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So, I''m in love. Better yet, I''m a boat owner. And I dont care what they say, I''ll clean every inch of teak on her, rather than have an all plastic boat... for now.

So, I want to liveaboard. I read some of the advice in the column for the newbies, (thats me!) but had an aditional question. I know they''re tightening up on liveaboard permits for So California. Up till a week ago, I didnt even know you needed a permit. What paperwork and other stuff is involved in becoming a working liveaboard.

Thanks for the advice.

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James, while our California cruising was some time ago, it''s my impression that regular reading of Latitude 38 will help you in many ways, only one of which is getting current info on the various CA boating areas and thier regulations. I think you''ll find that practices differ from one harbor to the next since there are so many different regulatory and management agencies representing the State, county, and municipalities.

L38 can be a great resource for newer sailors, I think. Rather than trying to snag one at the local WM store, I would recommend subscribing. (It''s the one subscription we kept, even when cruising offshore for 2 years recently). The third class postage rate is not much money, while the info is excellent and the vibes usually very positive. (

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I had been trying to keep up with what was happening in CA in the liveaboard arena for a while. I''ve read that alot of marina''s just don''t want liveaboards. Kind of sad. I''ve been away for almost 5 years and will transfer back to a job in Riverside in May or June 03.
Of course are plans are to get a boat and make the weekly trek to the coast for now. I may get a position near long beach or the bay area in 3 years and if so..............we are moving onboard.
When we started to do this about ten years ago we ran into a lot of problems because we had kids at home. Odd, I thought, and so did the California Fair Housing Authority.
I think there''s a National Liveaboard Group being started that may help in boosting the bad image some liveaboards have given (and I do mean just a few). Everyone we''ve met has been great, kept a clean boar and was very respectful of their neighbors.
I''d be interested in hearing anything you find out as we may be in the same situation shortly.

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