Join Date: Feb 2002
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Re: Obtaining Liveaboard in Longbeach / LA area
First step is don't give up your current housing just yet.
Without going in to answer all the questions, I can give you the basics. Along the temperate west coast all marinas limit the number of liveaboards. Most marinas will have a size minimum, example 32 feet. Some marina will turn a blind eye to someone living aboard, I know guys living on a Catalina 30 and another living on a 25 footer. I would not move out of your home or apartment to try this experiment though.
Most marinas will have a waiting list of a year or more just to get a slip for a non live-aboard in anything over 30 feet. Sometimes a boat or a slip will be grandfathered in, meaning if you buy someones liveaboard you get the liveaboard rights with the boat/slip. Depending on the waiting list for the liveaboard slips, this grandfathered slip might go for a huge premium.
It sounds like you have thought this out and would be the exact kind of person a Harbor Master would like to see in the marina, not the dirtbag trying to live cheap and on the water because it's cool. I would suggest talking to every marina and yachtclub ask them the questions you asked here. When you get a consensus of what they are looking for tailor your approach to that.
One other approach is the yacht clubs, depending on the club they may own the marina near them and while these yacht clubs may be expensive to join if you can get a slip and liveaboard status, it may pay off in the long run as the slip rents may be cheaper and the facilities would be worth it to a long time liveaboard.
I also suggest you start learning to sail. The best way is to start racing, you will meet a ton of people and get invited to the parties after a race which usually take place at a yacht club. Knock on every door and have a drink at every yacht club.
Good luck in your quest.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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