I am curious if this is how most are treated at liveaboard Marinas. I’ve been spending some of my free days off from work checking out local Marina’s expanding out from the hospital i work at and things were going very well, most places were extremely nice about renting a slip, but the minute I mentioned liveaboard, many the attitude just changed drastically and they didn’t seem so interested in showing me more or talking to me more about the Marina. I found that if i ignored the question of wanting to live aboard that i could get much better tours of the Marinas, many i come to find don’t allow staying on the boat more than a few days a month overnight.
it seems that most want around $650 to $1200 to rent a liveaboard slip, which seems very high since i have spoken to a few who said they pay in the $200-400 range to live at a Marina.
Reply by Kenomac
It would help to know where you’re located. But no, I get just the opposite attitude and treatment when I live aboard for two months of the year in a beautiful marina in Italy near Venice for only $300 per month.
Much of it does depend on how one presents themselves and the boat. When I was living aboard for four months of the year in Shoreline Village, Long Beach, CA. Eight years ago, you could really tell who most of the liveaboards were by all the junk on deck. And the parked, beat up old vans filled with junk in the parking lot. Who wants to look at that all the time?
Still, there were some like us in our Hunter at the time, nobody would’ve known the difference. No junk on deck, no car filled with junk in the parking lot over night… just another boat. The marina isn’t afraid of people living aboard in well-kept boats. They’re afraid of having to go through the trouble to evict bums on boats and or dealing. With abandoned junk boats without working engines.
For Sale – Traditional Narrow Beam Houseboat / Canal boat Year: 1981
The Ship Brokers team are delighted to offer this fantastic Narrow boat for sale. She’s a 56 ft traditional narrow beam called “The Colonel”, currently moored on the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal in Central London.
As you step down into the cratch of the boat and proceed through the front doors you’re immediately in a spacious and well finished living room area with wood burner, sofa and TV.
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As you pass by the bed there is another smaller room area that is currently used as an office. There is both desk space and wardrobe storage which helps to make this boat a great livaboard oppurtunity.
Finally there is a doorway leading into the engine room where the BMC engine is housed and started from. It’s also where the batteries are kept and the rear door for the access to the tiller at the steering position.
She’s a 1981 boat but has recently been subject to a complete, bare shell professional refit last year and re-launched in June 2017.
The work during the refit includes:
Professionally shot blasted back to a bare shell and painted in two-pack Hempel epoxy paint. No hauling out / blacking required for the next 5 years minimum.
New anodes fitted.Completely stripped out inside and professionally spray foam insulated throughout.
Completely re-wired, with 12V and 240V sockets throughout.
Plumbing professionally replaced throughout.
Brand new kitchen, appliances, sink and tap.
Slate flooring throughout the rear section of the boat, and solid maple hardwood floor in the living room.
Brand new, bespoke Channelglaze double glazed windows throughout including frosted glass bathroom windows.
Walk through bathroom with 3/4 length bath and shower screen.
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Diesel fired Bubble corner stove with separate diesel tank at the front, which can be run continuously at very low cost throughout the winter without the need to constantly buy coal or logs.
1.5 BMC diesel engine professionally rebuilt by Calcutt boats in 2012, coupled to a simple, reliable PRM gearbox with Morse control.
Morco LPG-fired instant water heater.
The Colonel offers a great opportunity to own your own, comfortable, warm and cosy home in central London for under £40k. There is still a small snag list of small jobs that need completing but these are minimal but this is generally small cosmetic finishing issues.
We have a full gallery of images that document the refit work as well as a large pack of receipts and paperwork.
Her previous owner bought her in April 2015, completely refitted her in 2016 and relaunched her in 2017, he then lived on her whilst he worked in the City. The reason for the sale is simply a change in work circumstances and an opportunity to buy a flat came up forcing a reluctant sale.