The whole houseboat move thing hit another snag today. Our marina here will not allow me to bring the boat into the yard to finish the work. In fact, I’m not sure if he is even going to let us bring it into the Marina even after the last of the upgrade work is done. It seems that the management here knows better than both the surveyor and our insurance company as to what is a safe boat and what is not. His exact words were “under no circumstances will I allow that boat into my Marina.” Now he did not specify whether that included after all the work is done or not, but he did not say that either. I’m kinda depressed about this whole thing now – and not exactly sure how to deal with it.

I’ve hired a local marine electrical professional to go up to where the boat is tomorrow and together we will hopefully correct any and all defects that he finds. There really is not much, so hopefully we can get it done in a day. He will also advise me on the propane system and supply the parts needed for upgrades. I will install them and then get one of my appliance repair colleagues to pressure test the propane system and sign off on it.

Then, I will get my surveyor back up there to reinspect the boat and provide me with a clean survey.

With that I can get full in-water insurance for the boat and reapply to the marina here.

If, at that point, the management here is still a no-go, then we will move to another marina. We don’t want to, our lives are here and this is where we want to live, but there is literally nothing that I can do if they won’t let me stay here. The funny thing is, there are boats all around me here that are in far worse shape and with many more defects than mine, yet they can get a slip. Strange.

"Houseboat Update" by was published on September 8th, 2007 and is listed in Marina, River Queen.

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  1. Ellen, John & Sophia wrote,

    Just catching up on the situation- and hoping for the best! Youd think with a professional survey they’d have no issues (and such a change from the marinas here, who never see the boat until it arrives- no questions asked!). Anyway, sending our best vibes your way!

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