For shorter distance cruises, the East Coast beats California
hands down. Easy to head
up to New England
or go south to Charleston, my favorite city, or elsewhere. The Pamlico Sound is huge and protected though don't remember what, if any issues there might be with depth. Having said that, there are climate considerations. Anywhere south of Boston can get unbearably hot in the summer and cold in the winter all the way down to Florida
. Remember shoveling snow off the boat in winter and 100 degree temps and 100% for a week or more at a time in Norfolk. Then there are those pesky little named blows that occur occasionally.
San Diego has near ideal weather
, not to hot in summer or seldom below 60 in the winter. Cruising grounds are somewhat limited unless you head
up to the Channel Islands or down to Mexico
is probably the best place in the world to own a sailboat. Plenty of wind to sail except in winter, and the Bay and Delta
offer a lot of places to go to. You can actually power all the way to Napa for a little wine tasting. Because of the variable wind conditions on the Bay, it is a great place to hone your sailing skills and set the boat up. On a typical summer day you can go from ghosting conditions all the way up to near gale in an afternoon. Slip fees
are also cheaper than down south though live aboard is probably more restricted. Temperatures will be more extreme than SoCal. 50 degrees isn't unusual in the winter and SF itself in the summer. Mark Twains quip, "Coldest winter I've experienced was a summer in SF" Don't have to sail more than a short distance to get away from the cold and fog
of the city in the summer fortunately. Temps are way milder in the East Bay like Alameda rather than places like the city and Sausalito that are affected by the maritime conditions.
Then there is the question of where and how far you want to cruise
. Way easier to get to the Caribbean
from the East Coast. SoPac and Mexico
are easier sails
from the West Coast
. Wouldn't even try Mexico from the East Coast and it's long sail from The Canal
to the Marquesas
if you are going west.
California has an annual tax on boats. It wasn't too onerous but then I wasn't paying it on a Swan. Pretty hard to find anywhere that won't try and get you for some kind of annual tax but the gouge varies. Don't know whether it's SC or NC but one of those States has a pretty hefty annual tax on boats.
One big negative about the West Coast for you is getting the boat there. May not be too expensive to ship from Texas
to SD but think you are talking 5 figures from the East Coast.
Whatever your decision, you have a nice boat to enjoy.