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Old 03-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #21
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We live in the Tri Cities, WA (Pasco, Kennewick and Richland). It's right where the Columbia River and Snake River join together and there's a lot of primo boating, 365 days a year. It's 155 miles up the Snake River to Lewiston, Idaho and 325 miles down the Columbia to the ocean, so there are lots of destinations to pick from.

We have a great fireworks show over the river and the Unlimited H1 Hydroplanes race here every year. Here's my wife getting a tour of the cockpit of O boy! Oberto from driver/friend Steve David.


We have the second highest lift lock (105') in the nation just 10 miles up the Snake River and it's a real treat to go through it. Here's a shot from inside the lock as we're headed upstream...



The big downside to boating here is the constant rough water we battle...


Of course, the flip side to all that rough water is the spectacular sunrises and sunsets we enjoy...


All things considered, it's not a bad place to be a boater.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:19 PM   #22
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Southport, NC. Beautiful little town. They filmed the movie "Safe Haven" there. Some of the best food on the planet!
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:35 PM   #23
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A promo video and info on our "home port" put together by our marketing people and the local realtors:


Cypress Landing North Carolina
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:46 AM   #24
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Golden, Alaska
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Golden is an abandoned gold mining site on Port Wells in Prince William Sound. You can find brief mention of it in this http://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0642d/report.pdf. We have hiked the area and found old cabin foundations and debris from mining and really enjoy it as the location for the last trip of the fall. We couldn't arrive at a home port we could agree on and when I found Golden on the list of places that could be declared a home port that became the unanimous choice. Since the paperwork hasn't come back from the Feds yet, we haven't put the name on the stern. When we do, we will put the home port and the Lat/Long on it since no one will be able to find Golden otherwise.

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Old 03-05-2013, 06:44 AM   #25
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Kemah, Texas - just off Galveston Bay. Trying to make final preps before cruising. Currently running a little behind schedule and hope to get started by mid-April.
I sure miss Bioxi, Ms. For boating, it has so much to offer as Swampu stated.
Also looking forward to getting to see the Cajun Rose again.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #26
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My home port is Charleston, SC. More specifically, RiversEdge marina on the Ashley River in North CHarleston, SC, about nine miles from the Charleston harbor and the AICW. And about a twenty minute drive from my home.

Charleston is a very popular tourist destination and is known for its fine old buildings and great ($$$$) food.

More important to me though, is that I can be on the AICW in a little more than an hour and head North or South for some great cruising.

This is my retirement home (and boat) after spending most of my life in MD just outside of Washington, DC.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:20 AM   #27
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Pine Island Sound

Our little trawler "Sweet Pea" is kept on a lift behind our house on Pine Island in SW Fla. The Pine Island Sound is a fantastic cruising area. We can go upriver to the Ft.Myers area, south to Naples or north to Charlotte Harbor and on to Tampa. And our shallow draft helps out with the skinny water here.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #28
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Our home port is Anacortes WA although we have not been there for over 4 years. We moved aboard 6 years ago, traveled to Alaska twice and then down the coast to Mexico where we've been for 4 years. Next year it's off to Panama.

This picture is at Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta MX
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #29
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Our little trawler "Sweet Pea" is kept on a lift behind our house on Pine Island in SW Fla.
That is one sweet set-up you have there. Having the option of putting the boat on the lift makes it even better.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #30
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SF Bay and Delta.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #31
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healhustler,
Our lift is pretty small compared to some around here. One of our friends has his 42' Ocean Yacht on a lift! I have no idea what it weighs but quite a bit I assume. And it does take care of the worry about leaving your boat.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #32
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Well greetings from the UK, near Plymouth in Devon with an MT40 Sedan!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:11 PM   #33
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Don't recall having any pics of LaConner Wa but here is Willy in her slip. She is not there now as she's hauled close by. She'll be back here in July. Sorry I don't have much to add but LaConner is almost 100% tourist oriented. Kinky restaurants and kinky shops but some have excellent clothing and art stuff and good food is easy to find.

Here's one picture of the town on the channel w the Rainbow Bridge.
I found some more pics. The 2nd one is looking across the channel to the Indian village. That big sailboat probably needs high tide to get out of there. It's a fun place to have a hamburger and a beer in the summer or whatever on quiet winter days.

For geographical specifics requested by Walt LaConner is on the Swinomish Channel that extends south from just east of Anacortes. The tide runs in and out from both ends. The south end is just north of Padilla Bay. I think it takes a bit more than an hour to run it's length. The last pic is of the Hwy 20 bridge crossing the Swinomish Channel.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:49 PM   #34
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Galveston, TX here in the yacht Basin. Doing a lot of restoration and upgrades. Have owned Sangria Nites for almost two years now. Here's a picture of a recent cruise. Our family photo album/Passport/Galveston/IMG_6630

The boats' album is here Our family photo album/Fleet
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:52 PM   #35
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Kent Island, MD. An hour and a half from most anywhere in the chesapeake bay.. Baltimore, Annapolis, St Michaels, Tilghman's Island, Oxford, Rock Hall, Chestertown, Chesapeake Beach, Herrington Harbor.

Haha the lighthouse is actually Martha's Vineyard, clicked on by mistake and can't figure out how to delete
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:48 AM   #36
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Here's one picture of the town on the channel w the Rainbow Bridge.
Looks like you've got plenty of space for the Willy logo on the stern. Of course, it would look a bit more appropriate with the necessary PNW upgrades.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:17 AM   #37
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Woops, that really didn't work out optically, did it. That's what I get for posting something so late at night. Anyway, this is better.
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Our home port is Anacortes WA although we have not been there for over 4 years. We moved aboard 6 years ago, traveled to Alaska twice and then down the coast to Mexico where we've been for 4 years. Next year it's off to Panama.

This picture is at Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta MX
fosborne, I envy you. Did you plan to stay that long in Mexico or did you like the place so much you stayed longer. I've heard cruisers say "we're on our 5th year on our one-year Mexican cruise."
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:42 PM   #39
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Our home port is San Diego, California, the only major city in America with a Mediterranean climate, mild temps, little rain, and low humidity, ideal for boating 12 months of the year.
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Our home port is San Diego, California, the only major city in America with a Mediterranean climate, mild temps, little rain, and low humidity, ideal for boating 12 months of the year.
Ancora, get out of there fast. I too did think all that stuff would be good, but have now learned better. The PNW is the place to be. No blinding sun, no melanoma, your boat won't dry out and crack, and the killer whales will protect you. Now, that is a boaters paradise. Thanks to some of the guys here on TF for showing me the way.
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