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 United States.
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.
Marinas can be very safe places to live. Look for ones that have security gates at each dock and have a watchman on duty at night.
A Marina Secured Dock Gate
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.
I like a facility that offers a degree of privacy such as enclosed toilets and shower facilities.
A Good Marina Restroom
Unless you have a real big yacht, you will appreciate a marina that has a clean modern laundromat with machines that work and the ability to get change.
True Luxury: A Marina Laundromat
I like marinas that have modern pedestals and finger piers. The best pedestals are equipped with hookups for electricity, water, and cable television.
A finger pier allows you to enter your boat from the side. Without one you have to climb aboard the bow or stern - whichever is nearest the main dock.
If the marina furnishes a lock box bolted to the dock next to the pedestal, you can consider that a welcome bonus.
Marina with Modern Pedestals and Finger Piers
Since your boat will be your home and the marina is your community, you might consider finding one that has a swimming pool.
I've made my home at several marinas with beautiful pools, including this one in Miami Beach.
Sunset Harbour, Miami Beach
Living-Aboard.com has compiled a list of marinas that we understand allow you to live on your boat full time. We have stayed at some of them, but you should do your own research based on what you want and need.
NORTH CAROLINA MARINAS
- Cape Fear Marina, Wilmington
- Lamb's Marina, Camden
- New Bern Grand Marina, New Bern
- Northwest Creek Marina, New Bern
- Pelican Marina, Elizabeth City
- Port City Marina, Wilmington
- Southport Marina, Southport
- Whittaker Pointe Marina, Oriental
- Wilmington Marine Center, Wilmington
SOUTH CAROLINA MARINAS
- Downtown Marina, Beaufort
- Lady's Island Marina, Beaufort
- Port Royal Landing Marina, Beaufort
- Skull Creek Marina, Hilton Head Island
- Brunswick Landing Marina, Brunswick
- Isle of Hope Marina, Savannah
Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach
Palafox Pier & Yacht Harbour, Pensacola
Panama City Marina, Panama City
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sea Hag Marina, Steinhatchee
Conch House Marina, St. Augustine
Fernandina Harbor Marina, Fernandina Beach
Mandarin Holiday Marina, Jacksonville
Ortega River Yacht Club Marina, Jacksonville
CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA
Eau Gallie Yacht Basin, Melbourne
Halifax Harbor Marina, Daytona Beach
Harbortown Marina, Merritt Island
Melbourne Harbor Marina, Melbourne
New Smyrna City Marina, New Smyrna Beach
Titusville Municipal Marina, Titusville
Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce
Vero Beach Municipal Marina, Vero Beach
Astor Bridge Marina, Astor
Green Cove Springs Marina, Green Cove Springs
Monroe Harbour Marina, Sanford
Sanford Boat Works & Marina, Sanford
CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA
Blind Pass Marina, St. Pete Beach
Harborage Marina, St. Petersburg
Longboat Key Marina, Longboat Key
Parrot Cove Marina, Bradenton
Pasadena Marina, St. Petersburg
Regatta Pointe Marina, Bradenton
St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, St. Pete
Twin Dolphin Marina, Bradenton
Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda
Calusa Island Marina, Goodland
Fort Myers City Yacht Basin, Fort Myers
Legacy Harbour Marina, Fort Myers
Marco Island Marina, Marco Island
Marinatown Yacht Harbour, N. Fort Myers
Old Cove Marina, Naples
Port of the Islands Marina, Naples
Snook Bight Marina, Fort Myers Beach
Boot Key Harbor City Marina, Marathon
Dinner Key Marina, Coconut Grove (Miami)
Hollywood Marina, Hollywood
Harbour Town Marina, Dania
- · \Mangrove Marina, Tavernier
Miami River Point Marina, Miami
Royale Palm Marina, Dania
Lauderdale Marine Center, Fort Lauderdale
Marina Bay Resort, Fort Lauderdale
Miami Beach Marina, Miami Beach
Palm Harbor Marina, West Palm Beach
Royale Palm Yacht Basin, Dania Beach
- Alred Marina, Guntersville
- Barber Marina, Orange Beach
Our list of 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.
Also, let us know if a marina should not be on this list.
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