Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Re: Is it safe to sleep overnight at the marina?
This OP has posted in several different forums regarding living aboard in SoCal marinas. I don't know if she's naive, new to sailing, trolling Sailnet, or all of the above. Either way, living aboard in SoCal is no cakewalk, and isn't something you can just move in to, even in the cheapest marinas. I was on the live aboard list for 5 years before I moved back to the desert, and I never got the call from the harbor master telling me that my that my request had been approved.
Which is not the same thing as saying that I didn't end up being a (mostly) sneak aboard live aboard, spending more than the legally allowed four nights onboard. And, there is a right way to do that, and a wrong way.
The right way is to do it incrementally. Keep your $hit tight, your head down, your car clean (yes, this is an important aspect to sneaking aboard), and avoid cramming your cockpit with $hit that screams "I live here", and basically be as invisible as you can possibly be. No partying with fellow dock inhabitants. Basically, keeping to yourself will keep the management off your ass. It also helps if you pay your slip fee on time, every time, or in advance.
I enjoyed my live aboard/sneak aboard time, and would have been perfectly happy to spend the rest of my life doing so. Alas, my career aspirations didn't allow such vagrant behavior.