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post #2 of Old 11-14-2002
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Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?

My first suggestion is to tell us a little more about what yourself and what you have in mind. For example, are you and your husband experienced sailors? Where do you sail now? When you say ''cruise'' what do you mean? (i.e. some folks mean motoring down the intercoastal and jumping off to the islands, while others mean transoceanic, while still others spend thier lives cruising the Chesapeake.) Do you have a budget in mind? Are you willing to take on a fixer-upper? and so on.

In a general sense, the Chesapeake is a great place to live aboard and cruise. The winds are generally moderate, the bottom soft, and things are pretty well marked. The Chesapeake rewards reasonably fast and light boats with more sailing time (vs motoring) and a much greater choice of anchorages. While there are cruisers that work for the Chesapeake, as well as, offshore, most people on the Bay seem to elect to chose either boats that are optimal for the Chesapeake or else boats that are optomized for offshore and live with the compromises.

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