I need the collective option on this: Within the next year my family
will have to move from our beloved PNW.
We will greatly miss it up here, as it is truly a fantastic place to explore and its beauty is just amazing. I have the strong feeling one day we will return, but as for the present...
From a sailing/cruising perspective which would you pick if you were given a choice of a home port; Monterey Bay, CA or Chesapeake Bay
, nothern MD?
A little about us: We live-aboard with our two kids
2 and 4. We try to get out as much as possible, and really enjoy if nothing else leaving for the weekend. I'd say in an average month we get underway 3 out of 4 weekends, and usually do 3-4 longer trips as vacation
time allows. The PNW is perfect for this, as there are so many places to travel to in just a day sail!
Our thoughts: It seems that Chesapeake Bay
would be better suited to the type of boating
we do now, and we do have most of our friends and family
over there as well. However, Monterey Bay has a much milder weather
, is within a long weekend striking distance of SF Bay
, and IMO would give us some prime sailing experience. The negatives I see for Chesapeake Bay are the weather
(hot and cold), and the $$ to truck the boat across country (a decent percentage of which will be paid for as part of our move). The negative we see for Monterey Bay is that from looking at Google Earth
it just doesn't seem that there are a lot of places within striking distance from there apart from SF Bay
Of course a lot of other factors will play into our decision, but we love our current
lifestyle so much that sailing and local cruising is a very important piece of the puzzle. So, where would you go in our shoes, Monterey Bay or Chesapeake Bay???
Many thanks for your opinions!!
Frank and Jody