Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
"hey we might have to move and at least it's coastal and there's sailing," SD doesn't sound too bad."
To me this sounds rediculous. Like you're talking about Cleveland or something. Im dying to get down to San Diego.
I've been to Maryland at least 12 times and it isnt very good. San Diego and Southern California are so far superior that you'll probably laugh at your previous thoughts.
I would take this opportunity in a heartbeat. There are tons of places to sail and cruise they are just different and farther. Google images of the central California coast. It's incredibly beautiful.
And don't forget there are tons of other things to do. You have mountains and desert and redwoods...basically everything except the tropics. What's not to like? I know they main complaint is its crowded, but its not as crowded as the northeast.
Thanks for the reply and the perspective, northoceanbeach. I can see how it might sounds a little silly. Perhaps I should clarify a few things. First, I've been to California probably 50 times, mostly San Diego and San Francisco, but also LA area a number of times. I'm actually flying back from SD right now, and while I was there, I hung out with some sailing friends who were passing through on their boat at the same time I was there for business. So I got a bit of their perspective too.
I'm pretty familiar with California's beauty and what it has to offer ashore. And the fact that one can sail there makes it awfully tempting, and that's why we're considering a move (career move by itself would not be enough for us). Cleveland, not so much (no offense to my friends from there, by the way). So that's why we're trying to learn more about the sailing life in SD.
You said that Maryland isn't that good, but I beg to differ, although I'll agree that this is subjective and depends on where you go. From a sailing perspective, there are 4,000 miles (some stats say 8,000) of shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay, which is only a couple hundred miles long. That's a testament to just how many anchorages, nooks, and crannies there are to visit--you could take decades to visit them all. As it is, we can leave our slip on Friday and choose from easily 30 different anchorages (or marinas, if we want) within just a few hours sail, many much closer. We've explored remote areas of the eastern shore and all kinds of hidden anchorages that simply do not exist in California, or in most places for that matter.
I'm not saying it's perfect, just that it has a lot to offer. And add to this that our boat is only a short walk from our house, and we live in a community with several swimming beaches, a number of community marinas, several fishing piers, etc. And it costs almost nothing for us to keep our boat here (seriously, almost free). We take afternoon walks with our dog and little one along the shore every single day, just a block from our house, and stroll past the boat while we're at it. And this type of living is accessible here because of that same stat--so many miles of shoreline that it isn't QUITE at the premium you see elsewhere.
If we move to San Diego, there will be no house near the water (far too expensive), no daily walks along the shore (without driving there first), and it will cost many thousands per year in slip fees to give the boat a home. Does this mean we shouldn't go? Absolutely not. I'm just saying that we have a good thing going where we are, and we respect the fact that this would be no small change for sailors from the Chesapeake considering a transition to southern California, even though SoCal has much to offer itself.