Florida liveaboard mooring fields give you a chance to live on your boat without having to spend as much as you would on a typical marina slip fee.
A mooring field is a permanent anchorage with anchors strategically placed so your boat can tie up and swing with the wind and tide without impacting other boats in the field.
You hook up to a buoy that is attached to a heavy submerged anchor of some kind provided by mooring field management.
The mooring fields are quite often adjacent to marinas and provide permanent mooring spaces at a more economical rate that the marina itself. Sometimes the cost of living on a mooring is about half that of being in the marina at a slip.
Most of the mooring fields include marina amenities in their cost. In other words, you can use the marina restroom facilities, store your car and dinghy on land at the marina, and take advantage of waste pump out and potable water supplies. Sometimes the marina WIFI can also serve the mooring fields.
Mooring fields are catching on in Florida with cities that want to outlaw boats with liveaboards on the anchor. They see the fields as a way to regulate liveaboards and control what they perceive to be a problem with illegal waste discharge and garbage disposal.
Sponsored marinas or mooring fields have been inspected by us and have paid to have a link from our website to theirs. Just click on the link for more information.
Here are some mooring fields in Florida that I am familiar with:
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA
CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA
CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA
Our list of Florida liveaboard mooring fields is a work in progress, so please let us know of other fields, and tell us which ones you've liked or disliked and why.
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