Living Year Round on Boats in Boston Harbor

Living Year Round on Boats in Boston Harbor

Kyle Freeman
Mar 8, 2010

The weather today in Boston is perfect. THIS would count as a consummate spring day — a rarity in New England. Even I might consider boat living on day like today. But for those who live year round at moorings in Boston Harbor, they bargain for a whole lot more than 60 degrees and sunny, as in 10 degrees and windy.

We learned of this phenomenon in a recent Boston Globe article about year round live-aboards. Apparently this population of boat dwellers has dramatically risen in the past ten years. For an affordable $200 per month you too could set up your home in an old, inoperable boat, and keep it at Constitution Marina in Charlestown, among a handful of other Boston Harbor marinas.

This may be one of the few neighborhoods in Boston with such dramatic socioeconomic disparity. You might find a wealthy business tycoon, living large in a decked out yacht, abutting a boat slip occupied by a struggling grad student living in a non-functioning motor boat with a space heater. Must make for some pretty interesting neighbor relations.

Think you could hack year-round life on a boat? For more visuals, the online version of the Boston Globe article includes a brief video.

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