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I've said it here before, Puget Sound with it's vast water ways, BC, passage to Alaska, scenery, year-round sailing weather etc. is 2nd to nowhere for sailing.

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And don't even think about Whidbey Island or Anacortes. Terrible places to live and work. I've had a boat there for the last four years and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy! Uh, guys, can we really go to hell for lyin'?
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Really guys I get all of the "it rains all the time" "it sucks here" posts and I say the same thing to people. but we like sailors and we like other sailors to have good water and wind too so how about we just agree that its ok for you to move out here for sailing but make sure your friends only come to visit in the fall when it really does suck (unless you sail) around here .. that way we wont get all the hangers on wanting to move out here too

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Cruising and live aboard is so bad on the coast that after 40 years I've had enough. I've downsized my pile of charts but still have most inside pass to Skagway If there are any machismo sailors about with a propensity for useless suffering I'd be willing to assist them on their way. Advice is free since I don't use that anymore either.
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And don't even think about Whidbey Island or Anacortes. Terrible places to live and work. I've had a boat there for the last four years and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy! Uh, guys, can we really go to hell for lyin'?
Its not really lying just embellishing a little and I suppose a little self serving but seriously in the winter we are an hour outdoor place an hour from sailing to snow skiing there are even lakes open to trout fishing year round from Seattle you are less than an hour from almost any outdoor activity you want to do.

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Port Townsend has to be the worst place ever. Crappy brick buildings, old dinosaurs making wood boats. Folks are so cheap they have to go to micro brewerys to get a decent drop.


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Washington State a lot of people are moving there. Has a pretty good economy right now.

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This ought to be interesting. Moving from Miss to Wash? That's like two opposite ends of the universe.
Oh, how about growing up as a kid on St.Croix in the USVI and moving to central Mississippi to attend college after high school? I went from pleasant tropical days to insane heat and epic humidity. We never had air conditioning growing up and all I did in Mississippi is find the closet place with some A/C running wide open. I had to buy all these things like long pants, socks, road maps, fresh (?) frozen fish and canned fruit to eat. I bet I own more than 15 tons (pun intended) of air conditioning equipment today!

Sailing on the Mississippi sound in the Gulf of Mexico is great but there are things about this area I am getting rather tired of.


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Coming from the east coast, I'm loving it here. I've only been here three years, but love having all my hobbies near by. There were several weekends last year where I was skiing one day and sailing the next. As others have said, the sound (assuming you're not looking at the coast) is large - it's amazing how quickly a half mile of water will prevent urbanization.
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I would appreciate it if someone would comment on the availability of cell phone and data service on the waterways. Not worried about the service near the cities but the small town, quieter areas. Yes, I am a working stiff and need Internet connectivity.

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