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View Poll Results: What state is best for liveaboard sailors?
Florida 23 31.51%
Texas 12 16.44%
California 5 6.85%
North Carolina 3 4.11%
New York 0 0%
Louisiana 3 4.11%
Washington 6 8.22%
Maryland 3 4.11%
Massachusetts 1 1.37%
Other 17 23.29%
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Old 15-07-2013, 10:43   #1
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What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

In terms of marinas that allow liveaboards, cheap monthly rent fees, availability of slips, no or short waiting lists, etc.
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Old 15-07-2013, 10:50   #2
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Re: What state is best for liveaboard sailors?

Based on your stated criteria, NOT southern CA. Maybe Delta regions of SF Bay. Northern CA some good deals but gets cold and rainy in the winter. Not familiar with the NW costs.

That leaves TX, gulf coast of LA, AL, MS, FL east coast, west coast and panhandle but not Miami, Ft Lauderdale, W Palm, Chesapeake Bay (but also a bit cold in the winter)
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Old 15-07-2013, 11:04   #3
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Re: What state is best for liveaboard sailors?

Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is one of the cheapest places to live aboard in the country.
not old that but costs of living there are very low.
if i did not have a 6.5 draft, i would be there.
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Re: What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

Florida seemed pretty easy to me. Easier than Washington anyway. Not real bad up here but not easy. Maybe Fl seemed easy because I wasnt "living aboard" I was "cruising".
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Re: What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

Those voting on the poll would likely be influenced by what they are familiar with,.... I know I am. I've lived aboard in five of the states on the list. North Florida fits these criteria best for me, but I would have to add the opportunity for sailing year round. 'not much sailing in Pittsburg...right?
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Re: What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

Montana.

Other than that, you have no preferences about climate? Or jobs? Or what kind of sailing is to had? You're just looking for a state?

The living aboard means a houseboat would do, the sailing means a whole different set of criteria.

But Montana is a good place to start.
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Re: What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

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Montana.

Other than that, you have no preferences about climate? Or jobs? Or what kind of sailing is to had? You're just looking for a state?

The living aboard means a houseboat would do, the sailing means a whole different set of criteria.

But Montana is a good place to start.

As somebody who currently lives in Montana... I'd like to know why you'd think that? Yeah, its beautiful, but our two largest bodies of water are Flathead Lake and Lake Helena. You can't really sail the Missouri... too many dams. And the winter is a little harsh too...
Just saying, I sure wouldn't want to livaboard here...which is why I'm moving to the east coast.

On the other hand, I doubt anybody would say anything if you were living on one of those two lakes...

By the way, I lived for 3 years in a 18' pull behind trailer on the Madison River, year round. Survived the winter just fine, so not saying its not doable, just saying that I don't think living on a boat on a lake in -10 degree weather with the wind blowing at 30 miles and hour would be much fun.
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As somebody who currently lives in Montana... I'd like to know why you'd think that? Yeah, its beautiful, but our two largest bodies of water are Flathead Lake and Lake Helena. You can't really sail the Missouri... too many dams. And the winter is a little harsh too...
Just saying, I sure wouldn't want to livaboard here...which is why I'm moving to the east coast.

On the other hand, I doubt anybody would say anything if you were living on one of those two lakes...

By the way, I lived for 3 years in a 18' pull behind trailer on the Madison River, year round. Survived the winter just fine, so not saying its not doable, just saying that I don't think living on a boat on a lake in -10 degree weather with the wind blowing at 30 miles and hour would be much fun.
I think he may be joking. I lived at a KOA on the Gallatin but it was next to the hot springs there which made it more bearable. Decided FL would be better for outdoor living! Have family in CA but I think CA is more expensive than FL.
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Re: What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

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Joking? Who, me? [He said with a straight face.]

No, really, if the goal is living aboard a sailboat, as opposed to sailing, Montana would be great place to start. No hurricane season, predictable weather, nice calm water, no sharks, no barnacles, low crime rate, good taxes, stable population, and very few rich people *ching and moaning about how those liveaboards are ruining the waterfront view.

Honest, a GREAT place to live aboard a boat.
[He said with a straight face.]
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Joking? Who, me? [He said with a straight face.]

No, really, if the goal is living aboard a sailboat, as opposed to sailing, Montana would be great place to start. No hurricane season, predictable weather, nice calm water, no sharks, no barnacles, low crime rate, good taxes, stable population, and very few rich people *ching and moaning about how those liveaboards are ruining the waterfront view.

Honest, a GREAT place to live aboard a boat.
[He said with a straight face.]
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Definitely not Hawaii. The geography and weather and water are perfect. The State and County governments are horrible.
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Re: What State is Best for Liveaboard Sailors?

While socal is a bit pricey and has somewhat longish waiting lists (10 years in places, Ouch.). Northern cali is not that bad. Pretty easy to find a liveaboard slip without a wait list, though it might be $300 +200 liveaboard fee for a 35' slip and may not be the perfect location (That is Marina Bay Richmond.). There are cheaper places too, but you have to hunt a bit and get away from the central bay. Plus its the only sailing area with low humidity. Oceans to mountains to wine country all within an hours drive or a 6 hour sail. Lots O wind for sailing too. Plus 90+ degrees in summer in the delta. Can be a little cool in the central bay in summer, though september / october are pretty nice.

Ok ok, I would probably pick Florida too. But it is doable in Northen Cali.
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While socal is a bit pricey and has somewhat longish waiting lists (10 years in places, Ouch.). Northern cali is not that bad. Pretty easy to find a liveaboard slip without a wait list, though it might be $300 +200 liveaboard fee for a 35' slip and may not be the perfect location (That is Marina Bay Richmond.). There are cheaper places too, but you have to hunt a bit and get away from the central bay. Plus its the only sailing area with low humidity. Oceans to mountains to wine country all within an hours drive or a 6 hour sail. Lots O wind for sailing too. Plus 90+ degrees in summer in the delta. Can be a little cool in the central bay in summer, though september / october are pretty nice.

Ok ok, I would probably pick Florida too. But it is doable in Northen Cali.
Good to hear this from someone in the area. I do love the Bay area, love the weather, culture, food and the meeting of mountain and the sea (Florida, forget mountains. We don't even have a decent hill). Do want to spend more time there one of these days. Maybe I don't have to wait until I win the lottery.
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Laid Back is the best state
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State of Bliss, but I'm having a hard time finding it.

Boat US magazine had an article about boater friendly places last month.
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