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Mike,

Thanks - the tool thing is important. I have an SUV with good space in back, so as much as I hate to have a cluttered car... It's a good time for me to buy a boat in the Boston climate - can do a lot of thinking/planning/reading and purchase items I need, like safety harness, etc.

I may do a storage unit for the winter and in the spring, take another swipe at it. Hey, for $600 or so, it might be worth it for peace of mind.

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Most of the marinas out here have storage lockers available, but they aren't huge. I stash what few large items I kept after the move in there. All my tools stay on the boat, though.
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Storage

I've lived aboard for over 10 years. While I have seen a few marinas that allowed for rental of small storage spots it has been very few.

I bought a 15' pontoon boat with a canvas cover and for a few bucks I have an on the water storage of 15'x 8' 3' high.Enough room for 2 kayaks, a windsurfer, 4 outboard motors, high pressure sprayer etc. Others on my dock have offered to "join in" on purchasing an old, wood cabin cruiser and making it into our workshop with bench and vice etc.
Prior to the pontoon boat I made flyers and put them on the garages of a near apartment complex. Many apartment dwellers don't have cars and I ended up with a 1 car garage for $25 a month.
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There's a HUGE storage facility 200 yards from the marina I'll be keeping my boat at. They have a nice 9'X12' for $110/month-with security and easy access; for around here, that's pretty cheap. I may take advantage of this, where I can WALK to it.

You guys have some great ideas and they have my creative juices flowing...
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The thought of floating storage and a workshop is pretty neat, but it's just one more floating "thing" to have to maintain, rent a slip for, and worry about when a big storm rolls through.

Veprjack, you've got the ideal world there with a big storage facility within walking distance. Hell, I'd be happy if my theoretical marina had one that was a 5 minute drive away. I think you should jump on that if you're going to live aboard.
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The thought of floating storage and a workshop is pretty neat, but it's just one more floating "thing" to have to maintain, rent a slip for, and worry about when a big storm rolls through.

Veprjack, you've got the ideal world there with a big storage facility within walking distance. Hell, I'd be happy if my theoretical marina had one that was a 5 minute drive away. I think you should jump on that if you're going to live aboard.
Yeah, it's pretty sweet. I sent them an email that was bounced back for whatever reason. I'll have to call or stop by and get a tour...
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If livingaboard has a component of freedom to move and cruise, doesn't shore storage represent a burdensome teather that works against the purpose of living on a boat?
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The longer you live on the boat, the less stuff you will accumulate.

When we first moved aboard 7 years ago, all we had for storage was our car and out dock box. Now, if it doesn't fit on the boat, then it doesn't belong in our lives.

If you need the tools for the boat, then find something close. I suggest a dock box for the tools and the car for your extra clothes, and then find ways to reduce.
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The full size van idea from wingNwing is excellent. Two birds, one stone, acceptable storage right in the parking lot. I suspect that the vast majority of liveaboards do not cruise very far away, at least not routinely.

I would definitely have economical stuff (tools in particular) that I would not want to have to keep aboard year round.
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thanx M - that solution has worked for us for many years now. I wish we could be quite as free as captain force, but at least the van is mobile in its own way.
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