^This is good advice. I think it's becoming important to simply not say the word "liveaboard". Basically, it's come to mean "unwashed bum piling garbage around soon-to-be-liability derelict boat that never leaves the slip." At least as far as many marinas are concerned. And they aren't wrong, in many cases. Make it clear that you are an actual boater, with a job, as opposed to someone looking for "cheap" rent.One other thing too is to discuss in person if at all possible, be sure to mention you are moving to the area due to employment. Be well dressed and clean shaven/trimmed hair. I suggest stating that you will be staying aboard, possibly till you find housing or might stay if happy there. You might be able to liveabord for several year as "till you find someplace." I am not suggesting lying, but the term liveaboard can connote some negativity. Also if your mention your work and possibly how nice your boat is into the discussion. Many places are trying to limit who lives aboard, and often when they find out your gainfully employed and that your boat is well maintained the wait lists might disappear or "no liveaboard" may not be such a firm position. Most places I have called will firmly say on the phone, no liveaboards, yet when approached in person by a clean cut, well dressed professional they may say they allow it. One place I looked at in New York said "we don't allow liveabords so we will just say you are aboard a lot." As far as Portland marinas, can't help there.