Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
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It's getting pretty difficult to leave a keel sailboat (or any boat) anywhere for free, as waterfront "property" whether marina or permanent mooring (latter for higher tide-range areas like Gloucester), is increasingly scarce and expensive.
It's almost cheaper to just live aboard and anchor. But you can't really leave a boat for any period of time just riding on an anchor, and the availability of protected anchorages is limited too.
Down here in New Orleans (only a 1-2 foot tide here) you could 'squat' in the damaged marina slips after Katrina for several years, but as they get fixed up that option is gone. In general, the South is going to be cheaper, the Northeast and West Coast less so.
This is just general advice, others may have something more specific.