cruiser's lounge, pool, BBQ or other things you might find in a marina further south. You can sail from the Marina; no long driveway. Cost is reasonable. About $500/month for a year round contract on a 40ft boat. Includes free water, cable tv, electricity(metered in the winter), wifi. On premises laundry and restaurant/bar.
__________________
Tim R.
Out cruising
1997 Caliber 40LRC

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

-----------------------------------------------------

Last edited by Tim R.; 10-30-2013 at 11:25 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-30-2013
TQA's Avatar
TQA TQA is offline
Bombay Explorer 44
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,616
Thanks: 0
Thanked 49 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 6
TQA is on a distinguished road
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

If I had to live in a marina then Secret Harbour Marina in Grenada would be high on the list.

Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada W.I.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-30-2013
BubbleheadMd's Avatar
Chastened
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Edgewater/Annapolis
Posts: 2,919
Thanks: 1
Thanked 58 Times in 54 Posts
Rep Power: 5
BubbleheadMd will become famous soon enough
Send a message via Yahoo to BubbleheadMd
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

The marina I lived at this year, is one of the best liveaboard marinas on the Chesapeake.

Slips were very affordable. The owner lived on-site. The marina is in a beautiful, secluded, hurricane-hole that is a short hop the the "raise sails" point. The marina did not have frills like a bar, club, restaurant, pool or tennis courts and that's the way we liked it.

I like the place so much, that I refuse to give the secret away.
__________________
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-30-2013
npettett's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Aurora, Kentucky
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
npettett is on a distinguished road
I'm happy with my marina in Kentucky.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-30-2013
newhaul's Avatar
islander bahama 24
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: bremerton wa
Posts: 1,068
Thanks: 6
Thanked 32 Times in 32 Posts
Rep Power: 5
newhaul is on a distinguished road
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

The. Bremerton marina next to the Puget sound naval shipyard great amenities close to the ferry to Seattle and good public transit system and accepting new liveaboards and the. Best part year round sailing.
__________________
Illegitimus Non Tatum Carborundum.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 10-31-2013
PBzeer's Avatar
Wandering Aimlessly
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 20,235
Thanks: 0
Thanked 86 Times in 83 Posts
Rep Power: 14
PBzeer has a spectacular aura about PBzeer has a spectacular aura about PBzeer has a spectacular aura about
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

Kinda depends on what's important to ya. Here in New Bern, I average (w/electric) $300 a month, which is the main reason I haven't got off my lazy butt and gotten back out cruising (I stopped to work for 3 years).

Good shower/laundry. Hotel pool and fitness room available, and free ride to the airport. Right downtown (touristy to an extent, but it does have a great old fashioned hardware store). Library within easy walking distance. Main shopping area is an hour walk/20 min bike ride, though there is limited public transport. I get a ride once a week for groceries and other shopping for $20 (can't own a car for that price). Downside is there is city and county property tax, as well as a state income tax and sales tax.
__________________
John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 12-22-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
cptnslick is on a distinguished road
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

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
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 12-22-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 129
Thanks: 8
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 1
Pearson796 is on a distinguished road
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

Quote:
Originally Posted by npettett View Post
I'm happy with my marina in Kentucky.
At $2000 a year for a slip, it doesn't get any cheaper. But, it would be nice to have showers and laundry on site.

Green Turtle Bay is awesome but expensive at around $475 a month.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 01-07-2014
jlc jlc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jlc is on a distinguished road
Re: Where's the Best Liveaboard Marina?

If you are in the NYC area I know New Rochelle NY zoning allows live aboard's by Glen Island and its a nice hurricane hole.

Last edited by jlc; 01-07-2014 at 03:13 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Liveaboard marina suggestions...FL, GA, SC, NC?? chrtucke Living Aboard 9 08-22-2013 08:36 AM
liveaboard Marina del Rey, CA brianjford90 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12 09-15-2012 08:04 PM
Liveaboard Marina westerly Living Aboard 6 01-03-2012 08:26 AM
Liveaboard under attack by marina svsashanell Living Aboard 74 12-05-2008 09:40 AM
Marina Del Rey Liveaboard noboatjim Living Aboard 1 06-02-2006 12:59 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:36 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.