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Old 01-28-2018, 05:28 AM
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I'm back after a 4 year absence from the site. I sold my boat and pursued other interests for a few years. Changes in my personal life bring me to a place where I am making plans for my future (alone).

It's always been my dream to live aboard. I used to spend most of April to October on the boat but never wintered. Eventually I will move south but that is at least a few years away. In the mean time I'd like to buy a boat this year that will be my live aboard for the next few years in NJ then south. I have done the research and read people's experience living aboard full time in Maryland so I somewhat know what to expect. I have been shopping and found several options for boats but I am seeing few options for marinas. I understand that Philadelphia Marine Center is an option but I prefer not to live in Philadelphia. Liberty Landing has been suggested as a "stay aboard" and is an option but my preference is to be in Monmouth or Ocean counties. My research has come up empty.

Are there marinas in Monmouth or Ocean counties that allow living aboard.
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Originally Posted by MikeAstringer View Post
I'm back after a 4 year absence from the site. I sold my boat and pursued other interests for a few years. Changes in my personal life bring me to a place where I am making plans for my future (alone).

It's always been my dream to live aboard. I used to spend most of April to October on the boat but never wintered. Eventually I will move south but that is at least a few years away. In the mean time I'd like to buy a boat this year that will be my live aboard for the next few years in NJ then south. I have done the research and read people's experience living aboard full time in Maryland so I somewhat know what to expect. I have been shopping and found several options for boats but I am seeing few options for marinas. I understand that Philadelphia Marine Center is an option but I prefer not to live in Philadelphia. Liberty Landing has been suggested as a "stay aboard" and is an option but my preference is to be in Monmouth or Ocean counties. My research has come up empty.

Are there marinas in Monmouth or Ocean counties that allow living aboard.
what boats you considering?

have you called or emailed marinas to ask?
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Mike: I'm going through the same process as you. I'll be living aboard full time as of Jan 2019 (actually probably more like November of this year since I'll probably have my house rented out by December).

I can't help you in your neck of woods but make sure you find a marina that promotes the liveaboard lifestyle and not just tolerates them. That's gonna be your new neighborhood!!

What's your timeline? Are you gonna start this year? Good luck in your search for a boat.
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what boats you considering?

have you called or emailed marinas to ask?

I have emailed a handful of marinas at the Jersey Shore who have told me no and did not have suggestions.

I am looking at several. My top choice at this point is a 36' Carver. There is also a 37' Silverton I'm interested in. Neither are huge but both are my in price range. I used to do 6-months a year comfortably on my 30' Cruisers. I work remotely so I pretty much spent 24-hours a day on the boat.
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Originally Posted by South of Heaven View Post
Mike: I'm going through the same process as you. I'll be living aboard full time as of Jan 2019 (actually probably more like November of this year since I'll probably have my house rented out by December).

I can't help you in your neck of woods but make sure you find a marina that promotes the liveaboard lifestyle and not just tolerates them. That's gonna be your new neighborhood!!

What's your timeline? Are you gonna start this year? Good luck in your search for a boat.
My plan (as long as I find the right vessel and the right marina) is to pull the trigger late Spring or early Summer then move on-board sometime this summer.
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Originally Posted by MikeAstringer View Post
I have emailed a handful of marinas at the Jersey Shore who have told me no and did not have suggestions.

I am looking at several. My top choice at this point is a 36' Carver. There is also a 37' Silverton I'm interested in. Neither are huge but both are my in price range. I used to do 6-months a year comfortably on my 30' Cruisers. I work remotely so I pretty much spent 24-hours a day on the boat.
what i would do is call each one, and then you will have your answer.
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Possibly Townsends Marina in Forked River.
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ps. post on trawlerforum or other websites where you might expect more liveaboards
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I believe Viking in New Gretna (tuckerton) and Key Harbor in Waretown might be able to help
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This may be to far south for you, but I believe Breezy Lee Marina in Cape May tolerates live aboards during the season.
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I’m On Long Island . Many towns here do not allow liveabords. However I now a few people that have been on board for years. If you are a normal guy, marinas sometimes like to have eyes on things during the winter.
My advice is not so much on what boat to buy but rather what heating system are you going to use. This is the one most important factor living aboard. Also consider waste removal and freash water availability.
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Originally Posted by jdps150 View Post
I believe Viking in New Gretna (tuckerton) and Key Harbor in Waretown might be able to help
Thank you. Key Harbor is a no. Waiting to hear back from Viking.
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I think Channel club in Monmouth Beach allowed but it was very expensive. You had to add $1,500 per season for the privilege. I have not clue if they had boat size requirements. They are also pretty expensive to begin with.
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Your choices are going to be extremely limited, especially in Monmouth County. Most marinas with floating docks pull them in the winter, due to concerns over icing damage. And every one that I know of shuts their fresh water supply off before the first sub-freezing night.

Shelter Harbor in Beach Haven offers year-round slips to owners. Most of the marina consists of slips that are owned as opposed to rented, and therefore the marina is full of larger boats all year long. Something like that would probably be your best option in NJ. If you’re not against buying a slip, as opposed to renting one.

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Thank you. Key Harbor is a no. Waiting to hear back from Viking.
Viking definitely allows liveaboards. We have two on the same row of slips as we are on.
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No boats in the water from Dec, through March at townsends
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Try Seaview Harbor Marina in Egg Harbor Township. It is right behind Longport / north side of Ocean City in the GE Inlet. They have a lot of big boats that people use as their summer residence, so I am assuming that you can stay there year-round since most of those boats are in the water all year.
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may be a bit too far north in Monmouth County but Browns Point Marina in Keyport has year round wet slips.
I had slip there back in 1996 and they allowed live aboards then. Not sure if they stil do,
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Mike, might I make a suggestion for Holiday Habor marina in waretown. Very nice place. But there are MANY to choose from. Its like buying a house, location location location. I would be picky as hell with marina choice if I was to live aboard. I was impressed with High Bar Harbor Marina in LBI.

Also, I see you are interested in a live aboard boat.. We just listed this.... and well for the price, the interior is roomy!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/25340759851...84.m1558.l2649
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Farley marina in AC allow liveaboard if I’m not mistaken. Water shuts off early (oct?). Pump outs on the docks, bathrooms and showers.

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