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svisser 08-02-2006 05:00 PM

Liveaboard MI or upstate NY? Help!
Hello everyone,

My husband is looking to live aboard our 22 foot boat short term (however it would be the winter months). He needs to re-locate and is having difficulty finding marinas that allow year round living. He is specifically looking for marinas in Michigan or upstate New York. Can anyone help with suggestions or advice?

Many thanks in advance,

Selena Visser

camaraderie 08-02-2006 07:14 PM

I guess you don't want to hear he is crazy so here's some links to extensive marina listings in both states! <grin>

sailingdog 08-02-2006 07:21 PM

Very unlikely to find marinas in either upstate NY or MI that allow year round liveaboards. Mainly has to do with the weather....

cardiacpaul 08-02-2006 11:06 PM

I won't say he's crazy,
but I'm a native of Upstate NY.
Spent my youth there, university there, and got the hell outta dodge! Oswego, NY, avg winter temp for Jan. avg high, 31, avg low, 17. It warms up in Feb, to avg high of 33 and low of 18. Same for Buffalo. Watertown? 28, and 9, in January. Pull on your woolies!

svisser 08-03-2006 09:45 AM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate your quick replies. We actually live in Toronto, so the winters are something we are unfortunately familiar with.

eryka 08-03-2006 10:25 AM

There are a few marinas near Detroit that bubble so you could stay in all year. We spent several weeks on the hard in a heated barn ("heated" = <32 degrees but not much more) in Northport, MI - dark and not very pleasant but better than being on a mooring in a frozen-solid lake :)

svisser 08-03-2006 10:34 AM

Thanks so much Etka that's a great start. Do you happen to recall any of the names of the marinas in Detroit? Did you have access to shower or water when you stayed in the barn? Was it a personal friend or family member who owned it, or do you think it could be an option? He is really only looking for a 4-6 month solution, so thankfully it is not long term. My apologies for all of the questions, but it is nice to have found someone who has done this.



svisser 08-03-2006 10:35 AM

sorry about that

duffer1960 08-03-2006 11:12 AM

We lived aboard for a year at Humbug Marina in Gibraltar, MI, right where the Detroit River meets lake Erie. They have several year-round live aboards. During the winter you have access to the bathroom, showers, and laundry (along with the summer also). With a 22 footer you should have NO problem getting a slip. The only hardship during the winter is that the pump-out is shut down, and the water to the slips is also shut off. Luckily, we had a slip close to the bath-house/laundry and were able to fill our water tank when necessary with about 100' of hose (which everyone used and was kept on a reel in the laundry room. Contact me if you need more info.

svisser 08-03-2006 01:53 PM

Thanks duffer1960, I will have my husband contact them and will let you know the results.

Many thanks again,

Selena Visser

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