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Old 03-25-2011
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NC Marina Liveaboard - Utility Costs

We decided to liveaboard our 34' sailboat back in Oct. 2010. In Jan. 2011 our dock at the marina caught fire during the middle of the night. We barely escaped with our lives and boat although not without minimal injuries and outside boat damage. We returned to the marina and moved our boat two docks down. Two months later, the marina raised their rates and ours is now $82 more per month which makes the monthly rate more than we want to pay considering the amenities provided and distance from my landbased job. Our utilities have been included in our monthly rent. We've found a slip to rent elsewhere with a much lower monthly rent (half what we currently pay and is a one year old marina with nice floating docks) but our utilities will be metered and billed separately. My fiance thinks the utilities will be minimal but I'm more of a planner and am wondering if any liveaboards out there pay their utilities directly and if so maybe what an average cost is. Our fridge runs off battery but we will be running our hot water heater, toaster oven, lights, TV, and of course heat and a/c in the cold/hot months. I know all areas rates are different but any figures you could throw out would be most appreciated. We will be the first liveaboards at this particular marina so I've been unable to get any idea of what to expect. Thanks in advance for any input. If we won't be saving a substantial amount I'd probably just assume stay where we are but the rates are just really high for what you get and considering the docks aren't in great shape.
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We are metered in the winter. Our heater is 12v diesel fired. We run our battery charger, lighting, HW heater and during the winter months it is about $30/month. We also have solar but that does very little in the winter.

We will run AC in the summer but will not be metered.
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I've got the same situation as treilley, and I have the same equipment running plus a desktop computer running 24/7. My bills have been $43/mo so far this winter. My electric meter just went nuts the other day and was recording me consuming 6000W (from my 30A connection, no less) so my bill for March is being disputed with the marina owners...

If your heat is reverse cycle provided through your AC unit, it will be the same power draw running the heat in the winter as it is the AC in the summer. That will cost a lot! And you can't use reverse cycle heat when the water temperature goes below about 42 degrees F, so you'd have to supplement with space heaters (REALLY expensive). I don't know if it gets that cold in NC, though.
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Boats aren't designed to be energy efficient so it really depends on how warm do you want it and how much effort you make to improve the insulation (either on the inside or outside).
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In Florida, no solar, but I have a fridge, water heater, sometimes a space heater running, 32ft boat and my bill has been about $40-45 a month.
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Hello, let me tell you how I solved that problem..Several of us (livaboards) stayed on our boats at a commercial marina at Carolina Beach several years ago, and one day the owner sold out to large company and our rates went to the sky...sooo most of us just moved out and looked for renting a slip from private residences along the is much cheaper, and we are all happy///good luck
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What is one of the best way to locate private docks for rent?
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