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April 30, 2010 6:25 am  

Hi: Moving to STT in August. Would like to live on a boat on the open water and come in daily for work. Is this a feasible plan in the USVI? Would USVI laws let me? If I have to park at a slip, what would I have to pay at the East End?

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April 30, 2010 11:58 am  

It is a feasible plan. You will need a mooring or you have to move around technically. Mooring permits are getting more scarce but it is doable.

Rental on the east end IF you can find a permanent slip is about a $1 - $1.50 per foot per day with a small discount for monthly payment. Expensive rent!

Email me if you want information.

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April 30, 2010 12:57 pm  

I saw your ad looking for an apartment, so I am assuming you don't have a boat, right? If you are wanting to rent a boat to live aboard, that gets extremely difficult. You would need to be here, do some serious networking in the yachtie community and probably not find a situation. I have known people that moved to Red Hook, met people with boats and moved aboard in a "roommate" situation, even went sailing with them down island, so don't get me wrong. Anything is possible, but I would suggest an apartment would be the best way to start. Good luck.

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April 30, 2010 1:25 pm  

Oh, thought you had a boat. Yep, Juanita is right. Live aboard situations are harder and harder to find.


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May 2, 2010 1:49 pm  

I had the same thought. I signed a 6-month lease on an apartment and completed sailing lessons. If you have experience with boating, fine. If not, try it first. Living on a boat is a very different lifestyle.

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May 3, 2010 3:26 am  

You're going to need an nautical themed pashmina afghan

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May 3, 2010 11:58 pm  

and if you get a mooring then you will need a skiff to get back and forth. And you will need a place to put it when you are on land. This is not the easiest thing to do.

Also before you live on a boat better check out those who have done it in the worst of the weather. And I don't mean a hurricane. It is not the best place to be.

But you may like it.

I think it would be best to get a place to say on land and then move into a boat as time goes on and you learn more about it.


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