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Old 09-21-2010, 07:12 PM   #21
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RE: If you could live and boat anywhere in the US?

in the U.S. i could spend a year or two in the Chesapeake. Outside it would be the Abaco's in the Bahama's, the the British Virgins, then the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:13 AM   #22
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RE: If you could live and boat anywhere in the US?

Impossible, as the weather is not "Great" 12 months anywhere, tgho San Diego is close , cruising there sucks. Hawaii or the Baja is a long way.

Fl or the Bahamas in winter , New England to further north is fine in summer.

A sail boat with better offshore ability than most "trawlers" would enjoy Bermuda ,
as a pit stop on the way to the Caribbean.


Did 3 winters commuting via Bermuda , and it was grand.

Thank God for Aires self steering & with 3 crew , 3 hrs on ,6hrs off was a lark.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:04 PM   #23
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**where in the US would you want to live?* From a purely boating perspective!*
I live here.

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*looks like a advertisment for Bayliner boats Eh?


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Old 09-23-2010, 04:20 PM   #24
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Hiya,
*** Nice country and pictures but how are you able to post next years pictures (08/14/2011) now?* Sure your real name isn't Rod Serling?

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Old 09-23-2010, 09:27 PM   #25
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Yeah and I still have a VCR that flashes12:00
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*For those shots I was 25 ft off the water up on the tuna tower
and I can't even program a camera.

Old age sucks.

Gimme a beer.

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Old 09-24-2010, 09:34 AM   #26
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The worst part of old age is that you never get to practice before it happens.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:19 PM   #27
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Those are awsome pics!! What a beautiful area.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:29 AM   #28
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Interesting topic.* It is also, for me, one that is hard to answer.* Where indeed.* My home is on the Tennessee River.* I also have a smaller boat here.* This is not a bad cruising area at all--------especially this time of year.* I have also lived in Eastern North Carolina and kept a boat at Morehead City for about 5 yrs.* I have lived in Savannah, GA.* My boat has been at Hilton Head, SC for several months at least 3 times.* I kept a boat on the Gulf Coast at Orange Beach, AL for 10 years.* SW FL has been our choice for wintering over for the last several winters.* There have been 3 extended stays on the Chesapeake Bay, and we are planning on heading back in the spring.* We have cruised the area from LA to DE pretty well.* That includes the Keys and Abacos.

My boats have ranged from 17' Boton Waler to a*21'*Grady White*to a *convertible, to a Trawler.* I now have a 42' Downeast express cruiser and 25' center console fisherman.

Which do I like, and where would I live?* Well, in the words of Jimmy Buffet, "indecision may or may not be my problem".* I like it all.* So, for me, it is having a home in the beautiful Tennessee Valley and boating on the coast.* At least for now.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:37 PM   #29
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RE: If you could live and boat anywhere in the US?

Great topic and on point for me as we are discussing where we want to be in retirement. We have been cruising Puget Sound and the sourthern Gulf Islands over the past 7 years in an express cruiser. The express cruiser has given us the ability to see a lot of this area we could not have seen at 8 kts due to short vacation schedules. With retirement pending we are focused on moving up to a trawler with which we can spend several months a year cruising, the question has been where.

I must admit we are not world travelers but neither of us has been anywhere we like better than the PNW. The cruising we have done here has just left us wanting more and in a bigger way. The scenery is so dramatic and the temperate climate suits us very well. The stories and pictures we see of cruises to SE Alaska have us wanting more. Keep up with the thread and convince us otherwise.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:02 AM   #30
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I will say that those 38ft Bayliners look 10 times better with the cover over the cockpit!!!!
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:34 AM   #31
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My experience is it takes about 4-6 years to "do" the Chesapeake. I live in NC but boat on the Chesapeake because there are so many more places to see and do. I do love the waters of SW FL but not as many things to do without leaving the immediate area, however I am tempted to try there next.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:47 PM   #32
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RE: If you could live and boat anywhere in the US?

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I live in NC but boat on the Chesapeake because there are so many more places to see and do.
Daddyo, I have follow up questions for you (I am visiting my parents*in*NC as I type this).* So you actually keep your boat on the Chesapeake?* Where abouts and how far is it (hours of driving) from where you live?* how often do you go to your boat?* why on the Chesapeake and not somewhere in NC?

thanks!

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:24 AM   #33
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Deltaville, VA to Raleigh is 3 1/4 hours. I make the drive about 25 times a year. In total I spend about 6-7 months in Deltaville. The Chesapeake because there are so many more places to go and things to do.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:56 PM   #34
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My experience is it takes about 4-6 years to "do" the Chesapeake. I live in NC but boat on the Chesapeake because there are so many more places to see and do. I do love the waters of SW FL but not as many things to do without leaving the immediate area, however I am tempted to try there next.
Right on, Daddyo.* To me the Chespeake and SW Florida are the two best cruising grounds south of Rhode Island.* We are in SW FL now and planning to leave for the Chesapeake for summer and fall this coming May.* The Abacos are about as good as cruising gets.

We kept a boat at Morehead City for about five years.* I would do the*same as you and headquarter out of a Chesapeake port.* The cruising is wonderful.*

BTW I had a 36 MT Sedan for about 6 years.* It was a great boat but a little slow for my cruising style.* You can get alot of enjoyment out of that craft.

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superdiver wrote:I notice that there are not many people on here who post from Hawaii? So when I was there last week I made a point of checking out the local marinas on the north shore were I was staying. I didnt see many trawlers people would stay on there.

Is there a reason? I can see getting there a hassle, but not a HUGE problem. I would have thought that you be a neat place to explore if you had the time....
I've only been I HI twice, both times to Oahu, once arriving and departing by plane and once arriving by sailboat and departing by plane.* Some friends had to take their boat from Kaneohe Bay on the NE side of Oahu, around the E side to Honolulu and it was EXTREMELY rough and unpleasant.* Of course I don't know if it is ALWAYS like that but maybe that is a factor?

Marin used to live in HI but I don't think he boated while he lived there, I think that came later.* Maybe he will chime in.

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