Great plans but not sure you can get all your criteria in one location. Some places have some things but not the other.
A general overview of your preferences.
- New England
PROS. Great cruising grounds. Hard to beat. Lots and lots of places to go and see. Can cruise
for years and not run out of places.
. Short season, usually no more than six months. NOT CHEAP
. If you're looking for a marina unless you end up in the far north boondocks of main or some other very out of the way place. If you can live with a mooring
taxi to the boat
you can get by for a lot less but a lot of the more popular areas have a waiting list for moorings.
- South CA.
PROS: Great weather
, good sailing
CONS: Limited cruising, basically south to Mexico
or off to Catalina
or the other 3-4 nearby islands. EXPENSIVE and limited marina space.
PROS: Great weather, good sailing (although can blow like stink at times)
CONS: Cruising OK. SF Bay
and the CA Delta
have a lot to see but offshore
again limited options. Generally expensive but cheaper slips can be found in the outskirts or up the Delta
PROS: Good cruising, Not expensive.
CONS: Somewhat limited season.
FL East coast.
PROS: SE you have the Keys and Bahamas
. All east coast FL pretty much year round sailing. NE FL affordable
CONS: NE cruising limited to up and down the the coast but south FL isn't that far. SE FL very expensive.
FL West coast
PROS: Reasonable cruising options. Year round sailing. Most areas are affordable.
CONS: Can be hot, hot hot in the summertime. Some areas very expensive. Cruising is OK but not the best. Lots of shallow areas.
PNW: Good cruising but lots of the year it can be cool and damp.