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Your fantasy port/marina for liveaboard?

Hi all... i am single, retired and just bought my boat (Allmand 31) and plan to go sailing this summer mostly in the southeast (NC, SC, GA, FL. I plan to be a live aboard but not sure where... I want to be in an area that has culture, relative warm weather all years, a decent population, and beautiful...

WHERE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FANTASY PLACES (CITIES) TO BE A LIVEABOARD?


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Key Largo, Fort Lauderdale, Merritt Island.

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Come to Charleston SC, great culture, food, etc and the harbor is right in the middle of it. Savannah Georgia is another great option for the same reasons but is a little bit smaller if thats more your pace.
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New Bern, Wilmington/Southport, Oriental, all in NC. Quite inexpensive as well. Maybe you go south for the winter as it does get cold in these parts (but not freezing). Summers down South can be brutal.
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South of France, Nice, St Tropez, Monaco, Cannes...

Anywhere there
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As a "fantasy port" I'd have to almost agree with Mark, just slightly to the East. Port Hercules in Monaco would be the place to hang, if I was a multimillionaire. A few days there on my budget and I'd be eating rice and beans for the rest of the month (or two). After that the Cote D'azur and the Balearic Islands are wonderful.
However, a bit closer to home, if you are going to stay in a marina or behind someone's house, Charleston SC is probably the best liveaboard town I've seen on the East coast. A truly cosmopolitan city with good weather (and a breeze) most of the year. Summers can be brutal, but not nearly as bad as anywhere in Fla. There's an active racing crowd there and the harbor if OK for day sailing, with an incredible view of the old town and the two forts at the entrance. It is not a good liveaboard town if you plan to be anchored out though.
I also used to like Beaufort NC, but I hear things have changed there as to the liveaboard regulations and shore access by dinghy. A very small waterfront town, quite similar to a New England fishing village, with much better weather. Just to the west is the Newport River and across that is the "big city" of Morehead City where your can get, do or find just about anything you might wish.
I've spent a lot of time in Fla & the Keys and I'd never go back. The water LEO's are nut jobs and the state is pretty well set up to favor the rich, on the waterways. Anchoring regs can be a killer, even for a few hours on a weekend. The only real sailing waters on either coast is offshore and that can seriously hamper any plans for a day sail, if the weather isn't cooperative.
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Anywhere you can find a live aboard marina in the Florida Keys. Anyplace north of Key Largo gets too damned cold in winter. Kriss, I was in Myrtle Beach on winter playing music and the temperature outside was 17 degrees, and never got above freezing for a week. I bailed out and went to Marathon Key, Florida and the temperature was 65 and everyone was wearing heavy coats and sweaters.

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Kriss, I was in Myrtle Beach on winter playing music and the temperature outside was 17 degrees, and never got above freezing for a week. I bailed out and went to Marathon Key, Florida and the temperature was 65 and everyone was wearing heavy coats and sweaters.
It's this global warming trend we were promised, Gary...
But at least the bays here in NC are not yet freezing for the winter. That is really what I meant, that you can sail even in winter here.

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Miami Beach marina is a great place to stay long or short term but no boatyards close nearby that I'm aware of.Several marinas in the Daytona area are nice and there are several good boatyards just down the river.
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+1 for NC... FL panhandle next
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