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Old 07-18-2007, 05:13 PM
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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I lived on the Island most of my life and I always contemplated with the high cost of living (barely discussed here) that for adventurous or quality of life orientated folks to think about the possibility of a full-time houseboat - in Seattle and many other parts of the country and the Netherlands it is a very real possibility for instance in Holland they are building homes that rise with the tide or flood waters a good thing for Islanders that like the water instead of putting longer sticks under their house (cough westharmpton).

You can get some kick booty houseboats now a days and construction isn't as complicated as you might think and cost obtainable - When I went to college in the early 80's instead paying the high costs of trying to go to school and pay for on off campus housing we bought a cheap big dock queen for 1000 bucks (old boat no engine) and parked it in Port Jeff harbor for the price of a mooring fee. Saved a lot and had quite a bit of fun - except for Gloria... but made it through.

Just a thought the upside is no property/school taxes and just the mooring or docking fees and maintenance like any house, which year round is not as bad as you would think if you find a place for year round docking with bubbles - less than taxes for sure. Additionally if you were to buy a lot close to the water or not you would just pay the taxes on the lot not having a home and you could shore it up for the winter if you didn't want to be in the water for the winter. And lets say you buy a lot with mooring rights then hey you are part of the community like it or not.

And if you want to move tow or drive it to the next town - sounds crazy but it is possible - with all the negative just thought a possible alternative would be interesting to discuss...

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Old 07-18-2007, 07:05 PM
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Im pretty sure you cant be a Liveaboard in Brookhaven anymore.

My father had a 40 foot Houseboat in Patchogue in the 70s that he lived on ...
It was awesome, we'd stay in Davis Park in the summer.

I'm pretty sure those days are gone in the Land of No.
They couldn't figure out how to oppressively tax a house that floats?

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