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Seattle is a greart place. Too hot in South carolina and the no-seem's will eat you alive...'
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For me Hawaii was the absolute worst place to live aboard and sail.

I moved to the PNW to purchase and prepare my boat for an open ended voyage around the world. The problem I have now is that I am so in love with this area and its thousands of islands that I cant see leaving. I should ad a disclaimer that November December and January blow chunks quite a bit of the time but if you watch the weather you can sail year round here and never drop the hook in the same spot twice.
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West coast jobs are improving. But without knowing what type work he wants kinda hard to say.
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Florida's terrible. Bugs, heat, humidity, taxes, large population of homeless, immigrants, rich people and whatever else, snakes, alligators, crocs (not the kind on your feet), bad drivers, bigots, etc... I'd avoid moving here, er..... there.
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Nice try Seaduction. We are all going to move to paradise.
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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.
I am a So Cal boater and sometimes I wish I wasn't BUT you can't beat the weather and you can just about sail year round without the need of foulies or having to be put "on the hard" the drawbacks are expensive slip fees and not hauling every season the bottom paint stay on longer causing the possabilities of blistering and other problems, Oh yeah, the cost of having to buy sunscreen year round makes the yearly costs a bit higher no hurricanes, northerlys, snow, toronados, etc...
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Basically, as I see it, you need a place that has three qualities:

1) You can sail year round. There are decent places to sail to for one night, a weekend, a week. The wind is such that you can reliably sail, instead of motor, most of the time. There is an active community to cruise and/or race. There are reliable marine services.
2) You can get into a decent marina that allows live-aboards without having to wait for a year. There are other live-aboards there, so a sense of community. You can get decent wifi and other facilities: laundry, clean showers, nearby groceries and other services.
3) You can easily find a job within a reasonable driving distance that pays competitive wages. There is decent public transportation available from the marina or you have a car and you can keep it nearby.

#1 and #2 are fairly fixed, but it does to some extent, as others have noted, depend on your climate preference. #3 is completely dependent on what you do for a living.

IMHO, any place with "real" winter fails test #1. San Fran, and other places, fail #2. I am especially sad about this, because SF seems like one of the best sailing cities in the US and I am a computer programmer, so jobs are plentiful. Sounds like finding a decent live-aboard marina is not going to happen.

Tell us what you do for a living, and we will give you much better answers.

I do construction work.
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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.

I love good weather.
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I do construction work.
I can only speak for my part of the world, but along the gulf coast you can sail year around, almost never have to motor, but it is hot in the summer. Still great sailing, just hot at the dock (need AC).

You can probably find construction work almost anywhere along the gulf, but for sure Houston (specifically Kemah/Clear Lake) has a vary active sailing community, tons of live-aboard friendly marinas, tons of jobs, lots of marine services and a low cost of living. Since there are over 10,000 slips on Clear Lake, there are also a ton of used boats for sail at any given time. Along the Gulf New Orleans and Tampa are really nice too, and have very active sailing communities. Not sure about the construction jobs.

If you prefer smaller cities, the Emerald Coast area of Florida would offer great sailing and should have lots of construction jobs.
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Raindog, SSHHHH......... don't tell everyone. Next thing you know it will end up like Seattle or the east coast of florida. For that matter; like rest of the coast line of the us.
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