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13 Best Liveaboard Sailboats (under 30 & 50 ft)

Choosing a boat to live on is a big deal — something you definitely want to get right. There are plenty of options to pick from, which can make the choosing process a bit daunting. So to help you navigate those deep waters (no pun intended), here is an article summarizing the 13 best liveaboard sailboats under 30 and 50 feet.

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So what are the 13 best liveaboard sailboats?

Catalina 30, pacific seacraft flicka 20, nonsuch ultra 30, aventura 34, island packet 35, peterson 44, prout snowgoose 37, gulfstar 44, beneteau oceanis 50.

Beautiful lineup, isn't it? Let me explain what makes these so special.

Picking the Right One Matters

Picking a liveaboard sailboat belongs among those kinds of decisions that require months, if not years of research and testing.

It is not like choosing a car - those are more or less the same, and although they vary widely in terms of comfort, feeling, and performance, rarely you would encounter one that wouldn't get you from point A to B reasonably.

The same goes for a house or an apartment. Regardless of if you get a 200 square foot condo or a 30,000 square feet mansion, it will most of the time provide a warm shelter with a shower and a kitchen and a bed, fulfilling its basic functions.

But this is only the case because there is extensive infrastructure in place helping cars and houses. A car can only get you from A to B thanks to roads. A house can only have a shower and a kitchen if it is connected to a grid.

But on a boat, you are on your own.

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The sea doesn't adjust its waves for your comfort. If something breaks, there is usually not a repair shop nearby. You aren't always connected to water or electricity. And if you don't like what you see around yourself, it's not like you can just leave.

So a liveaboard boat needs to provide what a house does, what a vehicle does, and more, plus it needs to provide this regardless of if you are docked in a marina or in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. That is a lot to ask, especially if we are talking about boats around 30 or 50 feet.

Fortunately, every single boat on this list is an all-star that ticks all the right boxes. Let's see why.

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I know, I hear you, it isn't exciting enough as it doesn't perform that well. Sure. But we are talking about a boat that is supposed to be a house too. So why is it on the list?

This boat has been in production since 1975, which means that it has been extraordinarily well-refined according to the suggestions of thousands of owners. And this manufacturer is known for listening to the sailors' feedback. It is a very popular model, so finding spare parts for it will always be easy. Its famous well thought through the salon, and cabin layout is generous and spacious, so Catalinas are comfortable boats to live on. Plus, the boat has quite a wide beam, great ballast/displacement ratio as well as low sail area/displacement ratio, making it a stiff boat under sail, which adds to stability and comfort.

Good condition MkIII Catalinas can be found for about $35,000, but given the volume of these on the market, you can find a usable one even for around $15,000.

This one is a hero. I'd be hesitant to call such a small boat a comfortable liveaboard if it wasn't for this model. For its size, the interior is very spacious. It is also made for comfort since it seems to be inspired by the aforementioned Catalina 30. In fact, after reading some reviews, I am confident in saying that you will not find a significantly more comfortable 27 footer out there.

It also has a talent very uncommon for liveaboard boats - you can put it on a trailer, which can make your life easier when it comes to certain trips. But most importantly, it is a beauty. Just look at it.

Pricing this boat is a tricky task. You can buy nearly new ones (2015) for around $140,000, but even for $50,000, you can stumble upon models from both the 80s and the 2000s. This means the condition is a big factor, and you gotta inspect your choice well. The good news is that whatever your price in that range, you will find a boat for that money. The bad news is that the cheaper you go, the more effort will the potential repairs take.

I thought the Nor'Sea 27 is gonna be it, but let's push the size limit even more with the 20 foot Flicka, this tiny, towable, but seaworthy beast that accomplished several circumnavigations. Upon entering, you will be amazed at how spacious and equipped with amenities the interior is. Its designer lived on this boat with his partner (who too was a naval architect) for years and cruised all around the world - and what a proof of confidence in his own design that is.

Truth be told, there is a lack of deck space, but underneath it has the comfort and size of a boat a few meters larger, a space you can comfortably live in. Due to its size, it is easy to operate, tow, and sails better than what you would expect from a boat this length.

This boat is incredibly charming, and so its owners rarely sell it. In fact, it has amassed quite a following since it was designed into existence. So expect to spend quite some time searching for one for sale. Once you do find one, it will cost you around $30,000 - $40,000.

This one's a weird one. But because of it, a very spacious one. It is structured as a catboat, that is, with the mast being all the way on the front of the boat, which makes for impressive space below the deck. It has all the necessary amenities, including a shower, so for the liveaboard lifestyle, this boat definitely deserves to make this list.

The single sail catboat design also means it is easy to handle single-handed, which makes for great solitary passages.

Expect to pay around $40,000 to $60,000 for this one.

Though I am trying to keep this list in lower price ranges, I have to put this one in. If you don't mind the price tag of around $170,000, this boat is marketed as the currently cheapest liveaboard catamaran. As previously mentioned, cats offer the most in terms of space, and this model is a brand new one. Thus when it comes to service troubles and costs, you wouldn't pay much. The look is modern, relatively minimalistic and sleek, so for those of you who would like to give the liveaboard lifestyle a go but get cold feet upon seeing boats from the 80s, this is a way to make sure things remain stylish.

The modernity, space, and attention to practicality when it comes to using this as your home, make this a great entry-level liveaboard choice.

Again, this is no performance vehicle. Rather it focuses on the usual cruiser aspects - space, stability, sturdiness, and convenience, which makes it an ideal candidate for your choice when looking for a new floating home. Aside from the spacious interior, this boat also has an unusually large cockpit, great for those lunches on the deck.

As if the designers knew this might be used by the liveaboard people, this boat is easy to handle, which means even under sail, you won't have issues focusing on what you came for in the first place - sea living.

This boat can be found on the market for around $75,000 - $100,000.

The great thing about the Hunter 33 is that it was designed as more of a house than a sailboat. The attention to accommodation details is great here; there is plenty of space for sleeping the owners as well as the occasional visitors, it has a fantastic headroom throughout the boat and one of the most spacious and comfortable dining spaces seen on boats this size.

Food preparation and consumption was probably high on the priority list of the makers; the kitchen has an L shape, which adds to the convenience.

The price spread on these is quite large, with the bottom around $55,000 for the 2004 models and the top around $95,000 for the 2013 models.

This one is for those who don't mind sacrificing luxury for space. If in the middle of the ocean, it makes sense that one would want as much of usable space as possible, so if you are okay with the simplicity that will inevitably come with a system like this, you have found your match.

An undeniable advantage of such a design approach is that the storage space is maximized. Long passages with the need for plenty of room for equipment and provisions won't be a problem here. The simplicity of this boat is not just in terms of design, but even the electrics and plumbing. Thus if something breaks, you will have an easier time fixing it.

This being an older model, you can get your hands on one for around $30,000.

Since we are mostly looking at cheaper boats here, most of them aren't new - in fact, they likely have quite a few years behind them. The build quality is thus important. You want to go for builds that will last. Peterson is known for this, so it's gotta be on the list. As far as this list goes, it is quite a large boat. Moreover, it is one that has been built with spaciousness in mind, both when it comes to living spaces and storage.

A neat thing about this boat is its attention to performance. It isn't a racer; rather, it fits in the performance cruiser category, but they haven't made too many speed-related compromises here.

Peterson 44 can usually be found for $80,000 - $100,000.

There needs to be a catamaran on this list - they are, by definition, more spacious than monohulls, providing a large living area, which is, of course, an attractive characteristic for a liveaboard boat. Especially if they have a solid bridge deck, creating yet more square feet of usable space, which Snowgoose has. Unfortunately, they tend to be costly. While it is easy to recommend a bunch of half a million dollar cats, to make this list more within reach of the average sailor, I've found this beauty that you can get for around $100,000.

Aside from the extra space, this model is a true bluewater cruiser, meaning you won't be limited by its abilities when planning your journeys.

Those of you who had the pleasure of sailing this boat know why it needs to be here. It was built for a liveaboard lifestyle. Its wide body makes for one spacious interior which is well ventilated, (a very important aspect) with a beautiful galley and it has a large aft cabin with a huge bed. It was made with comfort, practicality, and convenience in mind.

Not to sound like a salesman, but believe me when I say this boat is a genuine pleasure to be on. If you want the homey feeling, you don't get much closer than this in this size range.

Expect to pay around $80,000 - $100,000 for this one, though some digging around and 'fixing her up' can knock this number down significantly.

This is another easy choice, space being the reason. Not only does it have an extra-large main cabin and salon with a kitchen, many small Parisian apartments could envy, but it is also very generous in terms of storage space. Stocking up for longer crossings will be a pleasure on this one.

Also, it was built as a racer-cruiser, so you won't be making many compromises in terms of performance, as is often the case with comfortable boats.

All of this comes for a price, though. You might be able to find one for around $100,000 if you put some time into your search and won't mind a bit of travel to see it, but otherwise, the average price is around $130,000.

Let's end this list by stretching the ceiling too with this fifty-footer. It was designed as a holiday cruiser, and it is a popular choice among charter companies. The designers know that there are places in Europe where it is very easy to get a sailing license, so many inexperienced people who don't want to give up the comforts of their home end up on these boats. Oceanis 50 is thus comfortable, spacious, easy to sail, and the attention to accommodation details, amenities, and practicality, is very high.

As such, it is designed to house whole families, so if you live there as a couple, you will have a floating house for yourself, and if kids come, no need to buy a new boat. Even on the deck, this boat is designed for pleasure cruises, so as far as that goes, you will be taken care of. As far as their seaworthiness goes, some consider Beneteau an entry-level holiday brand, and some models are indeed more designed for coastal hopping than large crossings. But that can be fixed with some proper fitting.

If you fancy a new one, you will find yourself paying above the $500,000 mark, but older models start a bit above $100,000. Which is something a person who just sold all their possessions to escape to the sea is more likely to have. Just be a bit careful with boats sold by charter companies. Their previous owners serviced them regularly, but you can be sure the hundreds of sailors that touched the helm weren't necessarily skilled or kind to them.

So there you have it. $15,000 - $50,0000 range, 20 - 50-foot sizes, from cozy towable boats to large sailing houses. A range anybody can choose from to pursue the liveaboard dream. Nothing is stopping you now, so hit the yachtworld.com website and start browsing.

Know though that if you really want to take advantage of the boat market, you might have to travel quite a bit. If you are an American, the strong dollar will make it enticing to look for a boat in European countries without the EUR currency. Or you might find plenty of cheap models in Turkey, for instance. It requires more effort, but in return, it might save you tens of thousands of dollars.

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Where to liveaboard: the best cities and marinas to live and boat.

Post by Janelle Cox - Published on 07/20/21 12:30 PM

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For some, deciding on a permanent homeport will come down to location, but it’s not necessarily a matter of which places are “better” or “nicer” than others. That’s subjective. The choice you make will ultimately rely on your wants, needs, and dealbreakers. You might be looking for vibrant city life, a little southern charm, a sunny island escape, or a combination of it all.

Boston, Massachusetts

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Constitution Marina: Located in Boston’s Inner Harbor, you’re just a 5-minute walk from the Boston Garden and the North Station transit line, which gives you access to the entire city, including Logan Airport and the New Encore Boston Harbor Casino and outer neighborhoods. Each summer, Constitution Marina becomes the destination of choice for boaters from around New England and beyond.

Boston Waterboat Marina: Located on historic Long Wharf in Boston Harbor, Boston Waterboat Marina is just steps from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, New England Aquarium, and countless world-class restaurants. Charm and spectacular views punctuate this quiet and safe marina. As the city’s oldest continually operating yachting facility, Boston Waterboat Marina prides itself on offering small-town hospitality with big city convenience. 

Newport, Rhode Island

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If you’ve ever been to Newport , it’s easy to see why the “City by the Sea” is such a popular destination for boaters. This seaside community is located on the southern end of Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay and is known as the world’s sailing capital. Not only will you find some of the best beaches in the Northeast, but the town also has a wide array of attractions, from the historic mansions to annual music festivals and the best restaurants and bars.

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard: In the heart of the celebrated Sailing Capital of the World, Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard surrounds the colonial captains’ homes, cozy eateries, and seaside boutiques that line the streets of downtown Newport. The international sailing community makes it the preeminent home port for the most prestigious yachting events in the world.

Bowen’s Wharf: This award-winning, first-class marina is conveniently located amidst the bustling downtown area. With shoreside activities, tours, galleries, locally-owned shops, bars, and world-class restaurants, you’re steps away from the action.

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

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Anchorage Marina: Conveniently located in Baltimore City, Anchorage Marina is just minutes from the Inner Harbor, where you’ll find restaurants, entertainment, and shopping within walking distance. By water, the Anchorage is situated on the Northwest Harbor of the Patapsco River, just one mile inside of Fort McHenry, one of many historic sites in the area.

Eastport Yacht Center: EYC is a full-service marina located near downtown Annapolis. You’re a 10-minute walk, or water taxi ride to all the historic city has to offer.

Miami, Florida

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Vice City Marina: Vice City Marina is located in the heart of Downtown Miami, just two blocks from Brickell City Center. The Marina boasts the best location in Miami, with numerous hotels and restaurants within walking distance.

Sunset Harbour Yacht Club: SHYC is ideally located in the heart of South Beach, within walking distance to all of the attractions, including Lincoln Road, the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Jackie Gleason Theatre, and Ocean Drive.

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

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Safe Harbor Harborage Marina: The first and only full-service mega yacht port on Florida’s west coast, Harborage Marina combines meticulous personal care with easy access to boundless area attractions. Unwind by the resort-style pool, then meet up with friends for cocktails at their casual Tiki Hut or dine at one of St. Petersburg’s many fine restaurants.

Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is where southern hospitality, rich history, and city-dwelling meet. As one of the most affordable cities to live or retire on this list and beyond, it’s known for its gorgeous city parks, upcoming food scene, coastal beaches, diverse neighborhoods, and more. You can also expect a temperate climate with warm, humid summers and mild winters.

Bull River Marina: Bull River Marina is in the middle of a boating & fishing paradise. They offer sunset cruises, beach drops, and downtown Savannah tours by water. Their boater’s lounge is an excellent place to hang out.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston is walkable and bikeable, with quaint neighborhoods scattered throughout its 17 square miles. This historic city has it all, from the rich history and beautiful architecture to world-class restaurants, nightlife, and stunning beaches.

Safe Harbor Charleston City: Safe Harbor Charleston City is home to the famed Mega Dock, which hosts some of the most prestigious yachts in the world. As a premier boating destination, the marina’s state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched southern hospitality are merely the beginning. They also offer van drop-offs and pick-ups to downtown during operating hours.

Cooper River Marina: Just 15-minutes away from the historic downtown Charleston area, the Cooper River Marina is an excellent facility for recreational and transient boaters.

San Diego, California

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Sunny San Diego is conceivably the best choice for west coast liveaboards. Not only will you find surf and sand, but you’ll find scenic nature views across some of the best hiking trails in the United States. You’re also a sail away from other hot spot destinations like Catalina, La Paz, Cabo, and more.

Sun Harbor Marina: Sun Harbor Marina is the world’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified marina. At this green marina, boaters enjoy the marina’s proximity to the Scott St. maritime district and its marine-based businesses, shops, and restaurants. This San Diego marina boasts beautiful facilities, which are well maintained using ecologically sensitive practices. Boaters also enjoy quick access to San Diego Bay and the open waters of the Pacific Ocean for boating enjoyment.

Harbor Island West Marina: Located less than a mile from the San Diego International Airport and just around the corner from the sites and activities of the beautiful Embarcadero and the action of downtown’s Gaslamp District, experience the warm, friendly community of San Diego’s Harbor Island West Marina, your gateway to the Bay. 

Half Moon Marina: Half Moon Marina is also a short drive from all of San Diego’s most popular attractions, including the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, and San Diego’s famous beaches. Go for their summer concerts or to gain access to the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Either way, you know you’ve landed in a special place when you come to their marina.

The Bahamas

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Why you’d take up a permanent residence in the Bahamas requires little to no explanation. Made up of nearly 700 islands, the relaxed lifestyle, white sand beaches, and warm, crystal blue waters make it a dream destination and home for many.

Saint Francis Resort and Marina: Located in a very protected cove of Stocking Island, St Francis Resort and Marina is one of the best hurricane holes of The Bahamas. There is a full-service resort with a restaurant and bar on site. 

Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina: Long favored by cruisers, sailors, divers, and anglers, the Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina is a destination of choice for Out Island travelers.

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Come for the Water, Stay for the Experience.

Welcome to Lighthouse Point Marina (LHP)! In the midst of a multi-million dollar waterfront revitalization, we're happy to invite Baltimore and beyond back to our docks. LHP is proud to partner with Oasis Marinas, America's premier marina management company, to provide all of our guests and boaters with the experience they deserve. We're in the midst of upgrading everything from the slips to the boater's lounge. So beyond the high-quality boat dockage, you'll have everything you need for a weeknight bite or long weekend. And make sure to catch a drink at Drift Bar—Baltimore's newest cocktail dock.

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Beyond the waterfront, Baltimore's Canton neighborhood offers plenty to see, eat, and drink.

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Situated between the city and the sea, stop by Drift for a craft cocktail and shareable bites.

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  • Professionally managed by Oasis Marinas
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The 2023 season is in full gear! When you reserve your slip for the '23 season you'll lock in your rate for next year! Get in touch to schedule a tour at the new Lighthouse Point Marina and reserve your slip for next year! Fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch!

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Phase 1 of the Lighthouse Point Marina revitalization is complete! Take a peek below or swing by for a drink at Drift Bar!

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Baltimore’s Craft Cocktail Dock

Located on Baltimore’s famed Canton waterfront, Drift is an exciting new floating dock bar serving up everything from happy hours to night caps. Our bartenders have crafted a creative selection of cocktails to satisfy every palate and celebrate every occasion. And our fresh shareable plates are the perfect complement to the communal atmosphere.

Opening June 2023!

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The Joy of Boating Without the Trouble of Owning

Welcome to Oasis Boat Club—a new way to enjoy boating without the responsibility of ownership. Whether you’re new to the hobby or a seasoned pro, we ensure our members can count on worry-free escapes and memorable experiences each time you return. The only thing between you and the water is a reservation.

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Explore Canton Beyond The Waterfront

Lighthouse Point sits right in the heart of Baltimore’s walkable Canton neighborhood. This corner of Charm City offers gorgeous waterfront views, fine dining and nightlife, and shopping (should you need to splurge or resupply). Looking for dinner recommendations or directions to the local wine shop? Ask one of the Oasis MSAs for the low-down on local digs.

"Great to be back at Lighthouse Point Marina. Arrived on Friday afternoon and were greeted by Joel, the manager who is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. The new floating docks are great, with pump out stations placed all along. It's now possible to open the gates using an app on your phone, so one less thing to keep track of and return! All questions were answered quickly. By Sunday, the wind had picked up (as had the temperature!) and there were plenty of dockhands to help the new arrivals. They also were good at washing down the docks that had been visited and marked by various birds! It's a great location for restaurants and stores in easy walking distance, and we felt safe the whole time. One of our favourite things to do, is cycle round the waterfront from the marina all the way to Fort McHenry. We'll definitely be back."

September 5th, 2023 Vessel Name: Born To Be Weil, Powerboat, 48 FT.

"The staff was so welcoming that we felt bad that we had to leave the next day. Amber is fantastic. Our puppy loved the treats. We will be back next season."

October 10th, 2023 Vessel Name: My three Suns, Powerboat, 46 FT.

"Exceptional service, beautiful docks, great facilities and super close to anything you could need. The staff were so friendly and helpful and really went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Would 110% recommend!"

September 21st, 2023 Vessel Name: Élan, Sailboat, 40 FT.

"Absolutely the best stay of the year!!! Joel and team were FIRST CLASS from tie up to departure. Every marina could take a lesson about service from this team!!!"

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Frequently asked questions

What type of security will lighthouse point marina have.

Cameras for the marina and main building, electronic locks for slip holder access to marina, and enhanced security gates throughout the facility.

Who will be responsible for maintaining the security system?

MMG and Oasis will maintain the security system.

Will there be an additional cost included in our contracts for the security system?

No, slip rental rates will reflect the amenities and infrastructure offered at Lighthouse Point. There will be no additional cost from the base slip rental rate for the security system.

How will the new marina handle pump-outs?

Marina Service Associates (MSAs) from Oasis Marinas are always available to help with vessel pump-outs upon request.

Will each slip have its own pump-out station?

While each slip won’t have a pump-out station, Lighthouse Point is designed to have tankless in-slip pump-out access through several waste ports and hose carts stationed throughout the marina and docks.

What will the amperage be at the new marina?

We will have state-of-the-art marina power and amperage accommodations with the ability to welcome vessels up to 300’ in length. We will have a minimum of 50 amps with the ability to decrease or increase as the need arises.

When will marina construction be completely finished?

We’re completing Lighthouse Point redevelopment in two phases. The first half of the mariana will open in June 2023. The second half of the marina, complete with an all-new boater’s lounge and upscale restaurant, is scheduled for completion in 2024.

Are you allowing the marina to be a showroom for yachts?

We will continue to partner with select vessel brokers that will rent slips from us.

Will commercial business operators have slips in the new marina?

We will offer slips in the new marina to business operators who have gone through a rigorous selection process and have proven business models.

What type of commercial businesses will have space in the new marina?

In addition to the retail and restaurant spaces, we will be home to boat clubs, rentals, and vessel brokers.

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We have boat slips for rent with space to accommodate hull lengths from 35' to 300'. Click the link below to learn more about daily, monthly, and annual rates and other dock fee details. Perimeter transient dockage is available for vessels that exceed available slip lengths inside the marina.

Rates are based on the vessel LOA (Length Over All) or slip length, whichever is greater. This includes bow pulpits, swim platforms, dinghies, and any overhangs on the vessel.

Rates include tax, one parking card for local garage, electric, water, and in-slip pump-outs.

*There is an additional $1,500 premium on T-head and double finger-pier berths. There will be new rates and inclusive/exclusive items for years to follow as the full marina redevelopment is completed.

** Seasonal and annual pricing may vary. Please contact us for more information at [email protected] . Season Runs from Mid-April through Mid-October Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years

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Week Day: $2.00-$3.00 per foot Weekends, Holidays, & Special Events: $2.50-$3.50 per foot Off-Season: $1.50-$2.00 per foot Daily electric charges apply

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Inside Slips: $25 per foot per month Walkway, Alongside, T-Head: $30 per foot per month Metered electric charges apply

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We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. In the event that you need to cancel within the 48-hour window, you may be eligible for a credit for a future stay.

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We have a 72-hour cancellation policy for all special events and holidays including, but not limited to, Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th, Labor Day Weekend, etc. In the event that you need to cancel within the 72-hour window, you may be eligible for a credit for a future stay.

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Dali back in Baltimore port, freed 55 days after striking and collapsing the Key Bridge

B ALTIMORE — Dwarfing the tugboats to which it was tethered, the container ship Dali returned to the Port of Baltimore Monday morning after crews freed the vessel that had been stranded in the Patapsco River since it struck and collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26.

Crews had refloated the vessel around 6:40 a.m, and 20 minutes later, the ship started moving slowly, almost imperceptibly. By 8:40 a.m., tugboats had guided the 984-foot ship into the Seagirt Marine Terminal, still bearing on its lacerated bow a chunk of the pavement from the bridge.

“We took an enormous step forward in our mission to recover from the collapse,” Gov. Wes Moore said in a statement.

Moore, who watched the operation from a boat about 500 feet from the Dali, lauded those who have worked safely and speedily in the massive and ongoing recovery effort led by the Key Bridge Unified Command. That’s the multiagency effort led by the Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Maryland Transportation Authority and Maryland State Police.

The Dali’s slow-motion, 2.5-mile journey on Monday returned it to the port it had left 55 days earlier. Shortly after leaving the port, it lost power and careened into one of the bridge’s support pillars, plunging the span into the river. Six construction workers who were repairing potholes on the span died in the catastrophe.

Darrell Wilson, a spokesman for the Synergy Marine Group that manages the ship, said the vessel’s return to port was “a relief for all of us and a reflection of all of the hard work of Unified Command and all of the salvage workers.”

Crews had begun laborious preparations Sunday to free the Dali, targeting the operation to take advantage of high tide in the Patapsco River at 5:24 a.m. Monday. The ship remained immobile for the next 90 minutes, though, surrounded by salvage equipment, tugboats and a piece of the shattered bridge jutting from the water nearby as it has for nearly eight weeks.

The Dali is expected to remain in port for a few weeks and eventually travel to Norfolk, Virginia, for repairs.

Its original crew, 20 men from India and one from Sri Lanka, are expected to remain on board for now as the visas that they sail under are believed to have expired, Wilson said.

Crew members generally travel on visas that, according to a Customs and Border Protection document , allow them “landing privileges” to remain in the U.S. as long as the vessel is here — but that can’t exceed 29 days. The Dali was stranded for 55 days.

“At a certain point, we will be working with the authorities to see if we can get some shore leave granted for them,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to get the crew off the ship so they can get back to their families.”

That may take some time, though, as investigations in the the March 26 bridge strike continue and the crew may need to be questioned, Wilson said.

The FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board are among the agencies investigating the collapse of the bridge. In April, the FBI boarded the vessel and confiscated the crew members’ phones and have yet to return them. The crew was given replacement phones, but still lack the personal data on their original devices, Wilson said.

Unions representing the crew said the members had been experiencing distress , particularly after they gave up their phones and lost access to family photos and online banking information, and feared being “criminalized” over the incident.

Two additional crew members were added to the ship previously to help with the extra workload, Wilson said, with the goal of eventually swapping out the original crew.

Early Monday, the Dali’s impending movement was signaled by a long blare of a horn. Viewed from the south, at Riviera Beach in Anne Arundel County, the vessel with its now-familiar stack of multicolored containers stirred around 7 a.m. Over the next hour, the freighter progressively moved faster as it was tugged backward into the Baltimore harbor. Then, the tugs pivoted the ship and towed it for roughly another hour toward Seagirt.

The refloat operation also required crews to consider an underwater Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. gas line near where the ship had been stuck. BGE and Unified Command spokespersons said Monday that there was no damage to the line, although a Maryland Public Service Commission spokesperson said “the condition of the pipeline is still being investigated” as “the ship has just been refloated.” The utility company had released gas from a section of the pipe and is working with Unified Command to restore it, a process that could be done within a month, BGE spokesperson Ann Mooney said.

Early Monday morning, Jim Shipp and Darryl Mason went to Riviera Beach to take drone shots of the Dali’s refloating from outside of the “No Drone Zone” surrounding the collapse site.

“I felt a connection to that bridge,” Shipp said, noting he’s always enjoyed the tranquility near the bridge and the history of nearby Fort Armistead.

The two hobbyists had flown their drones around Fort Armistead quite a bit before the collapse, taking plenty shots of the Key Bridge when it was still standing. Since March 26, they’ve been taking drone shots of the wreckage, response efforts and the memorial for the six men who died in the collapse.

Once en route to the port, the Dali was clocked at about 1.2 knots at one point, according to an online ship tracker.

Just one week ago, crews used controlled explosives to break up a massive section of the bridge that had landed on the bow of the ship. They then had to ensure a clear path for the ship back to port, and, on Sunday, began the final preparations for it to be refloated.

The removal of the ship, an action that drastically altered the silhouette of the bridge collapse site , was a large leap forward in crews’ efforts to clear the main shipping channel into the Port of Baltimore, which has received only limited vessel traffic over the past several weeks via temporary alternate channels.

Around 20 vessels are scheduled to arrive within the next seven days at the Port of Baltimore’s public terminals — roughly the same number as in a precollapse week, Maryland Port Administration spokesperson Richard Scher said Monday afternoon.

“Sometimes we would have more, sometimes we would have less,” he said. “But we’re right in that sweet spot.”

Before Monday, about half of the 50-foot deep, 700-foot wide federal channel was cleared. That channel is expected to fully reopen to commercial marine traffic by the end of the month. The Unified Command said in a news release Monday that it anticipates the federal channel will soon be 400 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

The Dali's move also marked a pivotal moment in the Unified Command’s daily operations. The agencies will now leave their emergency office at the Maryland Cruise Terminal, parting ways for their respective worksites as cruise ship traffic resumes , according to the release.

Unified Command salvage crews will now resume their work of clearing bridge wreckage from the Fort McHenry Channel until it’s back to normal. The state agency responsible for the bridge, the Maryland Transportation Authority, is in charge of any wreckage outside of the federal channel.

To clear the Fort McHenry Channel to its full depth, it’s likely at least some dredging will be required, Cynthia Mitchell, a spokesperson for the Baltimore district of the Army Corps of Engineers, said in an email.

Crews will need to use digging buckets to scoop out an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 cubic yards of sediment from the bottom of the Patapsco River, Mitchell wrote. The sediment will be processed with 7% to 8% Portland cement until it solidifies, Mitchell wrote. Then, it will be loaded onto dump trucks and transported to disposal sites in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

(Baltimore Sun reporters Christine Condon, Hayes Gardner and Dillon Mullan contributed to this article.)

©2024 Baltimore Sun. Visit baltimoresun.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

The container ship Dali is eased into the Seagirt Marine Terminal after being freed from the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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Key Bridge salvage crews waste no time after Dali is floated to shore. What's next in the recovery effort.

By Rohan Mattu

Updated on: May 21, 2024 / 6:45 PM EDT / CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Crews got right back to work after the Dali cargo ship was unstuck from the wreckage of the Key Bridge in the Patapsco River on Monday, with Unified Command determined to reopen full access to the crippled Port of Baltimore by the end of May. 

Gov. Wes Moore watched from a boat as the Dali was tugged away Monday morning. He described the commitment he saw at the scene of the collapse, eight weeks to the day of the disaster.  

"What was amazing was this, even as the tugboats were pulling the Dali out, and the Dali was being moved over Seagirt - literally, as the Dali was still on the move - Unified Command and the salvage team was already back in one clearing steel chassis in the bus, still pulling tons of steel out of the water," the governor said Tuesday morning. "The mission never stopped."

Reopening access to the Port of Baltimore 

The Key Bridge collapsed after the Dali struck it on March 26, killing six  bridge workers. The resulting wreckage in the Fort McHenry Channel cut off access to the port, impacting revenue and thousands of jobs. 

Admiral Gilreith of Unified Command, the multi-agency effort responding to the collapse, said Tuesday the team expects to meet its goal to reopen the entire 700-foot-wide, 50-foot-deep channel by the end of May. 

Salvage crews, using crane and barge assets already on site, will work to remove any remaining bridge wreckage, which will continue until the federal channel is restored to its original width and all steel below the mudline is removed.

Since the collapse,  four temporary channels  have opened to allow ships, including some commercial vessels. Gilreath said more than 500 commercial vessels have moved through alternate channels. 

Unified Command reopened a 400-foot wide by 50-foot deep temporary channel to 24/7 operations now that the ship has been moved. 

Gilreath said salvors are making "excellent progress" in the cleanup outside of the channel, and that the mangled steel of the wreckage can no longer be seen above the shoreline. 

Salvaging outside of the channel is expected to be complete sometime in June, he said. 

Moore "not satisfied" until bridge is replaced 

While he celebrated the refloating of the Dali on Tuesday and looks forward to the reopening of the channel, Moore said "completion" is the replacement of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a project expected to last years and cost well over a billion dollars. 

"I'm very moved by the fact that I can now look out over the Patapsco River and not see the Dali - it's a beautiful sight," Moore said. "But I will not be satisfied until I can look over the same site and see the Francis Scott Key Bridge standing again. That's mission completion."  

President Biden has said the federal government should pay for the  entire cost  of its reconstruction, and that he expects Congress to support the effort. 

Bipartisan support has been shown for the funding, and a congressional delegation introduced the  Baltimore BRIDGE Relief Act , would have the federal government cover 100% of the cost of replacing the bridge

Work continues on the Dali 

After crews refloated the Dali Monday morning, it was tugged to a marine terminal with part of the collapsed bridge still on its bow. There, crews will continue work to remove bridge debris, damaged containers and make temporary repairs to the ship. 

The ship lost power multiple times before leaving the Port of Baltimore on March 26, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the crash. Baltimore is suing the Singapore-based companies running the ship for alleged negligence in the ship's maintainence. 

It was not clear when the malfunctioning ship might be able to sail again to leave the Port of Baltimore. 

Rohan Mattu is a Digital News Producer at CBS Baltimore. Rohan graduated from Towson University in 2020 with a degree in journalism and previously wrote for WDVM-TV in Hagerstown. He maintains CBS Baltimore's web publishing and social media presence, which includes breaking news in everything from politics to sports.

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Baltimore bridge span removed; ship freed with precision blast

Dali, the container ship that felled the Francis Scott Key Bridge in March, was freed Monday by precision explosive charges that dismantled the span of the Baltimore roadway that came down on it.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced at a news conference that a channel 50 feet deep and 700 feet wide was expected to be available to vessels at the end of the month and that it would be a key piece for "fully opening vessel traffic to the port."

The Port of Baltimore was initially shuttered at 1:28 a.m. March 26 when the 940-foot, Singapore-flagged ship lost power and drifted into the bridge, which serves as the unofficial gateway to a harbor formed where the Patapsco River meets Chesapeake Bay.

The bridge collapsed, blocking vessel traffic and killing six workers who were on it.

A unified command that includes the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and other authorities, immediately began working to create new channels in the port to facilitate basic shipments.

"Over the last seven weeks, we've moved a total of 365 commercial vessels through the alternate channels that have been established," Coast Guard Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath said Monday.

Baltimore is a top 20 U.S. port for shipping, and it ranks at the top or near the top for car importation.

The removal was less Las Vegas showtime and more Swiss clockwork as the charges emitted short flames and a minor puff of smoke as they released the bonds that helped the bridge carry 34,000 vehicles a day.

Image: smoke explosion charges explosive

Truss structure fell away toward the water, and soon the ship's deck was unburdened by the span, video from the scene showed.

Coast Guard Capt. David O’Connell said the blasts went "according to plan."

The Dali’s 21-member crew remained onboard the ship during the detonation, and no injuries or problems were reported, O’Connell said.

Material was removed with the help of cranes and vessels. Moore said it would be placed atop a dolly and taken to a recycling facility.

The Dali will be refloated and removed, the Army Corps of Engineers said.

Full removal of the ship and the structure could take two more days. Officials said their timeline, which includes reopening the port to full traffic by May 31, was on track.

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Dennis Romero is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital. 

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Opinion | Hope floats as the Dali is freed from Baltimore bridge | STAFF COMMENTARY

Tug bots move the Dali back to port in Baltimore.

Seven weeks after the terrible collision between the Dali and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the massive container ship was no longer stuck amid the wreckage. Early Monday, with much of the fallen steel girders blasted and set aside, a small fleet of five tug boats pushed and pulled the refloated, significantly damaged vessel to Seagirt Marine Terminal. As Gov. Wes Moore observed from the river bank this morning, this absence proved a “beautiful sight.” It marked a critical point of progress. And it was achieved ahead of schedule and without serious injury to rescue and salvage workers, divers or U.S. Coast Guard crews. This is not a cause for celebration, exactly — not given the six road workers who died or the enormous economic cost incurred and the uncertainties that still remain. But we cannot dismiss the feeling of hope it inspired.

Governor Moore likes to trot out the phrase, “Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong,” as a kind of post-Key Bridge collapse mantra , and it can seem, at least at first blush, a bit corny and pat — like an ad campaign with the inevitable t-shirts and bumper stickers on sale in the lobby. It is easy to be cynical in an age of internet-fueled hucksterism. But there’s also something to be said for finding words to describe our shared experience and how, at least so far, we have gathered together in solidarity to mourn our dead, to provide for those who have suffered, and to plan for the future. That the Greater Baltimore Committee has sponsored a Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Alliance to help raise money for port-related businesses and their employees suggests the slogan is here to stay.

The extrication of the Dali is just one small step. The next will be the reopening of the shipping channel expected before the month is over. And then there will be further restoration of port traffic, a complete clearing of the bridge remains, planning for a new span followed by construction that may cost $1.9 billion and could last well into 2028 or longer. Meanwhile, we will have to find ways to ease highway traffic congestion worsened by the loss of the Interstate 695 connection. Memorial Day weekend vacationers will soon provide the latest test. Whether we successfully vault all those hurdles with our shared sense of community, purpose and strength intact remains to be seen.

How is Baltimore looking from afar? Well, so far so good. This week, the time lapse video showing the slow withdrawal of the Dali in the early morning hours made national news. The message: Baltimore is bouncing back, Baltimore is moving forward, Baltimore’s wounds are healing. Maybe “pride” isn’t quite the right word to describe what we’re feeling, but then perhaps “family” hits closer to home. What is community if not extended family? And even in Washington, D.C., with all its political dysfunction, support from the White House and Congress for financing the bridge rebuild seems on track as well .

So thanks to all those who worked so hard to free the Dali and to those whose work is really just starting. We see you. We appreciate you. You have given Baltimore hope. That is a big part of the governor’s “beautiful sight” as well. Now, if we could only bottle this spirit and make sure it stays in stock. There are many other challenges this city needs to tackle.

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First cruise to set sail from Port of Baltimore since bridge collapse

by Tiffany Watson, WBFF Digital Team

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas cruise ship (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD (WBFF) — The Port of Baltimore is ready for cruises to set sail again.

The Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas will depart on May 25th for a 5-night voyage from Baltimore to Bermuda.

Port officials say this marks the first cruise departing Baltimore since the tragic Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

Are you as excited as we are? If you’ve never cruised before from Baltimore, come find out why it’s the best cruise port on the East Coast," Port officials said in a social media post.

On Monday Unified Command used precision cutting to clear the wreckage on top of the Dali.

Following the controlled demolition, crews are working to survey the debris that surrounds the Dali.

From there, they will be able to remove the remaining steel and work toward refloating the ship, ultimately removing it from the channel.

Officials with the Key Bridge Unified Command said the controlled demolition went as expected.

"That will allow us now, over the next 48-hours safely move the vessel Dali inside the Port, from the Federal Channel, and it will also allow us to take out the remaining wreckage, steel truss and concrete pavement at the bottom of the river, get that out of the way, so we can meet our commitment at the end of this month to fully open this navigation channel," said Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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