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Old 06-29-2017, 01:24 PM   #61
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One option may be to take a lesson from the RV folks. I don't recall the specific about FL, but TX allows you to have a mail forwarding service as your official domicile/driver's license address. With a mail forwarding service as a home base address, you can test out many different areas until you find the one you want to stay at. That will save you from having to commit to a location only to find, after a while, you don't really care for it as much as you thought you might. It might also be handy if you want to migrate between midwest family locations and points further south in winter.
Florida allows the same, hence the success of St. Brendan's Isle which is more like a mail forwarding service on steroids.

This is a common practice of RV'ers, Cruisers, and traveling nurses, among others.
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:25 PM   #62
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What about cooler weather area's?
As long as the water does not freeze and no big concern with plumbing, shew we do enjoy the colder whether.

Thinking east coast or north
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:01 AM   #63
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Jim,
The water froze in Maryland. Don't go north! bad.

Savannah has a limited number of marinas - those in thunderbolt are closer to the action but a little more money. We're at Coffee Bluff marina - less expensive but I think they said there is a waiting list starting for long term wet slips! He does make room on the face dock for transients and sometimes lets people stay there longer term. We found this place because we were on a waiting list for Bahia Bleu marina but we're happy we stayed.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:17 AM   #64
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Yah and it froze in Alaska for a day or two just because a freshwater river's mouth was near the town harbor. One can always put electric heaters in a boat for a day or two. Don't take much to scare you off.

I see no mention of the west coast .. amazing. Mike (the OP) said the west coast is unlikely .. but he's got no boat yet. All this talk about the "brutal" heat in FL and marina water freezing boats in place the west coast is paradise .. well would seem so. So Mikeg whadduah got against the west? Is it just the unknown for you?
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:07 AM   #65
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Yah and it froze in Alaska for a day or two just because a freshwater river's mouth was near the town harbor. One can always put electric heaters in a boat for a day or two. Don't take much to scare you off.

I see no mention of the west coast .. amazing. Mike (the OP) said the west coast is unlikely .. but he's got no boat yet. All this talk about the "brutal" heat in FL and marina water freezing boats in place the west coast is paradise .. well would seem so. So Mikeg whadduah got against the west? Is it just the unknown for you?
California would be a nice option, but up in the PNW you end up with nothing but constant rain and clouds. It makes for a rather dreary and depressing existence. The only good news is that you don't have to worry about hot weather or spending money on swim suits and sun screen. Of course, you make up for that savings for prescriptions for anti-depressants.

Other than that it is great. 15' tide changes and lots of current always keeps boating interesting. The complete lack of dockside services such as line handlers, pump-out services etc help keep you self-reliant. As an added benefit most of the PNW now has some of the modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing and electricity.

Culturally and politically it wonderful, you have two choices. You can opt for the blatantly socialist areas such as Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, or Portland or you can go for the right-wing libertarian prepper culture that incorporates the rest of WA and OR. Of course, there isn't much in the middle. To top it off, while the Puget Sound area has some of the heaviest traffic in the country, making it all but impossible to get anywhere, WA, OR and ID have some of the most polite drivers in the country.

Paradise on earth right here. The perfect place for a live aboard.
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Old 07-24-2017, 01:46 PM   #66
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Just retired, we started "long term cruising" last year. We cruised up the northeast from Long Island to Nova Scotia. We found that most of our time was spent in Maine, northeast of Rockland. So many beautiful islands with mountain landscapes.

One bonus is the temperature. During the summer months it didn't get too warm and at night it was very comfortable sleeping with a hatch open, under a blanket. Just southwest in Massachusetts and below, some nights can be rather hot and steamy.

So many options as well, from uninhabited islands to small village islands to tourist traps. An anchorage for what ever suits your need.

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san diego is great if you can find a slip and you are ready to pay $20 a foot plus live aboard fees? I didn't see anyone mention the Tennessee river area? we are about to retire and cant afford to stay here, so we are looking for other options.
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I would look at the Tennessee river area. Lots to do,reasonable pricing and temperate climate. Lots of TF members are in this area.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:26 PM   #69
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Before we'd ever even been to Fort Lauderdale and when we thought retirement would come later, our dream retirement was the Tennessee River. If we were ever looking for a second home, it would be there. We love Chattanooga. On up toward Knoxville is nice too, but we'd choose to live in Chattanooga, then cruise in both directions.

Love all the areas of the river and Pickwick is great and slightly less winter, just for us personally, having never lived in the country or small rural towns, we'd miss a lot of things living there (love vacationing there), so for our home location we'd go Chattanooga.
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I thought you guys loved Ft. Lauderdale. Damn.
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I thought you guys loved Ft. Lauderdale. Damn.
We do. The TN River was before we knew about Fort Lauderdale. We'd never move now. We still love the TN River, just not as much as we do Fort Lauderdale. Tomorrow, 79 degrees here, 54 in Chattanooga.
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LOL. If your 79 I’ll be 80. ��
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LOL. If your 79 Iíll be 80. ��
Wifey B: Your forecast is 79 too. We might buzz by that way, don't really know where we'll go by boat tomorrow and Sunday. Monday going to Atlantis.
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WifeyB. I’ll be sure not to blink while looking out to sea, wouldn’t want to miss you guys. LOL

You picked a great window for your trip. Are you going north of the Berries or south? We usually go south and clear in Chub but your a lot faster and can make it in one day. Have fun.
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WifeyB. Iíll be sure not to blink while looking out to sea, wouldnít want to miss you guys. LOL

You picked a great window for your trip. Are you going north of the Berries or south? We usually go south and clear in Chub but your a lot faster and can make it in one day. Have fun.
Wifey B: Only a 6 hour trip for the boat we're going on. Might take 7. Yes, beautiful conditions this week. We're coming back home on Wednesday. Thursday at home then driving to NC on Friday.
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Nice to go fast, I’m 10 hours to Chub. You guys are certainly on the move a lot. Enjoy.
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Nice to go fast, Iím 10 hours to Chub. You guys are certainly on the move a lot. Enjoy.
Wifey B: Well, we just went to West Palm today. Short trip. This week is in a Riva so fast boat. Not trawlering. Just a fun day or two at Atlantis, mainly for Tabitha as her finals were on Wednesday so some time away with her plus she and two other girls her age can enjoy themselves. We also miss her when we're cruising and she's in school.

Then the cold of NC.

We always spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in NC and our official Florida Christmas Day this year will be Sunday, the 31st. Yes, we just shift stuff around to fit our needs.
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Enjoy yourselves in Nassau. And really enjoy yourselves with your kids in North Carolina, that must be quite rewarding for both of you.

Merry Christmas in the cold.
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Enjoy yourselves in Nassau. And really enjoy yourselves with your kids in North Carolina, that must be quite rewarding for both of you.

Merry Christmas in the cold.
Wifey B: We will and everyone else enjoy your holidays. For many, other than those working in retail, it's the best chance you have to spend time with friends.

Looks like we'll be lucky in NC. Some rain perhaps but highs around 65 and lows around 50. Don't guess quite convertible top down weather though. Maybe a little. Top down, heat on. At least should be able to play outdoors some with them, basketball, swings, slides, all the cool stuff. Then indoor games. Then video games in which we'll always lose. They enjoy laughing at us and we enjoy that. Some singing. Some stories shared. Incredible time. Celebrate all religions and secularly. It's a time the kids really think and give thanks for all they have, especially for all their brothers and sisters.
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Sea of Cortez in Mexico, it might be a bit of a run but once you get there, you may never leave. Currently starting our 3 year on the Pacific side of Mexico, the last two have been up in the Sea. Great fishing, anchorages, weather and wonderful people. Now down in Puerto Vallarta to check out the mainland some. Still enjoying every day and seeing how far the dollar goes. A great dinner bottle of wine all still between $30-$50.
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