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Looking to our future, I've always wanted to be sailing in an area where I could sail year round. I would like that to be somewhere on the East Coat.


What is the general dividing line between year round sailing and those that annually are on the hard for the winter?


My idea was to be on the Chesapeake around Norfolk. Deep enough for year round sailing and far enough North to be out of the major hurricane alley.

Bear in mind, I am just thinking right now. We have no immediate plans for moving anytime soon.
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I feel that much above the Georgia border is artic waste land, but thats just me.
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I am in NC. You will get days warm enough from time to time during the winter and it is rare to have more than a couple of weeks without a somewhat nice day (might only be 50s for the nice day in the dead of winter). This is the furthest north you will find gators, who don't care much for harsh winters either.
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TJK1...
Norfolk and the Lower Chesapeake has a nice long sailing season...but I wouldn't call it "year round" as it really is not too much fun 11/1-3/1 unless you enjoy being really cold and wet without actually freezing!
North Carolina is much the same but a tad milder. The problem with SC and GA is that the sailing grounds pretty much suck as does the east coast of FL...but at least from there you can hop over to the Bahamas.
I like NC due to the vast cruising grounds and the best beaches on the east coast and the generally mild weather and relative safety from hurricanes. The Chesapeake and an equally impressive cruising ground is only 2 days away so we really have a nice array of cruising choices here and a good long season...if not year round. (Prices are a lot better than further north too!)
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After almost three months in NC, I'd have to second cam's post. Almost anywhere you are on the Pamlico/Ablemarle Sound area you have good sailing areas and lots of different overnight cruises. I like Oriental, because with the width of the Nuese, once you're out of the short channel, you can pretty much sail in any direction the wind is blowing.

I also thought the north end of Hilton Head Island, the Port Royal Sound, was a nice place, though sailhog tells me tide and current can be a real factor there.

Eastern Florida, till you get down to Biscayne Bay, is pretty much offshore sailing. The Panhandle of Florida has some decent areas around Pensacola and Destin.
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Sounds like everybodie's voting for NC.
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TJK, my brother has been looking in that area too. He is leaning towards Virginia Beach around the Lynnhaven inlet. Not too hot, not too humid (like he says NC is). And you can sail year round, although it is a bit colder. Don't quote me on that last part though, I don't live there.
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Why do you keep changing your avatar?
Its confusing me, I have a hard enough time as it is.
I actually thought you were related to John at one point.
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Because, as it says, I have nothing better to do! I am very fickle. How many times have I said I am selling my boat, then two days later, I am not selling it? Once I get a good shot of the boat sailing, I won't change it, unless I sell the boat....The nose is still a little sore, thanks for the rep on that. I think I must have cracked it.
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Because, as it says, I have nothing better to do! I am very fickle. How many times have I said I am selling my boat, then two days later, I am not selling it? Once I get a good shot of the boat sailing, I won't change it, unless I sell the boat....The nose is still a little sore, thanks for the rep on that. I think I must have cracked it.
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