Living Year Round on Boats in Boston Harbor

Living Year Round on Boats in Boston Harbor

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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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