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Sailing in different parts of the country

I am thinking about moving someplace where I can sail more often. The weather here in minnesota makes it pretty tough to sail year round. Is there anyplace where I can look to see what the sailing environment in different parts of the country is like? I can look up temperature online pretty easy so that is not it.

For instance I have seen people talk about how seattle has pretty light air so full keel boats are generally not good. I have also heard people mention that the west coast can be pretty treacherous sailing. Don't know why, but thats what they say.

Another one that has come up is something along the ten tom waterway. I have heard that it is really pretty but not much info about winds and whatnot.

In general I am looking for someplace with water all year round and access to the ocean or gulf. I would also need access to a good sized airport. A nice to have would be a bustling tech market local but I can cope without that.

The obvious place is florida and I have friends there that I can hang out with. In general I am kind of thinking east coast but oregon or washington state are certainly on the table as well.
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You betchya, dat florida place is real nice, goot sailin.. moved her meself awheel back ya know.

Id dunt know who trechris da west coast is but I knowed da nort coast is a might trechris.

aye, good luck to ya der fella findin da place in yer dreams!
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Lots of places would work--California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Virginia, North/South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, etc.
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been thinking about that myself, hate the way things just close up in michigan. Seriously been considering anywhere from the chesapeake on down.
A decent way to get an idea of climate is to go to Stats about all US cities - real estate, relocation info, house prices, home value estimator, recent sales, cost of living, crime, race, income, photos, education, maps, weather, houses, and more and check out the cities in the area you're interested in, they have a few charts in there with average temps, rain/snowfall, wind speeds etc.
Used to use that site when I was being moved around the country for work, if it was near water I'd look it over and see if I wanted to bring my trailer sailor.

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The site is city-data.com, (don't forget the hyphen)the link above should take you there, can't figure out why the forum software wants to stretch it out like that, and don't see a way to 'title' the link like you can on most boards

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It's not just the weather/climate that should factor into this decision... you should also consider the nature of the region as it relates to cruising.

California, Florida, the Gulf, etc all have warm year round conditions that don't require winter storage. But I'd argue that none of them can hold a candle to the PNW for easily accessible sheltered cruising grounds.

Puget Sound, Georgia Strait, Gulf Islands , Desolation Sound, and even (for the more adventurous) into the inside passage and on to Alaska is the menu for this region, with few open ocean/leeshore trips. Typically still nights in most anchorages, and a good selection of bays and coves to best deal with the two primary weather patterns that cycle through are other points to highly recommend it.

"Winter" sailing is in fact doable, but is also on the chilly side and requires some dedication and decent gear. A bonus is having most anchorages to yourself.

But look at the big picture, more than just the climate!
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Is "climate" that cold wet stuff that runs off my sou'wester and down the inside of my collar? Faster, you're supposed to make the PNW sound less appealing so they'll go somewhere else. I haven't learned all those "rules of the road" yet, so need lots of space.
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Unless you are independently wealthy you may want to look at economies as well. Florida is not one of the hotter markets for jobs at the moment.
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I am thinking about moving someplace where I can sail more often. The weather here in minnesota makes it pretty tough to sail year round. Is there anyplace where I can look to see what the sailing environment in different parts of the country is like? I can look up temperature online pretty easy so that is not it.

For instance I have seen people talk about how seattle has pretty light air so full keel boats are generally not good. I have also heard people mention that the west coast can be pretty treacherous sailing. Don't know why, but thats what they say.

Another one that has come up is something along the ten tom waterway. I have heard that it is really pretty but not much info about winds and whatnot.

In general I am looking for someplace with water all year round and access to the ocean or gulf. I would also need access to a good sized airport. A nice to have would be a bustling tech market local but I can cope without that.

The obvious place is florida and I have friends there that I can hang out with. In general I am kind of thinking east coast but oregon or washington state are certainly on the table as well.
Water all year round: Baltimore/Chesapeake Bay

Access to ocean or gulf: a bit of a run down to the mouth of the Chesapeake, so maybe not.

Good sized airport: Baltimore-Washington International

Bustling tech market: Baltimore/Washington metro area

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Norfolk has what Baltimore doesn't...easy ocean and icw access. access to the chesapeake, access to the NC sounds...and a good airport or two. Job market is good due to government and the Navy. Cheaper than Baltimore both for boat slips and living.

Baltimore is however...a wonderful city these days and I like the CITY more than Norfolk. Just too far up the Bay! Climate and sailing season are long and the cruising is as varied as anywhere.
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Is "climate" that cold wet stuff that runs off my sou'wester and down the inside of my collar? Faster, you're supposed to make the PNW sound less appealing so they'll go somewhere else. I haven't learned all those "rules of the road" yet, so need lots of space.
You're right, Ray... should have just pushed Puget Sound, since it must be deserted all summer - all the Americans are in our waters!
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