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Old 10-18-2007
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My wife and I have actually been looking at waterfront property off the OBX - - - just looking, mind you, house is paid for, but still have MANY commitments up here.
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Oriental, NC looks interesting.
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Thumbs up Another Vote For The Chesapeake Bay

There are LOTS of jobs for RNs in the area as well as mechanics... Cost of living in the lower Chesapeake bay is reasonable and the SAILING SEASON is year round (for those of us that don't mind wearing lots of layers)
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Time for a west coast plug... for an American, the Seattle/Puget sound area has it's own charms, and it's proximity to the excellent cruising in British Columbia is an added bonus.

Realestate can be costly still, but the mild climate offers year round sailing- with good rain gear- and handy access to offshore adventures as well.
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dodge, i live in norfolk virginia and think it would be an exellent place to check out. great hospitals, many cheap marinas in the tidewater area.
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good to hear I have a friend that I sail with once and a while that is from norfolk and he has been telling me I need to move there sence I met him but I had to wander because when you live in st louis mo you think that every place other than this is great.
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Not to get myself off topic but with the thought of living in a temprate climate is the any of the budget boats IE catalina hunter pearson morgan that I should stay away from. I plan to cruise in the future but the narow beam and price of a good blue water boat just does not seem practical for dockside living and sailing on the bay. looking in the 10,000 to 15,000 range and not a major project.

thanks for all the good info
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dodge...If your cruising plans are for the East Coast/Bahamas then you need not geta bluewater vessel and would be better served by a production cruiser. Your budget is very minimal so I don't think you're gonna get yourself a decent liveaboard boat that doesn't need an infusion of cash and/or effort to make it cruise-worthy.
I would not steer you away from a particular brand but rather caution you to get a survey and engine survey on any boat you like so as not to purchase a sinkhole for your $$. The condition of the individual boat you find and buy will be more important than any blanket statements about brands I might make.
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Dodgeboatguy, You can find some excellent production cruisers, as camaraderie mentions, and no blanket statements either,- save one. If you search takes you to those older thick hulls of the late 60's and early 70's look for the dimenished hardware and amenities that are often found on the 1974 models. This is the time when fiberglass (an oil product) costs increased by 400% (Carter years, oil cartel, gas lines) and many of the production cruisers took some drastic cuts in what they were providing. 'take care & joy, Aythya crew
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One thing to keep in mind, living on a boat at a dock, tends to reduce the amount of time spent sailing. It becomes a hassle to put things away to go out. With that in mind, the Norfolk/Hampton area probably offers the most shoreside (jobs, shopping, marine businesses). If I really intended to do much sailing though, I'd look at Deltaville, VA or Oriental, NC, and plan on probably commuting a ways.
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