The quick and easy answer is what would a club, marina be able to change or turn off if they didn't have liveaboards.
Good question. Marinas, even yacht clubs, are businesses and should proceed in a business like fashion.
We wouldn't need snow removal on the docks.
I do not agree. It takes some time pressure off but water saturation during thermal cycling is really bad for dock boards. In the marinas where I lived aboard *I* was usually the first clearing the dock. The staff really liked me. *grin* That kind of relationship pays huge dividends for the liveaboard and the marina.
We wouldn't need winter water or heated bathrooms.
There are lots of ways to deal with winter water including water parties and shifting in-water boats around to consolidate service requirements.
Bathrooms are a different thing. You really do need heated bathrooms for 3-season boaters. The marginal cost is keeping them heated which is partially balanced by having to dewater and winterize. A lot depends on where your bath house is and if it is attached to a larger building that is heated anyway.
The boats tend to not leave the dock.
Not unique to liveaboards.
There is a feeling of homesteading where they try to claim parts of the club grounds as "their" property because it's "their" home forgetting the property is owned by the club and their boat is their owned home. We have had issues with storage trailers being parked on the grounds with motorcycles or interior house furnishings by multiple liveaboards against our rules and having them moved presents confrontational issues. First thing they claim is that they are being discriminated against because they are liveaboards.
Certainly a problem. I too have seen homesteading. Vans, station wagons, trailers, and even storage containers show up. This is not unique to liveaboards. Major racing programs do much the same. I suggest that requirements that vehicles be in good running order, insured, and properly registered applied to the entire property are appropriate.
If a group wants special treatment they should expect to pay for it.
If a property allows for it a designated area for boat and storage trailers and a reasonable fee makes sense to me.
Parking is almost always a problem. Paying for a sticker for long-term parking should not be offensive.
In MD it is a way to escape property tax. The argument that's that's in the fee doesn't hold.
It does hold. The club or marina pays property tax and the cost flows through to slipholders, liveaboard or not, in slip fees. This is that same way that people who rent houses or apartments "pay" property tax.
While Shawn is right some boats are not as " pretty " as his, many of the liveaboards adorn their boats with trees and plamts and deck furniture you wouldn't normally see in a marina without liveaboards.
I see a lot of weekend warriors who don't take their boats out with similar accouterments. Rules should apply to everyone. If you don't want anything left out on the docks then address that: dinghies, bikes, chairs, dock boxes, trash, etc.
In our club unlike Shawn who has a po box, most liveaboards have packages delivered to our office.
USPS PO boxes don't allow package delivery from UPS, FedEx, or DHL. You can get a PO box at a UPS service center. Lots of people, not just liveaboards, like an address to ship bulky items to, particularly in this age of smaller cars. Some things like anchor chain can be much less expensive to ship to a commercial address. I ship to customers at marina addresses all the time and that is for pretty small items.
It's hard to generalize as everyone is different, but most of our liveaboards have been compliant and respectful. That being said our biggest problems with run down boats have come from liveaboards.
Which is a good thing. Not every marina and club is so fortunate.
You left out increased incidence of electrical issues and the increased potential for fire due to charred shore power connectors.
Certainly if we had a predominance of liveaboards in the slips the " culture" of our club would change.
You bet. There really is (my opinion) some improved security by the presence of liveaboards, and opportunity to respond to facility failures before they cascade. There are also some issues with increased use and presence (parking again).
I do however believe we should have a rule requiring that the boats leave their slips for a couple hours on a monthly basis( sans Dec- March) so we don't have boats permanently affixed to the docks with inoperable engines.
"Demonstrate navigable" is a reasonable requirement as long as there is a similarly reasonable space for repairs.