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Re: Where should we retire with our boat?
I retired in Florida eight years ago, sailed to the Bahamas and later sailed along the ICW to VA, then along the coast to Portland Maine where I could buy lobster right off the boats as they came in for the day. The largest body of protected water sailing would be the Chesapeake Bay in VA where boats can stay in the water year round. The best ICW sailing was the GA to SC stretch - beautiful natural shoreline with little to no boat traffic. The ICW is a little over 1,000 miles long and GA is around the halfway point, giving you plenty of maneuver room north or south to dodge the Hurricanes which are really not all that frequent at any one particular place. After the most active part of hurricane season, which ends around November, it is perfect timing to ride the early northerly winds south to the keys or Bahamas. However, if rocky shoreline scenery is your thing then you got to just learn to like those winters up there. The real beauty of Florida is under water, experienced via snorkel or scuba excursions right off the back of your boat. If you are a seafood lover, you haven't tasted nothing until you sink your teeth into fresh caught, properly prepared wahoo or yellow-fin tuna, which also may be caught right off the back of your boat. Wherever you end up with a sailboat, the beauty of retirement is that if the grass starts to look greener somewhere else, all you need to do is pull up anchor or cast off dock lines and go check it out.