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Opportunities for paid and, of course, unpaid crew positions

Paid is NOT gonna happen until you have a good bit of sea time and find a captain that would trust you to crew on deliveries

On the other hand anyplace with a big racing seen has pretty much unlimited other peoples boat rides

On Long Island you join Oak Cliff Sailing for really CHEEP and sail on a fleet of boats beyond believe as they run a multimillion dollar fleet because this really nice rich person wants to promote sailing and there is NOTHING i have every seen run at this level for anybody with the desire
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Thanks for your input everybody. I'm from the chicago area and there is plenty of sailing and sailing facilities to be had between here and milwaukee but the season is just too short. It looks like the gulf coast, the Chesepeake, or the carolinas might be the most budget friendly for me. I visited Mobile and Gulf Shores, AL many years ago, before katrina and the oil spill and thought Mobile was a pretty cool town - of course i was just a kid then. Does anyone have an opinion of that area? San Francisco would be awesome but the money just might not be there. I have some friends who live in Shelter Cove, CA on the " lost coast" in northern cali, does anybody know what the sailing scene is like up in redwood country?
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I think I would make my first priority to be finding a job. Right now, housing is really cheap in Florida. Why? High umemployment.
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I'm sorry, but *nothing* about San Francisco is budget or shoestring. California is high tax, high regulation, high cost and San Francisco is probably the most expensive city in the state.
I still vote for Southern California at least. Yes, we do pay more and things tend to be a little more expensive. But I have year round sailing and use my boat almost every weekend, 12 months a year. And the only time I pull my boat out of the water is when I have to get the bottom painted.
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I will get flamed for this but Portland, Maine is a great sailing town. Paid crew positions for day schooners, racing every weekend, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in the summer. Plenty of paid boat work in the winter if you are skilled and can market yourself. We sail here 7 months of the year. A friend goes out every Sunday year round.

Cheap housing. You can find places under $1,000 inclusive right in town and a great social scene. Go 30 minutes from Portland and find places cheaper or in the country if you prefer.
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I will get flamed for this but Portland, Maine is a great sailing town. Paid crew positions for day schooners, racing every weekend, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in the summer. Plenty of paid boat work in the winter if you are skilled and can market yourself.

Cheap housing. You can find places under $1,000 inclusive right in town and a great social scene. Go 30 minutes from Portland and find places cheaper or in the country if you prefer.
I would agree with you but is not the sailing season short? Worked in Maine back in the 80's and the other negative is the cold long winters.
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I still vote for Southern California at least. Yes, we do pay more and things tend to be a little more expensive. But I have year round sailing and use my boat almost every weekend, 12 months a year. And the only time I pull my boat out of the water is when I have to get the bottom painted.
You forgot to mention those So Cal women- nice to look at but expensive, and high maintenace.
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I think I would make my first priority to be finding a job. Right now, housing is really cheap in Florida. Why? High umemployment.
That is why the Annapolis (Baltimore/Washington) area might be a good bet, job market there is probably best in nation.
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People always bring up the cost of living in an area. But seems to me it comes down to the cost of your housing. No matter where you go your food, gas, utilities, clothes, car, boat parts will be the same.

Primarily housing is where the cost may vary. But if you are young and can shack up with some roomates- say rent a house with four people (what I did when I lived in Annapolis- walking distance to downtown) housing can be reasonable just about any where.

So pick a place you want to live and move there- think about it, people do live in the most desirable and expensive places in the world- if they can do it, and you want to, no reason you cannot make it happen.
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