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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

I think the PNW has the best weather in the country. It's not too hot in the summer, it's pretty dry in the summer, and it doesn't get too cold in the winter. Good sailing year round, awesome scenery, good culture.

I have a 5 week trip planned this summer from Seattle up to Desolation Sound, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll probably do another 2 week trip later in the summer hanging around the San Juan Islands.
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

I'll throw in another tip of the cap for the Great Lakes. We have beautiful water, great harbors, soaring dunes, rocky bluffs, forested wilderness complete with wolves/moose/bear, big cities (Chicago, Milwaukee, etc.), funky islands (Beaver), uninhabited islands (100's), historic races (Chi-Mac), open water, and more.

We do not have tides, barnacles, sharks, jellyfish, red tides, or hurricanes.

Of course the caveat to all of this sailing splendor is that you'll have to enjoy it between April and October when the water isn't too hard for sailing.

Having said that, I'm also a big fan of Maine and SW Florida for cruising grounds. Actually, I don't think I've cruised or visited anywhere "boaty" that I'm not fond of.
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

You guys are ALL WRONG! The best cruising grounds in the USA are

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The Bahamas
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

Perfect world: Chesapeake Bay April-May and Sep-Oct. PNW Jun-Aug. Florida Keys Nov-Feb.

Haven't sailed the Great Lakes or the New England coast. Imagine they are nice in the summer.
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

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Perfect world: Chesapeake Bay April-May and Sep-Oct. PNW Jun-Aug. Florida Keys Nov-Feb.

Haven't sailed the Great Lakes or the New England coast. Imagine they are nice in the summer.
Then you're looking at a trailerable? Or enough $$ to keep 3 boats in 3 different places and fly from one to the other?

East Coast snowbirds solve this by migrating with the weather - FL or Bahamas in winter, Chessie in spring and autumn, and New England in summer. OP doesn't seem to be looking for the mobile lifestyle (either retired or web-based business); looking for "the One Perfect Place" which probably doesn't exist. I think you have to list what's important to you - weather, culture, city/country, political climate, cost of living, whatever - and then go for the best 8 out of 10.
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Best cruising? Southwest Florida

Just got back from an early-March bareboat charter out of Punta Gorda.
Charlotte Harbor is well-protected, when the wind pipes up. Go out into the Gulf when you want to.
Great sunsets.
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

For me and my wife, full time live-aboard and cruising should at no time of the year involve cold weather. The Florida Keys was and is our #1 choice......never in recorded history a snowflake or freezing weather. Sure, you may see an occasional hurricane, but they can be handled with proper planning. The dockage is EXPENSIVE there, but anchoring is cheap. And,as has been said before, it's a great jumping off place for the Bahamas.
We are now land locked and located on the South Texas Coast and are planning a cruise along the Gulf Coast to the Keys. If we coast-hop, that's about a month's worth of travel time. Oh, and by the way the 600+ miles of shoreline in Texas is a greatly overlooked and inexpensive place to cruise.
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

14th St NW in DC used to be where people went "cruising" and Times Sq. NYC before they cleaned it up!
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

sailordave: I was born in DC so I know what you mean about 14th ST. NW!!! To me, for my small amount of time sailing, I would say the Chesapeake Bay!! But, I am looking forward to many other areas once I move into the lifestyle.
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Re: Where is the best cruising in the USA?

If i had the money; i'd have one boat on the great Lakes for the summer and one in the Southeast or gulf (Pass Christian, Miss) for the winter.

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Chaumont-Bay is a beautiful, secluded area located near the St. Lawrence Seaway, on the east end of Lake Ontario, in what is commonly called the Thousand Islands-Seaway region of the state. The Chaumont-Three Mile Bay area is a "Golden Crescent" shaped body of water that is the largest fresh water bay in the world. It also has some of the best fishing in the world where its murky waters provide the perfect habitat for perch, bass, pickerel, pike, lake trout and salmon. The entrance to the bay is provided at Point Peninsula and Pillar Point, where you'll find two of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the country, as well as several local marinas. Chaumont Bay offers swimming, biking, hiking trails and cross country skiing and snowmobiling, as well as boating and fishing. A two-mile trail at Chaumont Barrens leads visitors through a unique landscape with a variety of rare habitats. Although a remote area, Chaumont Bay has motels and rentals along the water and in the village of Chaumont, and area restaurants are excellent. Many special events are held in the area each year, including the Lyme Community Field Days, the Tour de Chaumont Bay Bike Ride, along with several fishing derbies and arts and crafts fairs. In addition, Chaumont Bay is near golf courses, the ferry to Canada, boat access to the St. Lawrence Seaway and 1000 Islands boat tours.
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