Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-04-2013, 13:35   #16
Senior Cruiser
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 9,135
Send a message via Skype™ to Jim Cate
Re: Where to Move to get into Sailing

IF the driving factor is really sailing, you should consider going the other way: IMO, the San Francisco area has the best year round sailing conditions in the USA. Lots of activities on the water in all seasons, good winds, challenging currents and lots of racing at all levels.

But then, we left anyway...



Jim and Ann
s/v Insatiable back in MBTBC marina, waiting for next eye jobs to be done
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2013, 20:51   #17
Registered User
MSN-Travelers's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Boat: `99 Beneteau Oceanis 352, #282 s/v Witchcraft
Posts: 42
Re: Where to Move to get into Sailing

Why move at all? If you are just getting into sailing, why leave Detroit. You have Lake Erie to the east and Lake Huron to the north. Great location until you learn to sail and really know what you want to do. Both Boston and Wash DC are high cost areas to live in.

If you want year-round sailing . . . head for Florida or a location on the Gulf.

MSN-Travelers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2013, 07:46   #18
Registered User
Group9's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,345
Images: 5
Re: Where to Move to get into Sailing

Move down to the gulf coast or Florida. Once you get about even with Orlando, you have 12 months of boating.

I used to live in Annapolis and the sailing there was great, for the three or four months it was warm enough to do it.

I also lived in Miami and New Orleans, and now live on the Mississippi gulf coast. If you really live to boat, then living down south means living twice as long, at least, in boating years.
Group9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2013, 08:16   #19
Senior Cruiser
tartansail's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Bristol, RI, USA
Boat: Tartan 40
Posts: 604
Images: 1
Re: Where to Move to get into Sailing

Welcome to CF!

I live outside of Boston and sailed out Hull at the south end of Boston Harbor for many years. We've moved our base to Rhode Island which has been great, but not better than Boston Harbor.

You mention "getting into" sailing. I'm going to infer that that means that you and your wife are planning to learn. Boston has a couple of excellent ways to learn sailing without breaking the bank. If you're completely new to the activity, Community Boating on the Charles River is a good way to learn the basics in small boats. If you're beyond that (or once you're beyond that), the Boston Harbor Sailing Club Boston Sailing - Schools Lessons Certifications - Boston Harbor Sailing Club - Sailboat Racing Moorings Rentals Charters has a range of cruising boats that members use for day sailing out into Massachusetts Bay and chartering for longer trips. Many years ago, my (not yet) wife made the transition from crewing for her Dad to sailing her own boat at BHSC and still has friends from the experience. If you live in Boston, the sailing is close enough that weekday summer evenings are a viable option for lessons and short sails.

The Boston Harbor Islands are a well kept secret since Boston Harbor was once best know for its well-named "Dirty Water" by the Standells. Thanks to massive cleanup, it's now a great place to sail and swim (if you like the cold temperature).

Once you're out on your own, there are excellent cruising grounds from Maine to Block Island that are extremely varied and have kept coastal sailors engaged for a lifetime.
- David
S/V Sapphire Tartan 40 #71

tartansail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 20:19   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 4

Joel H. is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blue Oyster Sailing School / Costa Brava Sailing School. Eazy duz it Training, Licensing & Certification 24 30-01-2014 01:20
Sailing Anyone ? David SW General Sailing Forum 12 06-09-2012 15:38
Can I Learn Sailing Theory Virtually ? Mirabilis General Sailing Forum 32 19-11-2011 00:17
Sailing Charlie Seamanship & Boat Handling 5 08-08-2011 21:10

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:47.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.