Florida liveaboard marinas can be supportive communities of like minded people, but it takes some searching to find one that is right for you and your needs.
Not all marinas allow liveaboards.
Sometimes it's a case of their government permit not allowing permanent residents on boats in the marina.
This is becoming the situation more often all over the State of Florida.
If you are still working in a job that requires you to go to an office or factory every day, you will need to find a place near your job.
If, on the other hand, you are truly retired and can live anywhere your marina choices can be easier to make.
If you are a party animal, some marinas will be just for you. If you are a person that likes your peace and quiet, you need to look for that kind of place.
I have ruled out living aboard in marinas that have tiki bars on the property that stay open until all hours. For others of you, that could be just what you are looking for.
If you tend to use the head and shower on your boat, then the size and quality of the marina restroom facilities will not be so important. But if you like to keep your holding tank empty and enjoy unlimited hot water in your showers, look for a great restroom when you are deciding on a marina.
The marinas on this website with links are ones that I have either visited or stayed at on one of my boats and wouldn't mind doing so again. Just click on the link for more information.
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA
CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA
CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA
If you will be living aboard your boat it is important you have a boat yard you can be confident in using. You will need to periodically haul your boat for bottom work and other problems. Some of the marinas listed on this website have boat yards where you can either work on your boat yourself or have it done.
Boat yards are becoming harder to find in Florida as the years go buy and the value of waterfront property continues to climb. If you find one you like, make sure to give them your business and encourage them to stay in business rather than succumbing to the temptation of selling the property to a condo developer.
Here are some boatyards that we know about, have used and can recommend.
Our list of Florida liveaboard marinas is a work in progress. Please let us know of others that you are aware of and we'll add them to our list. Let us know which marinas you like or don't like and why.
By Mike Miller, Copyright 2012-2017 Living-Aboard.com
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