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Old 12-10-2010
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I dug myself out of debt.
I got a job on the west side.
And I've learned that I'm not quite as keen now to travel the world and discover strange new toilets as I once was.

I am, however, still very keen on living on a boat, even if I'm working on land, and spending my weekends sailing the California Channel Islands.

Anyone liveaboard in MDR or the surrounding area? I'm working in venice now, and pondering getting a boat in the next few months, and if at all possible, a liveaboard slip.

I've not even picked out my boat yet. Chances are it will be something more appropriate for the coastal day sailing and occasional cruising I'll be doing most of, and not some ocean crossing vessle I'm just not ready to use at this point. I'm more concerned with having a hot water shower than with having a hull which can withstand being dropped on a reef 40 times in a row without failing. (eg: I'll be looking at catalinas, hunters and the like, as opposed to more well established, traditional designs)

Are liveaboard slips even available in our area? Is the application process straightforward, or is there something I should know before approaching marina managers, to help increase my odds of getting a liveaboard slip?

Other advice for a wouldbe liveaboard?


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Liveaboards in Marina del Rey must comply with County Code 19.12.1110, which prohibits a person from using a vessel as an abode in excess of three days within any one-week period, unless authorized by the dockmaster where the boat is anchored, and issued a liveaboard permit by the Harbormaster at the L.A. County Sheriff Department. It is completely within the discretion of the local dockmaster as to if and whether a liveaboard situation will be authorized in any particular marina.

A permit will only be issued by the L.A. County Sheriff Department Harbormaster upon compliance with the following:
(1) Compliance with the requirements of seaworthiness as described in County Code 19.12.1060.
(2) Installation of a federally approved marina sanitation device of self-contained portable toilet approved by the Harbor Master.
(3) Proof of authorization by the dockmaster.

Liveaboard permits are valid for a period of one year.

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