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lacanarddor 12-02-2006 12:05 AM

slipless in seattle !
 
goodday folks. we currently live in the san juans and have a little narrowboat in france ( canal du midi) but now we've also fallen in love with a houseboat (on lake union) ! spanner in the works is locating a live aboard slip in a marina thjat is both wheelchair AND pet friendly. ANY suggestions or advice more than welcome as time is of the essence - since we don't want to buy before we have somewhere to moor the houseboat...

winddancer88 12-05-2006 10:32 AM

By houseboat, I assume you don't mean "floating home". What size is the boat?

Kakkerlak 12-15-2006 10:30 PM

Wheelchair-friendliness is a problem. Because Lake Union varies in depth about 2 feet annually (controlled by the Corps of Engineers via the locks) many Lake docks are on fixed pilings and simply compensate with steps or not at all; few have long ramps like you do on saltwater. My marina is very pet friendly, but the finger piers are so narrow I would never risk a wheelchair on them, and the pier gates would be a daily pain in the butt.

Find out the true length and beam of the houseboat you're smitten with, and start haunting Craigslist for slips. I have not seen a brokered or privately offered slip that did not also appear on Craigslist.

Are you looking for a short-term lease, or purchase, or seasonal occupancy ?


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