Georgia Liveaboard Laws Change Effective January 2012!

It’s the dawn of a new day for cruisers in Georgia!  There may be hope for those hoping to leave their boats for hurricane season in southern Georgia where the incidence of hurricanes is perceived by the insurance companies to be several times less than anywhere in Florida.  Currently although commuter cruisers can leave the boat in places like St Simon’s or Brunswick GA, if we want to stay aboard more than 30 days in any calendar year, we’re out of luck.  Legally it’s not allowed.

But here’s the good news – this notice states that the change is pending, but it actually passed and is in the process of being implemented.  So this change may open up another viable area for commuter cruisers to leave their boats.

“The DNR passed our Live-Aboard extension program late last week and it will become law on January 1, 2012.  The actual rules can be found in this link: http://www.coastalgadnr.org/LiveAboardPublicNotice.  “Quote from Charlie Waller (President of the Georgia Marine Business Assoc.)”.

As of January 1, 2012, if you wish to stay aboard your boat in a marina with sewage pump out facilities for longer than 30 days, you may apply for an extension beyond the 30 days.  The notice doesn’t seem to have any limit on the length of time you can stay aboard, just the regulations relating to the boat and also to the marina – you have to have a mechanism to secure your holding tank, the marina has to have adequate pump-out facilities, etc.  It’s all spelled out in the PDF detailing the proposed change at the Georgia DNR website above.

The DNR has approved the extension and only the details of how to file the extension etc remain to be finalized.  It is anticipated that the process can be determined and put in place before the January 1, 2012 change so there would be no delay.

Who knows, if we’re lucky, maybe the laws for going to Cuba will be next to change!   :)  Happy Sailing!

 

 

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