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.
Am I the only photographer here or is the rest hiding?
Come on forward if you share this hobby too! What kind of gear do you have, what works really well or not at all aboard, what kind of photography you like best, which subjects, techniques, which software you use etc. !
We have Canon 5D2 & 7D with glass that spans 12-200 mm. We do everything, from landscape to macro and like it all. We are experimenting with clamps to take the place of tripods aboard.
we’re just getting into it. we have a pentax k5. it is water resistant which hopefully helps in higher humidity, and we have a couple lenses. any older pentax lens will work in it too because it has internal stabilizers. so far just a few pics cause we’re busy getting ready to leave on our long term cruise. we really like it. it’s light and easy to use.
Re: Any photographers with DSLR’s around?
I was an avid Kodachrome shooter and into macro and landscapes back in the day. I just acquired a Nikon D3000, which I won in a photo contest using a snapshot taken by my Canon pocket-sized point-and-shoot. So, I’ll be interested in reading digital tips and techniques here.
As far as cameras and lenses on a boat, watch out for the humidity. Here on Nevis, the humidity this past summer caused a spot of mold to grow inside the elements of the lens of my little Canon. A similar thing happened to my Leica binoculars. Bummer!
About 5 years ago my wife and I had an idea of travelling the world on a sailing boat without ever having stepped aboard a sailing boat (familiar theme right). Tried a few local sailing weekends, loved it. Took a couple of courses, loved it. Bare-boat Chartered a couple of times in the med and really loved it. So decided to go whole hog and sell up and go boat shopping. Then life got in the way….wife and I fell pregnant so our plans were put on hold.
2 years of learning to be a parent and 5 years on after that initial spark and my 5 year plan alarm bell has started ringing! So it’s time to pick up where we left.
Back to the original point…. Apart from a boat and being able to sail, what are the most important skills and traits to learn before we jump in? My time and money are limited so I guess I’m trying to prioritized what I need to do to move forward.
You need patience, tenacity, and no fear of hard work.
And cash. The amount will depend on the above.
The rest can be learnt.
Sailing is easy. It’s all the other aspects of owning and living on a cruising-level boat that are hard .
Take the time to learn what you and your crew need and want in a cruising boat. I recommend buying an inexpensive, but sound and fully functional cruising boat, and get out there now. This will teach you what is important, and also start to develop those necessary skills, especially if you are a frugal cruiser with more time than money.
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