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I don't think they're prohibited. It may be more impractical than anything else to take them out beyond protected waters like within a harbor. Just two weeks ago when taking off on a fishing trip, I noticed some, what looked to be, houseboats in the Berkeley Marina located close to the marina bait shop. And, after looking at Berkeley's municipal code, I found this:
6.20.200 Residential houseboats.
To provide additional security and assistance in emergency situations, the Harbormaster may
designate a limited number of berths as residential houseboat berths. Nothing in this section shall
alter the obligation at all times of Permittees and renters with vessels occupying such berths to be
in compliance with applicable conditions set forth in the permit issued to the City by the San
Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (“BCDC”), as described in Section
6.20.280. The vessels occupying these berths may have permanent sewer hookups and are
subject to the following conditions:
I do know that, relatively speaking, houseboats don't have much freeboard and, unless the water was calm like glass, you don't want to take those houseboats anywhere where the water was choppy, which the bay often gets. Sometimes, when going out on the bay or outside the gate, I'll see some bass boats with less than a foot of freeboard which just looks scary.
Oh, and as far as who "owns" the bay, the SF BCDC (Bay Conservation and Development Commission) probably has a lot to do with its regulation and use.
Edit: Oops! Totally misread your post, Reid. I thought you meant houseboats. Sorry.
Last edited by alainp; 08-04-08 at 02:17 PM.