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04-10-2007 12:11 AM
cardiacpaul I run from anything that had a non-refundable deposit. period.
04-09-2007 12:40 PM
camaraderie Fishstick...the city marina used to collect rents on those moorings...If I recall correctly, they stopped because of the condition of the moorings and did not want to or did not have the funds to replace them. Someone local there should know the full story. Are they simply sitting there free now?

In any event, when they were actively rented they were fine for a night or two for transients or for keeping a boat on weekends. As I said earlier...they are quite exposed in a blow, the current and tidal forces are significant and it is a long way in to the docks in a dinghy if the weather kicks up. (BTW...where will you tie up your dinghy?)
It would not be my choice for a place to try to live aboard. Also...with limited tank storage on that're going to have a lot of pump out trips and expenses...and with the coast guard a hundred yards away...I would think that you'd be subject to frequent inspection as a live aboard.
If I were trying to live at anchor in the Charleston area...I'd be looking for someplace up a creek...not in the main harbor.
04-09-2007 12:37 PM
fishstick As far as the Coast Guard knew, no one owns the moorings. I guess it is just a free for all.
04-09-2007 12:06 PM
sailingdog Fishstick-

Who owns the moorings then???
04-09-2007 11:47 AM
fishstick I actually had some of the same questions about the moorings. I called the Charleston Coast Guard Station and Charleston City Marina and as far as either of them could tell me no one controls the mooring field. Coast Guard just said as long as you are not in the channel, it is all fair game.
04-09-2007 07:23 AM
sailingdog Cam's got a good point, besides agreeing with me , do you know that you'll be able to liveaboard for sure, otherwise you've just invested a fair chunk of money in something and will still have to pay rent on top of the mooring fees. Well worth looking into before you go any farther.
04-09-2007 02:53 AM
camaraderie I agree with SD..."as is" and "no refund" of deposit are big warnign signs. I also worry about what nice new paint jobs on engines are covering up. It is just too cheap to not have problems.

As to living on a mooring in Charleston harbor...I thought they were taking out the moorings and I also thought that live aboards were not permitted there. That is a wicked place to try to live on a boat anyway given the currents, chop and traffic. Do you KNOW that you will be allowed to do what you are proposing if you DO get a boat?

Great town...good luck!
04-08-2007 11:54 PM
sailingdog If your mooring is at a marina, then you would likely be able to use the shower facilities at the marina. Using a shower on a boat, especially a smaller boat, is no fun... it tends to leave the boat a mess, make it smell, and create a good environment for mold aboard the boat.

BTW, looking at the ad for that boat, I saw several big warning signs.

First, they say the boat is "AS IS". Second, they say that there are no refunds on the deposit. I'd also be curious as to how a boat that is homeported in Nevada City, CA ended up in Florida.

Maybe, I'm just more cynical and suspicious than you are... but a lot of boats down in Florida and the Gulf Coast area that are being sold for cheap, that look like really good bargains, are hurricane salvage boats.
04-08-2007 11:53 PM
Sailormann Don't go near it !!!! The $3,000.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit tells you right now that the boat has a problem that shows up on survey. This is a highly unusual stipulation. I might go so far as to say unique.

Buy this one - it is twice the boat.

B.M.S.& S.Inc. Dba Indiantown Yacht Sales (Indiantown, FL)

Also think about the one that is listed as "Owner Built Sloop".
B.M.S.& S.Inc. Dba Indiantown Yacht Sales (Indiantown, FL)

That boat looks a lot like a Cape Dory or an Alberg (maybe an early Bristol) - all of which are very desirable boats. GO in and offer him $2,500.00 and then spend a little while fixing it up. Believe me - it is well worth it !
04-08-2007 11:37 PM
fishstick Thanks for the replies. I looked into it, and I can't tell whether this boat is the Cherubini model or not, but I think he redesigned the 30 the next year. The boat looks to be in excellent condition. Here is the link to the boat
B.M.S.& S.Inc. Dba Indiantown Yacht Sales (Indiantown, FL)

I looked at the Cape Dories and Pearsons and the only ones within my meager price range looked like they need a lot of work. I also need a boat with a head/shower to avoid offending my classmates.

As far as the change in lifestyle, I think I can handle it. I don't have much stuff and I don't use most of what I have, so why not get rid of it.

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