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01-19-2009 09:22 PM
CaptainForce Although I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale I haven't lived there in a house in decades. I am familiar with many private docks that rent slips quite legally to people living on boats, especially Hendricks Isle, Karen Isle... all those Nurmi Isles off Las Olas. The requirement for living at such a dock is that the boat be permanently hooked to a pump out facility while at the dock. Private docks without such a facility or those in areas with covenants & restrictions would not be available for renting to liveaboards. Google "Fort Lauderdale dock rental" and you'll see many opportunities. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
01-19-2009 12:56 AM
night0wl
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I've spent some time living aboard at a private dock in Lauderdale. Where are you, Nurmi Ilses off Los Olas or up the New River? If you're in Lauderdale you have pump out at the slip and you're still in a boating community with boating neighbors. As to the $1200/mo being justified; it's not justified by what the marina provides, but by what the market allows on the ICW. Better rates are always available off the tourist track, private docks & up the New River. Ft. Lauderdale is my home town and much is available as it's one of the "boating capitols", but the downside is that for sailing you have the ocean or nothing. No available inland protected bays or lagoons for an afternoon out for a short sail. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
Sorry to jump into this conversation, but I actually live in Fort Lauderdale too. Have a house in Lauderdale Isles. We've been here about 2 years, should have waited to buy our house now and saved 25%

Just a question. Technically, living aboard behind someones house in Fort Lauderdale is illegal, right? I think even renting a slip behind a private residence for boat storage is a gray area, although enforcement tends to be rare unless the boat is a derelict and the neighbors call the city.
01-18-2009 10:54 PM
Harryeod
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Part of living aboard for me is the social aspect/support of the boat community, you'll miss that experience living behind someones house. But its still way better than living on land! Congrats!
Ditto for me. Unlike on land where you can live years next to a neighbor and never talk to them, most of the liveaboards in the marina came and introduced themselves. Now it is not unusual to find us having a few beers together a couple of times a week. Another added beneifit is that I travel a lot for work and the gang is always keeping an eye on my boat.

The only drawback is when I return and the girlfriend is over "visiting me" and there is a nice and loud "Ahoy" from the pier.
01-17-2009 11:55 AM
CaptainForce I've spent some time living aboard at a private dock in Lauderdale. Where are you, Nurmi Ilses off Los Olas or up the New River? If you're in Lauderdale you have pump out at the slip and you're still in a boating community with boating neighbors. As to the $1200/mo being justified; it's not justified by what the marina provides, but by what the market allows on the ICW. Better rates are always available off the tourist track, private docks & up the New River. Ft. Lauderdale is my home town and much is available as it's one of the "boating capitols", but the downside is that for sailing you have the ocean or nothing. No available inland protected bays or lagoons for an afternoon out for a short sail. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
01-17-2009 11:53 AM
camaraderie Kjango...true in the high rent cities when combined with electric and live aboard surcharges.
01-17-2009 11:51 AM
TeamDestructo85 a lot of the preferred marinas (laundry, h2o, elec, pumpout, security, friends...) are anywhere from 22-26 a foot... i've found some that charge 1.5 or 1.75 per foot per day... and for my boat that puts me over 2000 a month... which is retarded... my goal is to find a marina for about 800... i may have to wait till spring before that happens though.
01-17-2009 10:56 AM
kjango 1200 bucks a month ??? What the heck can a marina provide to justify 1200 bucks a month ??? Am I reading that right ??? Can that be true ???
01-17-2009 10:04 AM
eryka Part of living aboard for me is the social aspect/support of the boat community, you'll miss that experience living behind someones house. But its still way better than living on land! Congrats!
01-17-2009 09:57 AM
sailingdog I doubt you'll have a problem, since I can't think of too many boat lifts that could deal with a 45' keel sailboat. The major problems with living on a private slip are lack of facilities and lack of access to public transportation. To get fuel, or pump out the holding tank, you'll have to go to a nearby marina.
01-17-2009 12:39 AM
TeamDestructo85 didn't think of repossession. and there is a lot of that going on around here right now... i guess if i see the homeowner ripping the ac and sinks out of their soon to be repo'd house it'd be best to find a new home. I would like to be in a marina but no way am i spending $1200+ a month. I'm getting a few addresses tomorrow of spaces available, i have the day off so i want to go scope em out.
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