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Wife and I are looking to retire and get out of upstate NY. I need to buy a house somewhere between central Maine and the Carolinas that's a good retirement town and where I can put a mooring for my sailboat, and minimize dependence on marinas.
I know that's a pretty wide area. But it's so big that it's hard to know where to start, short of throwing a dart at a map. There are a bizzilion "10 best cities to retire" pages in the internet--seems you can find any city in the US in one of them.
Does anyone know of a city/town/community they'd want to recommend for retirement with a cruising sailboat in the family?
PS--Want an upstate NY farm? I'll throw in a show shovel.
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Oriental, NC if you like sailing and a small community
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Lot depends on what you want in the town. And then how you want to use the boat. Another option is a house with a slip.

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When you get towards New England, just throwing a mooring out there might not be an option, even if you have waterfront property. Many harbors have long waiting lists for mooring permits.

I waited 10 years for a mooring in Noank, CT. I've been on the list for Stonington, CT for 10 years and it's looking like I might not make it to the top in this lifetime.
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Another thing you might want to think about ... there are many "retirement guides" about various states/regions of the country that furnish things like taxes, cost of living, etc. You might want to start there, since you'll be land based, then start looking for places within those areas that fit your boating needs.

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When you get towards New England, just throwing a mooring out there might not be an option, even if you have waterfront property. Many harbors have long waiting lists for mooring permits.

I waited 10 years for a mooring in Noank, CT. I've been on the list for Stonington, CT for 10 years and it's looking like I might not make it to the top in this lifetime.
I don't think that's the case in Maine. Pretty sure you can get a mooring in Portland right away. Houses in some communities around there, like Falmouth, give you waterfront access, which I'm pretty sure gives you the right to install a mooring.

The only drawback to Maine might be that the sailing season is a little short, although if you have your own mooring you could probably stretch it beyond what the marinas offer.
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A farmer from NY ? Go south!!! Where its warm!!!
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I'd say Palm Coast in Florida. No income tax, cheap housing, and while you cant just plop a mooring, anchoring out in Florida cannot be restricted outside of designated mooring fields.

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If your interest is sailing, I would certainly recommend you look in NC or SC, where the cost of living is much less, and you you can use your boat all year. In New England, your boat will spend six months sitting covered in a marina. Now that six month period can still be a happy period if you like to ski as much as you like to sail...but otherwise, as a lifelong New England sailor (and skier), I'd say go south.
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Thank you all for the replies. I'm tempted by the warm weather in the south, but even coastal Maine will be milder than what I'm used to.
What I really want (besides the usual concerns like available health care, low crime, taxes, etc) is a locality where I can put my own mooring in. It seems some NE towns, as mentioned above, have long waiting lists while others don't.
Do people commonly own their own moorings in harbors in the Carolinas and Florida?
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