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Liveaboard Program

The Port District will allow liveaboards in up to 10% of the total slips, or approximately 100. There is a surcharge for living aboard.

The following are basic rules:

  1. A liveaboard agreement must be signed by anyone who is living-aboard after two weeks (this includes visitors).
  2. Any person who uses a vessel as his/her primary place of sleep or residency for three or more days per week on the average, over the course of a month, or for a total of nine or more days per month, shall be considered a liveaboard.
  3. Application to liveaboard shall be made in advance of any use of the vessel as a dwelling. Failure to register as a liveaboard shall be grounds for the denial of the permit.
  4. Liveaboard permits may be granted to those individuals (and their immediate family) who are both the slip licensee (or authorized sublicensee) and the vessel owner. Vessels shall not be rented as residences, nor may non-licensee vessel partners be eligible for liveaboard permits. Liveaboard permits may be granted to the vessel caretakers and for other special circumstances only with the approval and periodic review of the Senior Harbormaster.
  5. Anyone securing a special one-year slip license shall not be eligible to liveaboard, unless they have been a liveaboard in good standing for one year prior to the acceptance of the new one-year license.
  6. The maximum number of people allowed to liveaboard will coincide with the number of berths provided by the original manufacturer, or in no event, more than six people.
  7. No human excreta whatsoever, nor any substance or material deleterious to fish, plant, or bird life may be discharged from the vessel (Calif. Health & Safety Code 4430, and Fish & Game Code 5650).
  8. All liveaboard vessels must contain a head with a holding tank. A “porta-potty” qualifies as a legal head and holding tank. Discharge from a macerator chlorinator unit may not be pumped into Santa Cruz Harbor.
  9. Upon initial liveaboard approval, staff will inspect vessel and insert a dye tablet into the vessel holding tank or head. Inspections and dye tabs will then be done randomly, or at the harbormaster’s discretion.
  10. Parking spaces are in short supply. Vehicles cannot be stored here. They must be used often or stored elsewhere.
  11. Only a proper dock box, hose, boarding steps, and electrical cord are allowed on the docks.
  12. All liveaboard surcharges shall be payable in advance for the entire duration of a subleased slip.
  13. One month’s deposit, equal to all monthly fees, shall be required.
  14. In the event a liveaboard account is delinquent, liveaboard status may be subject to revocation, or not approved, even if a sublet is secured.
  15. The liveaboard is responsible for the actions of his/her guests to the harbor.
  16. Vessels must meet basic “Suitable Boats” Ordinance Section 210.
  17. Pets shall not be allowed for liveaboard applicants, effective August 25, 1980.
  18. If an unlawful detainer, or any other legal action, is required to formally evict a liveaboard, the liveaboard shall be liable for any attorney or court costs incurred by the District.
  19. The harbor was designed for berthing of ocean-going vessels and not as a living facility. Living aboard is a privilege, and observance of the rules of sanitation, courtesy, and good sense is paramount. The Port District reserves the right to deny, suspend, or cancel this privilege at will.
  20. Liveaboards may be placed on the annual vessel use list. All vessels must be used outside Santa Cruz Harbor on at least ten (10) separate days each year. If any liveaboard confirms less than ten open-ocean uses per year, after being requested to do so by the Port staff, the liveaboard permit shall be suspended until such time that ten open-ocean uses are confirmed.
  21. Ten (10) days prior written notice must be given to terminate the liveaboard surcharge. Charges for living aboard will be due and payable until such notice is received.
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