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I''m considering moving to a coastal town and restoring a boat. The only requirement for work is that I''m close to a major airport so I can travel. I''d like to keep my housing costs low while I restore the boat so I know places like San Diego are out. What cities would you recommend and why?

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Why is San Diego out? San Diego is pretty nice.

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San Diego is a great city, but expensive. My thought is I can save more money for cruising and spend more on my cruiser if I live where the cost of living is less.
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The low cost of living requirement is really going to limit your choices as far as places warm enough to sail or work on the boat year round. It''s my understanding some of the Southern (Georgia, Carolinas) and Gulf States ( Mississippi, Louisiana) have affordable coastal living. You can also live inland in So. Calif. a little cheaper like San Diego or Riverside Counties. I live in a ski town in the mountains & keep my boat 100 miles away in So. Orange County, I can keep my boat there but I sure couldn''t afford a house in Newport Beach, Etc.
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Here in New Orleans we have a marina that will let you live aboard wile you do the work
it is Seabrook Marine for $6.00 per foot the yard wil haul and block your boat. They get a dollar a foot to wash the bottom. After three days they start charging $15.00 per day for a 38 foot boat and I think that is any boat length. They pay the water and electric. Ft lauderdale is not to bad if you get into a good yard. Both places can eat you up in rent and electric remember they have no gas heat or anything in most southern states so utilities can be high.
Lauderdale has a distinct advantage of thousands of boats and places to buy new and used parts like the Daina Florida marine swap meet at the JaiAli on Daina beach Blvd.
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