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Re: Good east coast retirement cities?

Outside of the Chesapeake Bay, there is no better inland sailing on the East Coast, than Oriental. From daysails, to 2 day trips, to 7 or more days, there's no end of possibilities, including the Ocean (a half day away). The Broad Creek area (east of Oriental, there's more than one) has many waterfront homes and offers the same possibilities. Also, if you're looking at using the boat primarily for more than daysails, the Bay River has many waterfront properties (you'd need an hour or two to get to where you could really sail). There's also numerous places along the Nuese from Oriental to New Bern, though once past the bend to the NW, the river begins to narrow with some shallow water mid-stream.

Oriental though, is definitely a sailing town. With a West Marine and a local chandlery as well as a consignment store, nearby loft and two boatyards, it's easy to meet your boat needs. It is though, a small town, with few options for the rest of your needs. If I had to move ashore and still wanted to sail, it's where I'd go.
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