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Hello, we have a son attending the University of Miami and are seriously looking for a liveaboard slip to rent. We are considering buying a 47 ft. Kencraft River Houseboat but unless we can find a viable slip we won't be able to do this.

We are currenctly expatriates working for the US government in Amman, Jordan and would like to have a base in Florida. We have lived aboard on a sailboat at the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor in Honolulu and are currently on their waiting list for another slip.

I'd appreciate any help you could give me. My husband will be in Miami in early May and I hope to be able to give him a list of place to look. By the way it was fun reading the different posting. Really made me homesick for the liveaboard lifestyle. Mahalo, Shukran and Thank You, Hawaiianliveaboard
 

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Given the state of the Florida Gold Coast real estate market right now...The odds are you could buy a "move in" condo for $40-45k and not have to worry about where you are going to move the houseboat during hurricane season--which is a serious concern for boaters in Florida. And, if your son has a couple of years left to go? Odds are very good that condo should come back up in value within five years, and net a small but real profit for you.

Unless you're really set on living on the water...
 

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You won't find a condo with access to a dock for ten times that price in Ft. Lauderdale, even in this economy. Since you can get the houseboat under the bridge clearance at the I-95 bridge, you'll be able to find the best rates for a liveaboard slip in Fort Lauderdale at the Marina Bay Resort Marina. I'm sure you can "google" that for contact information and pricing. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
 

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No one said a condo with access to a dock. I'm suggesting that since a houseboat is just a floating house, why not cut out the floating part and just get the house (or apartment) and save a lot of money in the process?

It isn't as if MOST houseboats EVER move, except from one long-term slip to another. Certainly not on Florida's Gold Coast, where the only place to cruise is up and down the ICW or the drainage canals.

Houseboat, slip, maintenance...all expenses. Florida real estate of any kind? Including condos? Is at record lows, which makes it a prime investment, when the purpose is to live someplace--not to go boating.
 

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Looking fora liveaboard slip between Miami & Ft. Lauderdale

Thank you for both responses. I first thought of a liveaboard as we've done it in the past and are now planning on retiring to a boat in Hawaii. The condo is a good idea and one that might fit our son when he's a Junior and may want to live off campus. We own a house in Santa Fe, NM and upkeep on a house even if it rented plus taxes and house insurance is not small change either.

My husband will be in Coral Gables in May and will check out Marina Bay Resort Marina and also condos near the University of Miami. I have to admit I just love the liveaboard community. But a condo may make more sense. Thanks to you both - Hawaiianliveaboard
 

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While he's running the numbers...I'm not sure about Miami-Dade County but in Broward (FLL) and some others, if you file for "homesteading" status on a residence, i.e. making it your primary residence, the tax bill is reduced substantially. As it also is for a condo versus a larger property lot with a home on it. That may not be possible for you--but then again, depending on where you go in Miami the housing can vary from "burnt out" to "two million dollar knock-downs". (Heck, I think Donald Trump's old place up the ICW was slated to be a $40 million dollar knock-down!)
 

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hawaiianliveaboard

Hellosailor, thank you for taking the time to post this advice. It's another piece of information we can follow up on. Happy New Year.
 
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