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Re: Best U.S. city for sailing, living aboard, working

The stretch of the western shore of the Chesapeake spanning from Annapolis to Baltimore gives you access to a thriving sailing community and commuting distances to Washington DC and Baltimore. Like many places, the number of marinas that allow full time liveaboards is shrinking, but there are still some in this area.
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Re: Best U.S. city for sailing, living aboard, working

I think we need more specifics, do you want cold weather or warm? Snowy winters, or rain. Hurricanes or earthquakes Islands or San deigo? How much are you looking to spend, I know seattle is really expensive and has waiting lists of up to 10 years, but you could find a marina outside of seattle and get it right away. San Fransisco is like the US's most expensive city. I don't know about other places.
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Personally, the PNW and Puget Sound (outside of Seattle) is where I'd be and may be at some point in time (lived in Bellingham, WA for 3 years).

I couldn't be paid to live in California.
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Re: Best U.S. city for sailing, living aboard, working

yeah could you imagine the taxes in California . I'm moored in puget sound right now. It's pretty awesome, but it's all i know
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Re: Best U.S. city for sailing, living aboard, working

San Diego or Annapolis. Both have decent transportation/walking, good to great sailing, and job markets. In Annapolis you could work in Baltimore or DC. If you can't find a job, you aren't looking.
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I do it in fort myers
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I do it in fort myers

Job situation on west coast of FLorida sucks...unless you want to be a waiter or line-cook during busy season and unemployed during the summer!
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Job situation on west coast of FLorida sucks...unless you want to be a waiter or line-cook during busy season and unemployed during the summer!
It's not too bad around the Tampa Bay area.

And now, since the OP was completely vague in his question, providing us with no criteria to determine what he might consider "best," here is my answer....

Ogallala, Nebraska.

I learned how to sail on Lake McConaughy, and I have a friend who lives aboard a houseboat there every summer. There are always jobs available in the area--though they may not be what the OP has in mind. But since I haven't got the first clue what the OP has in mind, I guess that doesn't matter. So that's my answer. Clearly the best and most useful answer so far!
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Re: Best U.S. city for sailing, living aboard, working

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I know seattle is really expensive and has waiting lists of up to 10 years
There are liveaboard marinas with waiting lists of a month or two, like Ballard Mill. It isn't a very clean marina, but it is cheap.

Shilshole and Elliot Bay likely have ~1 year waiting lists for a liveaboard spot. They are the nicest marinas in town for doing a lot of sailing and weekend cruising, but aren't as well located for actual living (you can't easily walk to a good grocery store for instance).
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Ogallala, Nebraska.
Williston, North Dakota.

There's tons of work on rigs in the Bakken oil patch and although there's a terrible shortage of housing you can solve that problem by plopping your live-aboard boat down in the tail of Lake Sakakawea.

Do bundle the boat up tight, it gets to -50ļF in the winter.
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