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Where to live in US and cruise in Summer

So yeah, you caught me another cruiser dreamer.

Lets say I could move anywhere I wanted in the US. My wife is a teacher and she would like to remain a teacher but she isn't particularly location dependant.

Unfortunately this teaching thing (she is actually a teacher who is in it for the kids, go figure ) is a fall through spring thing. This pretty much leaves summer as our most likely cruising timeframe.

So summer looks a bit hot in the gulf of mexico but I don't have any first hand experience with that. Should we be thinking north? Or should we be thinking Florida with the expectation of sailing to the carribean?

Ultimately we would like rent a home durning the winter months (while she is teaching ) and then live aboard in the summer. Cost of living is a factor, although we have some money put aside.

The big question is where to live?
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Might I suggest New England. Cost of living is a bit high in most places but the cruising is great freom Maine to Connecticut. You can also stretch the season to 5-6 months. I love October /November sailing in Buzzards Bay. Teacher salaries are pretty good in most areas and you can't beat the seafood.
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Living in the PNW area (Seattle, or nearby - on Puget Sound in any event) gives you access to the San Juans and the Canadian inside passage - hard to beat cruising grounds like this and given the time and inclination Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwai) Alaska cruises are possible additions or options.

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Cruising: BC's mainland Coast

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@bump I do love Maine. @faster your pics are incredible, the scenery is amazing. Heck in seattle I might be able to pickup some software consulting gigs.
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Second New England as good summer cruising grounds.

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Staying north is not a bad idea. Here in the Gulf area we have this thing called "Hurricane Season". Just a friendly reminder...

Not sure how the cost of living will compare in the different parts of the country, probably cheaper south? For your wife, check to see if she needs state certification for the area you are considering.

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New England....or the chesapeake...

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New England or the PNW... PNW you can sail year round with the right clothing choices!
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South Texas - Houston, or ..., you have the Gulf of Mexico at hand, no state income taxes, good economy, lower cost of living than most any other metropolitan area, constant need for teachers and good job market for you.
Go to CraigsList, Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com or other job sites, look under Houston and you'll be amazed at the openings.

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And summer temps that allow you to cook eggs on the sidewalk... UGH.

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South Texas - Houston, or ..., you have the Gulf of Mexico at hand, no state income taxes, good economy, lower cost of living than most any other metropolitan area, constant need for teachers and good job market for you.
Go to CraigsList, Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com or other job sites, look under Houston and you'll be amazed at the openings.

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