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08-04-2011 02:10 PM
Cptken Little Creek and Norfolk both have marinas. The waiting list is long for both. Ft Monroe across the bay has a great marina, with the base closing and converting to the state, I have not heard what will become of the marina and Old Point Comfort YC. Personal Property Tax varies by county/city it ranges from 0.5-1.5% of BUC. Some cities waive it. I think currently Hampton and Va Beach. Of the two Hampton is more sail boat friendly. I think most of the marinas discourage liveaboards, but only a few say no. If you are going to work, the commute across the bridge tunnels can be a PITA, that may a factor in determining where you want to live. Pick up a Waterway Guide or take a look at ActiveCaptain.com. You can get a pretty good idea of the marina's available. I had an aquaintance that lived aboard in Bay Point Marina in Little Creek, had at least one dockmate that did also.
08-03-2011 05:35 PM
chuck53 One thing no one touched on...
when looking at marinas, check out the property tax rate for the locality you are looking in.
I think (not positive about this) that both Hampton and Va. Beach have little or no property tax on boats. On a 35-40 bluewater boat, that can add up to a lot of dollars.
07-19-2011 06:08 PM
Dean101
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Originally Posted by SailKing1 View Post
Little Creek Amphibious base has slips, but you might have to get on a waiting list to get in. I am not sure if they allow liveaboards or not. I believe it is 2 -3bucks a ft slip fee.
Thanks Sailking. I'm thinking about taking some vacation days either later this year or next spring so I can come and check out the area. I will probably do well by visiting the local marinas to see how I like them. Maybe I can meet some of the local liveaboards and get their take on things as well.
07-19-2011 11:46 AM
SailKing1 Little Creek Amphibious base has slips, but you might have to get on a waiting list to get in. I am not sure if they allow liveaboards or not. I believe it is 2 -3bucks a ft slip fee.
07-18-2011 10:14 PM
Dean101
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Dean,
While on active duty in Norfolk I lived aboard on my 36 ft Jeanneau at Salt Ponds Marina in Hampton. Their channel tends to shoal, but I had a shoal draft and never had a major issues. I went aground once but that was before I new about the shoaling. After that never any issues. They have since dredged, but I would recommend a shoal draft since the bay is shallow. Salt Ponds was very nice, quiet and not very expensive. Good luck.
Does the Naval base have a marina? If so, will they let Navy vets stay there?
07-16-2011 11:37 PM
Landseer36i Dean,
While on active duty in Norfolk I lived aboard on my 36 ft Jeanneau at Salt Ponds Marina in Hampton. Their channel tends to shoal, but I had a shoal draft and never had a major issues. I went aground once but that was before I new about the shoaling. After that never any issues. They have since dredged, but I would recommend a shoal draft since the bay is shallow. Salt Ponds was very nice, quiet and not very expensive. Good luck.
07-16-2011 10:39 AM
wingNwing
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Dean-
I'm not sure what the issue is, but liveaboards are an issue out here. I don't remember this problem on the west coast. I live in Hampton Roads and am looking at a job up in DC. I figured I'd take my 35 up and find a marina to stay in for a year or so, staying there during the week and coming home (or sailing) on the weekends. No dice. Every time I mention sleeping on the boat the gate closes. "No Liveaboards Allowed." I really don't get it. Bottom line, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. There are a lot of marinas here, there are also a lot of boats. Coincidentally, there are a lot of boats for sale, too. In any case, make sure you can find a marina that allows liveaboards AND has open slips.

Mike
Some marinas in DC area have a limited number of liveaboard slips, mostly due to infrastructure, insufficient parking spaces, etc. Some have waiting lists, others allow living aboard only on weeknights. Lots of marinas in Annapolis have liveaboard spaces available, commuter busses to DC, and the added advantage of being 10 minutes to great sailing instead of being waaay upriver in the Potomac to be in DC proper. Baltimore also has lots of liveaboard availability, and cheaper than Annapolis.
07-15-2011 10:56 PM
Dean101 Thanks for the information everybody! I think it's a shame that liveaboards have such a negative image in the eyes of marina managers and the public in general. I read alot of articles/posts about derelict boats cluttering up harbors. Funny thing is that the pictures I see of them have nobody aboard. Town managers don't try to run everybody out of town when a select few junk up their properties. They just fine them, then charge them for the cost of cleanup. I'm sure they could locate the owners to rectify the situation. If they arent registered/documented, impound them, sell the boats, and apply the money to harbor upkeep. It's pretty easy to toss a few bad apples off the tree. Don't burn the tree in the process!

with any luck, I'll only need to stay in a marina for a year or two at most. After that, I'll be gone over the horizon, at least fr a few years!

Take care everybody!
07-15-2011 10:38 AM
MarioG Hey Dean We live on an E-32 and hve sailed the east in great comfort. Theres Sandy Point marina that we really liked and I know there were many live aboards.
07-15-2011 09:17 AM
McMikeJr
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Fort Monroe in Hampton at Point Comfort is closing. I was told that the military operated marina will become "civilian". It might be wise to keep an eye on what opportunities develop there. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
We're all watching that one closely; it's a great location! I believe the property has been turned over to the state, but from what I hear they haven't decided what they're doing yet, i.e. make it private or public. It really is a great location, something to keep any eye on! OPCYC may be able to help you, they're directly affected by what's going on.
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