We've stayed on a mooring for 3 months in Boot Key Harbor. Plenty of ghetto boats there (not ready to move at a moments notice). We do enjoy being anchored out, or on a mooring, but can't discount living aboard *if* you find the right marina. There is a huge liveaboard community (cruisers in transit) here where we are. A couple of the ladies got together and put together a cruiser's net. Our dock neighbors are from the US, Australia, Denmark, and French Canadian. This is just one dock of 15 or so, with 367 slips. No junk on the docks or on boats. We all get along, have cookouts on the free grill on each dock, help each other with car rides for supplies, or just hang out together. Free beer and wine supplied by the marina three days a week (beer 24/7). Free laundry. Huge air conditioned cruiser's lounge with 3 TVs, library, computers and wifi. Clean restrooms and showers. Friendly staff.Lots of threads on living aboard and lots of diverse ideas on how to do it. There isn't one right answer. I will throw in my two cents that I vastly prefer to live aboard on a mooring rather than a dock, and then it is more like cruising than living in a ghetto. Most will disagree, but the comforts of the dock are outweighed by having neighbors right on top of each other, and inevitably having so many power cords, dock lines, things laying around here and there that to go sailing takes an hour or two. On a mooring the boat stays pretty much ready to go at a moment's notice and you keep your cruising systems operating so they are in tip top shape.
We're in Georgia. Check it out - brunswicklandingmarina.comSay what!!!! :eek
Where is this magical marina and what are you paying?
I've quit my job and aren't working and my wife left her job last Friday. We don't call it retired, we call it being on sabbatical. Working on finishing getting rid of house stuff and the house and plan to start heading South in the next month. I've never stayed in a marina slip, but for free beer will check it out :laugh