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Cost for docking/Living aboard at a Marina

I saw on some websites (after a google search) that you can lease space in the Bahamas for $.55/ft per month. Am i reading this wrong? I'm admittedly ignorant as to whether or not these prices would be what the market dictates, but for a 30ft boat to be $16.50 per month seems way low.

Does anyone know, round abouts, what it costs per month to keep a boat in a marina in the keys or bahamas or some other tropical place for live aboard purposes? Also, what other kinds of expenses can one expect living that lifestyle?

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It most likely was $55.00 a foot which where I am located is cheap.
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$55/foot per month is really actually quite expensive... since, I am guessing, you're paying $55/foot for a SIX-MONTH SEASON.
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In Jersey, $55.00 a foot even for a 6 month season, is cheap. You could easy double that price in many places.
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At Bahia Marina, off of Corpus Christi Bay - in the land of eternal summer, I'm in a 40-foot slip and pay $250/month plus metered electricity. I believe that liveaboards pay an extra $20/month - I'm sure that's for the extra dock water, showers, etc. that a liveaboard uses.
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In Jersey, $55.00 a foot even for a 6 month season, is cheap. You could easy double that price in many places.

Momma Mia!!! way too expensive Free, you should sail south
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Retiree...that is the DAILY rate if youtake the slip for the month in the Bahamas. You can do better than that by about 10cents a foot...but $15 bucks a day for a 30ft. boat works out to $450 a month. That is WITHOUT electricity which is VERY expensive but usually water is included but there may be a monthly water surcharge if you are living aboard. You WILL need air conditioning at the dock in the Bahamas so count on a LOT more expense than just the dock bill. Nevertheless...the Bahamas are cheap compared to most places....and there are few better places to hang out.
If you re considering the Bahamas...consider equipping your boat to live on the hook and dinghy in to shore. WAY less expensive and hundreds of folks do it and take a slip only occasionally to fill water tanks, fuel up and charge the battery bank to 100%...and take a shower! (Showers can be bought for about $3 at most marinas BTW even if you do not take a slip.)
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Thanks for the help! Can you anchor just anywhere (to dinghy in) or are there restrictions?

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Where in the Bahamas do you want to be? Will you be working, or travelling? Away from a slip it will be rare to need a/c, and especially if you have a wind scoop. I have been in the Bahamas as late as August with no a/c needed.
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