Liveaboard-Friendly Marinas

I’ve enjoyed your books & website…. keep up the good work! Maybe you could give me some guidance or point me in the right direction. I’m trying to identify marinas which might cater to seasonal liveaboards. My thinking is to keep a boat in the Caribbean, Central America or other interesting/accessible parts of the world and, being from the Chicago area, use the boat as a primary residence and cruising vehicle during the winter. An incomplete list of desirable marina “requirements” might include: good security, sense of community (marina somewhat populated by other liveaboards), good air transport to/from US, reasonable weather protection, repair/haul/storage facilities. These are just some of the thoughts/criteria which come to mind but I’m at a loss for how to go about identifying the best marina options I might want to more closely investigate. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Hi Pete: The only experience we have is with Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, in the BVI, where we left BEOWULF on the hard last year. They have many clients who do what you are mentioning, and the security and competence seem to be high by Caribbean standards.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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