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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

Hi all,

I am in Southern California and most marinas I've researched seem pretty safe here. I am looking at Marina Del Rey, Redondo Beach and Long Beach. The marinas here are gated and locked but since this is my first boat I don't know the environment very well yet.

I am planning to spend 3-4 nights a week on the boat so I would be there often.

It's unfortunate that I have to be this paranoid and prepared but it only takes one time for something wrong to happen.
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

I lived aboard for a while in the Wilmington/Longbeach area . . . very safe, even the "unsavory" looking types when you get to know them are really quite nice friendly and protective of their fellow dock and marina neighbors . . .
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I am locked in every night at anchor or in a marina.

Also there's small tear gas canisters available to have by your bed.

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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

I'm just here waiting for the gun nuts to show up.
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Shssss! Don't wake them . . . .
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

My wife and I spend a lot of time at our marina, and at others around the SF Bay area. We feel very safe, although common sense suggests that we all use "situational awareness". I haven't made a system of locking the companionway from the inside, but I think it is a good idea.
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

It all comes down to location...location...location.
At our marina, (she never has) but my wife would not hesitate to stay alone on the boat, and I would let her. I might add that our boat cannot be locked from the inside and there are no locked gates, cameras or any kind of security.
It all depends on the marina and the people who make up the marina community.
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

I, too, wouldn't give it a second thought! Can't imagine anything "bad" ever happpening.
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

Our boat, a J37, can easily lock from the inside, but I can't imagine a boat in which you couldn't rig a secure lock mechanism. Good luck!
I was so sure there was nothing to be concerned about, but now that I've read some of the comments about being at least cautious, I will be from now on. So thank you!
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?

I think it all comes down to the marina location and what type of foot traffic it might get. If I thought it was dickey I would just put the companionway board in and close the hatch and lock it from inside. But I guess that depends a lot on what other port-lights you have for ventilation.

Never have had a problem on the boat, just in my house that was in a development in almost no where.

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