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Old 09-15-2020, 12:21 PM   #61
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This old woman dumped a pan of something off the bow of her boat. The liquid left a ring/stain like substance floating on the surface.
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I was informed later that what she had dumped was urine.
Urine doesn't do that. I can't even see how the marina staff could prove that after the fact. I'm guessing you called, there was a history (They were probably known to be offensive to the eye and the nose), the marina had had enough, and that is the reason they gave for asking them to leave.
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:08 PM   #62
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Still better than an RV or trailer park, IMO
Depends on marina and RV Park.

Both can vary from dump to resort.
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:12 PM   #63
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I have been in marinas where money or certain habits may have fooled the eye but not my ethics meter.
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:32 AM   #64
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Shrew -Urine doesn't do that. I can't even see how the marina staff could prove that after the fact.
Someone who is belligerent enough to dump anything, would mix it with something else to cover the material being dumped. I'm not witness to such mixing, nor am I a chemist.
But, being informed later of a substance like that, leads me to believe somebody had to make a pretty serious effort to fact-find this stuff floating in the water, salt water at that.
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I always dump my wet vac into the marina. Or perhaps I should say, I dump my wet vac back into the marina. I suck up the bilge water after working on the AC SW hull valve. The water gets warm during the summer, the sea critters build up in the grating of the SW inlet impeding the flow. The diver never gets it clean enough so I attack it from the inside.
So from whence it comes, whence it goes. SMILE
I should point out, I have no oil or grease in my bilges.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:39 AM   #66
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It only takes one bad Apple to spoil the whole barrel. Four out of five liveaboards look like every other boat in the marina but that 5th one is usually a blue tarp special with bikes and plants all over it. Boat hasnít been washed or left the dock for years, there is a collection of derelict dingys around it and the owner has three broken down cars in the parking lot. Not to mention this same person keeps throwing tenant rights Complaints at the port manager. Same individual is probably pumping black water at night and has a barking dog that defecates on the dock regularly.
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So many good replies in this thread. If you end up dealing with a marina that indicates they "don't like live aboards" (but do not have a policy prohibiting them), send them this article:

https://48north.com/news/theres-a-fire-in-the-marina/

As live aboards, we have saved boats in the marina during storms in the middle of the night, reported fuel spills, continuous running bilge pumps, electrical outages, etc. Some of which would have gone unchecked until the next day with potentially disastrous consequences. They like us around here!
2 spot on responses.
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2 spot on responses.
I agree all are spot on.
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Now for my first post...I bought a Carver 3607 so that I could live aboard it during the summer here in Maine where I am a nurse at a coastal hospital. I apparently got lucky because I was able to get a slip my first year as a boat owner. The reason I got lucky was due to Covid 19. The decreased transient traffic allowed the marina to rent me slip for the season. I keep my boat looking as clean as it can be for a well used 1985. It smells of neither toilet nor Pine-sol. I don't bug my neighbors, I pay my marina bills and I follow the rules. I take the boat out to the various Islands of PenBay every weekend. After getting my wife to "love" the boat I was compelled to ask about next year. I was told that I would be put on a list for next year but that a second year on the dock is unlikely. I am on several marina's "wait lists" hoping to get lucky once again. I won't have an answer from any until at least March. I really do not want to take a dinghy out to a mooring at 11pm 5 nights a week. Please wish me luck...
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Welcome Phatboat!

Enjoy you months in that area. Penobscot Bay is GREAT!
Penbay is fantastic. So much so that PENBAY is my vanity plate for my car. I was just informed that I am at the top of the list for a slip next year. Yeah! In the meantime my boat is getting put on the hard as hurricane Teddy is sure to flip some boats at the marina.
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I love waking up on my boat at a marina.

I love going to sleep on my boat at a marina.

Come to think of it, I love being on my boat anytime at a marina... or anywhere else for that matter.

But, yes living on a boat is a wonderful way to negotiate life and I wish there were more opportuties and space for liveaboard living, not less.
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I love waking up on my boat at a marina.

I love going to sleep on my boat at a marina.

Come to think of it, I love being on my boat anytime at a marina... or anywhere else for that matter.

But, yes living on a boat is a wonderful way to negotiate life and I wish there were more opportuties and space for liveaboard living, not less.
I would agree with all of this.
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Old 09-26-2020, 06:17 AM   #72
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City may say does not meet their codes compliance. Used to be at a marina in city of Hampton VA, marina had to post a sign in a window saying no liveaboards due to violation of city ordinance.
And this was an official city notice printed up by the city, not the marina.
But regardless about 5% did live on their boats.
I think it was due to sewage pollution issues, the city claiming liveaboards dump their raw sewage into the water from the boat. Thing is they themselves are guilty of much worse sewage pollution, for years, a broken sewage pipe leaked millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Back River. And some state water quality personnel came by to the marina in Seaford off Chisman creek to take water samples 2 days ago, saying Hampton had another major sewage leak


And in Seaford when I got my slip, she said they did not want people living aboard, and no one does there. It is a much smaller marina.
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OP: I was a full time liveaboard for 18 months in Boston. I had a great experience but it wasn't easy.

There are many factors. As others have mentioned, many times the management doesn't like liveaboards and/or understand our lifestyle.

The real estate thing is a biggie too. Boston's home prices and rents are VERY high. So having people living on a boat for a fraction of the prevailing cost of living many times conjures up bad vibes for folks. Pure jealousy mostly. Lol.

Another big problem in the northeast with liveaboards is the higher rate of boat fires due to heating in the winter. Like propane, space heaters, shoddy electrical work etc. Big liability.

I would keep searching though. There are good marinas out there that allow liveaboards. But they are few and far between unfortunately.
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Whats strange though, the boats in the water..... good chance have electrical resistance heating for engines engine rooms and possible living spaces on low.

And they go unattended for greater periods of time.

Wonder what the stats split really is.
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Plenty of live aboard marinas on the Chesapeake.
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OP: I was a full time liveaboard for 18 months in Boston. I had a great experience but it wasn't easy.

There are many factors. As others have mentioned, many times the management doesn't like liveaboards and/or understand our lifestyle.

The real estate thing is a biggie too. Boston's home prices and rents are VERY high. So having people living on a boat for a fraction of the prevailing cost of living many times conjures up bad vibes for folks. Pure jealousy mostly. Lol.

Another big problem in the northeast with liveaboards is the higher rate of boat fires due to heating in the winter. Like propane, space heaters, shoddy electrical work etc. Big liability.

I would keep searching though. There are good marinas out there that allow liveaboards. But they are few and far between unfortunately.
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It only takes one bad Apple to spoil the whole barrel. Four out of five liveaboards look like every other boat in the marina but that 5th one is usually a blue tarp special with bikes and plants all over it. Boat hasnít been washed or left the dock for years, there is a collection of derelict dingys around it and the owner has three broken down cars in the parking lot. Not to mention this same person keeps throwing tenant rights Complaints at the port manager. Same individual is probably pumping black water at night and has a barking dog that defecates on the dock regularly.
Wow, You nailed it! We have one of those at each marina.
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We had one such boat in our marina. Recently, the owner was asked to leave which he did. It is now anchored, four or five anchors surrounding, in a cove nearby and he is living aboard. It's engine is inoperable. The owner is well over 80 years old. Nice guy. He has no intention of moving anywhere else. He will die on that boat and we will have another derelict boat with which to deal.
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We had one such boat in our marina. Recently, the owner was asked to leave which he did. It is now anchored, four or five anchors surrounding, in a cove nearby and he is living aboard. It's engine is inoperable. The owner is well over 80 years old. Nice guy. He has no intention of moving anywhere else. He will die on that boat and we will have another derelict boat with which to deal.
Wonder how many people die on their boat [from natural causes - old age especially]??

Not a bad place to kiss it all goodbye!!

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Wonder how many people die on their boat [from natural causes - old age especially]??

Not a bad place to kiss it all goodbye!!

It happens but not often. They usually die in a hospital. We did just loose one who passed away in the night. On his boat. First time in many many years.
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The prior owner of our boat dropped dead on the boat on a Friday, the day after we agreed on the final price after survey. The sale was completed the following Monday. The widow must have engaged an attorney to get the propoer paperwork filed so tjat she could sign transfer papers for the estate.
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It happens but not often. They usually die in a hospital. We did just loose one who passed away in the night. On his boat. First time in many many years.
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