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04-25-2007 11:32 PM
karlheinz I lived aboard in NY Harbor for almost 7 years (that ended in 2003 when I left though). Check out Marine Basin Marina - it's in the Gravesend Bay area (find Nelly Bligh amusement park) and it's right at the end of the same street. There were some 5-6 liveaboard folks there when I left. No idea if still feasible.

Another option would be Staten Island - Great Kills Harbor.

Karlheinz
01-09-2007 11:07 AM
brak
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Originally Posted by jakmedic
This may be of no help, but about 7 years ago I had a friend (no longer in touch with) who did live aboard his 35 footer with his wife for about 3 years in Brooklyn (through the winter too). She then left him for a man with a house, and he sailed off somewhere.
Lucky bastard!
01-09-2007 04:12 AM
jakmedic This may be of no help, but about 7 years ago I had a friend (no longer in touch with) who did live aboard his 35 footer with his wife for about 3 years in Brooklyn (through the winter too). She then left him for a man with a house, and he sailed off somewhere. Anyway, this may be of no help because I don't remember where the marina was, except I recall visiting him at the dock by driving along the Belt Parkway and getting off somewhere between Bensonhurst and Canarsie. Maybe if you drove along Neptune ave and checked out the marinas you'd find it...sorry can't be more specific, but I know, at least 7 years ago, it could be done...
01-07-2007 09:36 AM
sailingdog Ahh... that blows chunks... oh well.. a lot of the NE marinas do operate through the winter and do allow liveaboards.
01-06-2007 02:58 PM
hellosailor SD-
In the NYC area "most marinas" and "winter" are alien concepts. Most shut down for the winter, and the rest are terrified that someone will fall off icy docks, they claim insurance will not let them operate in the winter because of this. Out of what's left? Well, a number pull moorings. Some actually don't have the shoreside bathrooms operating in the winter, there's only the "employee" one in the shop or office, don't expect a shower.
Anyone who thinks this is sunny Florida where they can expect to find liveaboard space--on a dock or mooring, clandestine or tacit--and do it year round, is in for a real surprise. A lot of shoeleather can be spent looking and asking, and it will have to be shoeleather because no one will give a quiet wink over the telephone.
This is *not* an easy place to find liveaboard space. Ignoring the NJ marinas on the Hudson (last I'd heard PI wasn't the only one that allowed liveaboards) AFAIK, the only place that legally and openly condoned liveaboards was the West 79th Street Boat Basin, and the only way to get one of those slots is to buy the buy that is in it. That's also changing, as the city tries to get rid of derelicts in the mud and rebuild the marina. Haven't heard how the latest round of lawsuits there has gone.
Haven't heard anyone, in at least a decade, actually cite one other place (by name) that actually accepts liveaboards in NYC proper. Even up on City Island, where space has been tight for a long time (too many yuppie condos) and the "short ride" to downtown Manhattan is about an hour long, bus to the subway at the end of the line, and not considered a particularly safe line to ride during off hours.
01-06-2007 12:03 PM
sailingdog Most marinas have sanitary faciliities, so if there isn't a pumpout facility, then just use the shore-based ones instead. That way, you can also leave the head system winterized, and prevent problems with freezing, at least in the wintertime.
01-06-2007 10:48 AM
brak I find that lack of pumpouts just causes everyone to pump overboard quietly. Not that I am advocating anything like that.

Too bad the marina at Port Imperial is gone - they did permit liveaboards specifically.
01-06-2007 01:16 AM
hellosailor A lot of clubs and marinas informally will wink and nod if you say "Well, I'm going through a divorce and may be staying on the boat a lot" but if you want to live aboard, and know that you won't be asked to leave "Now" one day...there are very few who will sanction it full time. And very few who run launch service outside of the summer season. Sneaking in quietly can work, but in NYC waters you've also got one other problem: No working pumpout stations. Yeah, they're listed, they're all either just closed, out of order, or listed incorrectly. Little problems like that. (OK, there's one up in Bayside, in the summer only, and one about two hours "inland" from Sheepshead Bay up one of the creeks. Good luck.)
01-06-2007 01:02 AM
brak I heard of people living on boats moored in Sheepshead bay. My friend has a boat there (and is a member of a club) and he met a few of those guys. I am not sure having no direct access to land without a dinghy and no shore power is what you are looking for, though.
01-06-2007 12:49 AM
hellosailor There's an East End Avenue in Brooklyn that goes down to open water??
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