Major factors include: Slip availability, costs, stringent regulations
, cruising opportunities.
My opinion: Texas
is near the top, still easy to find a slip. Weathers decent in winter, costs are low. The downside is the water
is muddy due to the countercurrent that brings the Mississippi
mud along our coast. Too many oil
rigs and other man made obstacles. You can really get away from it all the further south you get. Great place for the loner.
The worst: Well my opinion is too well known. As beautiful California
is, I don't consider it to be liveboard friendly. Too many waiting lists, regulations
, expensive slip fees
. The cruising looks great, and the weather
is the best in the country.