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07-15-2010 12:15 AM
pontiakos Well, u know about Dana Point, not a problem if u r under 28ft in getting a slip, above that it takes 6 months or so. No problem living aboard either, pay the Live aboard tax, they are pretty reasonable. I would also try Alamitos Bay and LONG BEACH. LB has is option rich if you look hard and keep your boat up. You would have no problem in MDR either.

I have found the key to liveaboard is upkeep of the boat and your self. if you look sketchy and your boat is a mess than the guy parking his weekend getaway down the dock is going to complain. Low profile, smile, extend a warm hand and you will not have problem.
07-14-2010 11:21 PM
lwrhino Dave, Hey, you own a Columbia 28'? How are the live aboard conditions? I'm considering purchasing one. How do you like it? How long have you had it?
02-22-2007 07:15 PM
davidbrooke2003 Pappy,
"Wow, I see it in a whole different perspective, either that or a whole lot of people and or families want to be drug dealers."

I am talking about *how they are treated*by them, not the people them selves. DUH!
Maybe you should look at what is happening to the people in San Diego and you will see what I mean. The "A-8" anchorage is a great example of driving them out.

I went thru California on my way down and was treated like a criminal in Monteray and San Diego. Mexico is much better than the US.
02-22-2007 05:51 PM
Originally Posted by davidbrooke2003
In Cal. I think a liveaboard is about the same social scale as a drug dealer. Just a warning. Because in the end they will drive you out.

Wow, I see it in a whole different perspective, either that or a whole lot of people and or families want to be drug dealers.
02-22-2007 05:37 PM
davidbrooke2003 In Cal. I think a liveaboard is about the same social scale as a drug dealer. Just a warning. Because in the end they will drive you out.
02-22-2007 02:50 PM

We are living aboard on a mooring in Catalina. During the winter it is buy 2 nights get 5 free. What a deal! You can guest dock in Marina del Rey 7 days a month (only $21/night) and at some of the other marinas as well. One of the beauties of a sailboat is the ability to move around at will and I'm not sure i want a permanent slip anywhere. When the Catalina mooring rates (and demand for moorings) go up in the summer, it will be time to anchor! I can not tolerate the rules, prices and scrutiny of most of these marinas!
02-21-2007 02:22 PM
andrewburcham If you'd like more inside info on Ventura, PM me. I lived aboard there for a year with my wife and cat. Nice liveaboard community, but the mushroom farm just inland can put up some serious stank when the wind is right.
01-25-2007 10:57 PM
Great info

Thanks Sailguy42! That's basically what I needed to know...whether I should just move in, be my sweet self and hope for the best. I figured I'd have a tough time getting in announcing that I wanted to live aboard. My other half insists that we be up front in telling the marinas our intentions of living aboard but I don't think she really wants to be homeless or adrift when it comes right down to it.

Good to know about Ventura Andrew. I'm really quite open to any So. CA location but I do business three or four times a week in Orange County so it would be convenient to be there. If anyone has rave reviews of any marina in So. CA, I'd love to hear them. I wont hold my breath but go ahead, surprise me!

Thanks again for the great info everybody!

01-25-2007 02:24 PM
sailguy42 LOL JagsBch, where did your mind just wander off to . Actually, yes, I still do use them at night when I am tied to the dock. I’m sandwiched between two big stinkpots and would have no privacy otherwise. They also keep out the light from that pesky sun in the morning . But when I’m away from the dock they stay off the whole time.
01-25-2007 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by sailguy42
When I bought my boat here in Marina del Rey I tried to be above board and would tell the dock masters that I was looking for a live aboard slip. Not one location would accept me. In frustration I decided to just get a slip and deal with issues as they arose. The next time I applied for a slip I was told, “no live aboard’s” to which I promptly smiled and responded with “no problem”. I signed my one year lease and moved the boat into the slip.

For months I kept a low profile, used dark curtains to mask interior lights and got to know some of the other sneak aboards that were around. As time went on I slipped into a more normal routine. The dock master noticed me around more often but never said a word about my being there and in time we even became friends. I’ve been living aboard for 5 years now, have the greatest neighbors, and even co-host the annual 4th of July party complete with a band. I think if you keep your boat maintained, the dock clear and you are a friendly, upstanding kind of person there is no issue...

Best of luck

Humm, if all goes well I’ll be heading out some time this year to start cruising and my 45 foot slip will be empty… do I hear any offers? J
Do you still use the dark curtains?
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