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Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

to cover the cost of a slip/mooring/maintenance
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re: Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

I assume if you are planning on renting out a room on your boat, you are never planning on leaving the slip. If I were a tenant, I would be pretty annoyed if I couldn't count on my house being there when I got home.
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never planning on leaving the slip
that would be the idea, yeah.
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re: Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

I've never understood the point of living aboard a boat, if it's never leaving the slip.

The OP may be the exception to the rule, but those boats often start looking overloaded and poorly maintained. Neighbors, both on land and in the water, start resenting those boats. Again the OP may be the exception.

But, if not, I would think it would be hard to find a roommate as well. Boats fill up with junk fast. Also, while it's been decades since I had a roommate, you can't help but get on each others nerves from time to time. In a few hundred crowded square feet, that would be amplified.

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re: Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

A lot of couples who are/have been deeply in love split up because they try to live together on a boat. Why would you subject yourself to that kind of thing with a perfect stranger?

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re: Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

I think it would be far less expensive if you just rented a studio apartment. You'll also have more room and less to worry about during strong storms and winter months.
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re: Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

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I've never understood the point of living aboard a boat, if it's never leaving the slip.



Good luck.
Allow me to explain-

There are a lot of people trying to play "beat the rent" by living on derelict boats in marinas, on mooring balls and at anchor.

These people are not interested in sailing or boating. They are in search of cheap rent (or free) and not paying property taxes. These people are the reason for the ever-restrictive anchoring laws in Florida and elsewhere.
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Re: Anyone ever rent a cabin?

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Assuming you mean renting out part of your cabin space, I've witnessed it firsthand at the marina I lived at.

It's called "sub-letting" and unless it's allowed in your written marina contract, you are in violation of your contract or "lease".

We had a fellow on a medium size motor cruiser sub-letting his cabin space to various people. When the marina owner discovered this, his contract was voided and the boat owner evicted from the marina. Here's the fun part: As a liveaboard, you are NOT entitled to all the legal eviction protections that a dirt-based apartment tenant is entitled to. If the marina owner wants you out, he can evict you nearly immediately.

I can tell you that your fellow liveaboards in the marina are NOT going to be pleased with you, if you rent out your cabin space to various non-boating transients. These people are often poor neighbors, untidy, and prone to petty theft.

The liveaboard community is pretty tight, and looks after each other. They will likely not tolerate this shifty behavior. We sure didn't.
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Re: Anyone ever rent out a cabin on their boat?

Pupil, I got to ask: What is a “CNA- Residential Counselor”? I’m just curious if it is some sort of college residence advisor. I don’t think that there are very many opportunities to rent a boat as that would preclude the owner from using it himself. You could try putting out “boat sitter” advertisements at your local Marianas and on the “looking for crew – crew available” websites. Again, I think it is a longshot. I know that larger (motor) yachts look for “cabin attendants” from time to time but that is mainly a housekeeping/busboy/nanny type of job and they really look for experienced (i.e. licensed) crew to service the engines, line handling, maintenance, cleaning etc. I admire your pluck and you are certainly are thinking out of the box. Keep thinking of ideas and we will get you on the water somehow.
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