I spent 8 years as a liveaboard
If you enjoy casual sailing ~10 knots of wind
, and sailing weather
almost 350 days per year, San Diego is the place to be.
If you enjoy rails in the water
sailing all of the time, maybe not the place to go.
If you enjoy wearing foul weather gear
all but 2 months out of the year, San Diego may not be for you as you will forget which locker has the gear
stowed on the one day a year you may need it.
If you enjoy riding and timing major tides and currents, it may not be your place.
If you prefer cheap
old rickety single
pear non-floating docks and can't stand nice dual finger concrete floating docks, you may want to reconsider.
If running aground in the ICW
, inlets or bays is something you have a real thirst for, you may want to stay away from San Diego.
If you have an allergy toward 65-70 degree weather all year round, stay away from San Diego.
If you enjoy dodging ships and barges all day long, maybe not your place.
If crossing a bar or dealing major swells and seas coming through inlets is something you truly enjoy, then head
Someone made mention regarding the costs of slips. I would say they are actually a better value. You don't have to run the AC in the summer, a small cabin
heater to take the chill out of the low 45 nights. You can sail your boat all year round and don't have to call in sick just because the weather is good. Easier to schedule cruises around timetables, not the weather. No bugs, snakes or alligators to deal with. Most of the marinas have nice floating concrete docks with fingers on both sides and huge clean bathrooms.
The downside is boredom if you like any of the above, lobster pots, and kelp. A few ships and subs to deal with, but depths are such that you don't have to share a small channel with the few (in comparison) there are.
What I miss most is getting on the water
on almost any day of the year.