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Georgia DNR Approves Extended Liveaboard Limit
Victory for the megayacht & cruising community.

Posted Mar. 1, 2012

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Good news for cruisers & megayachts, Georgia has extended the time you can liveaboard a boat at a marina or mooring field in the state. The state was famous for being the only one on the east coast of the US to impose a strict 30 day liveaboard limit on boaters. Although cruising advocates and boater's rights groups would have preferred the limit to be removed completely, the increase is definitely a step in the right direction.

According to an article in today's Flordia Times-Union, GA state representative Jason Spencer presented the House Bill 1064, in order to attract vacationers who stop on their way cruising between Florida and states to the North.

“Unfortunately, we get a bad reputation,” he said, noting that Georgia is the only state on the East Coast with a 30-day limit. “I talk to folks in Savannah, and they see the boats going by, and they don’t stop.”

The Times-Union article also quoted Rep. James Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs. “We see, at St. Simons and at Jekyll, vessels that go right past us, and they would stay if it wasn’t for these restrictions.”

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