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Old 17-09-2009, 12:22   #1
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Hi All! I'm New to this Forum, from Austin, TX...

Greetings! I've just joined this forum and would love to introduce myself. I'm Michelle from Austin, TX and have been sailing with my hubby for the past couple of years on our 1984 Hunter 31. We bought her because she needed a little TLC and we wanted to learn by doing the work.

Next on our checklist is to move to the east coast in the next year, so we can get more coastal and off-shore experience. We've narrowed it down for us to NC, SC or FL and would like to find a place with a strong sailing community. We're in our early 40s and are fortunate to work from home offices, so location is open. I'd love to hear from any of you with thoughts on the subject, suggestions or places to avoid.

It's great to see so many members here and look forward to reading more of the posts.

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Old 17-09-2009, 12:30   #2
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If you want some sailing ground? I would think S.E Florida has it. Biscayne Bay is a wonderful place to sail all year. The Bahamas are 42 miles away from Miami. The Bahamas could be a fantastic training ground to explore the earth. We used South Beach Miami as a hub for 4 seasons while going in, and out of the Bahamas. South Beach kind of reminds me of Rio with no mountains.......i2f
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Have you considered Corpus Christi... Since it's close and all.
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Michelle, Since your used to the heat and humidity in the summer, you may want to visit St. Petersburg FL. Very nice downtown and marina area, and from there you can sail for a weekend or a month pretty much any time of year. Good luck and enjoy the forum
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in between cruising my husband son and I lived in Austin. As I would tell people we don't live near the lake, we lived in it!! ( Travis). We eventually moved the boat to Houston to go cruising. We kept the boat in Port Aransas, Corpus, and now Rockport. The slips there are really reasonable and there is a huge sailing community for support.
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BTW we were in Austin This week and were horrified to see Lake Travis low. We got married at what used to be Yacht Harbor. What a drop off where the lake used to be!
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Michelle,
My husband and I just left the Austin area, Leander, we came to Maryland and purchased our boat. We have been here about six weeks and will be heading home mid Oct. As Dorthory said, "There's no place like home." But the sailing on the Chesepeake is awesome, I can not say enough about the sailing up here. We are slipped in Galesville at Hartge Yacht Harbor, nice little marina. Be prepared for increased cost of living on the east coast, just about double almost. But still very nice. Winter is coming so we are headed south. Good luck on your new adventure. Ours has been great.
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Thanks all! We're heading to St Augustine this month to try it out for a few months. Lack of income tax played a big part plus we love the history.

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