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Favorite U.S. Coastlines?

  • Alaska

    Votes: 2 3.9%
  • Florida

    Votes: 6 11.8%
  • California

    Votes: 4 7.8%
  • Hawaii

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Louisiana

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Texas

    Votes: 3 5.9%
  • North Carolina

    Votes: 3 5.9%
  • Oregon

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Maine

    Votes: 18 35.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 14 27.5%
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Well, at least it isn't a poll. Small mercies.
 

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Fmiwiwat.
 

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Havent sailed it yet but the Maine coast (Penobscot Bay etc) which I saw for the first time on a road trip to Rockland/Camden, Me. Is drop dead gorgeous....hope I get a cruise off there ....
 

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It was only a four day trip from Ft Lauderdale to Norfolk, but it was by far the most fun trip I've ever done anywhere on earth, when I was doing it on a gold plated sport fishing boat at 25 to 35 knots! There is NOTHING I've ever done on a boat that's more fun than doing the twists and turns of the ICW on a 60' sport fishing boat at 35 knots! Burning 800+ gallons of the boss's fuel a day and staying at all the nice marinas each night. I know, tough job, but somebody had to do it.
At least it was fun back when there was plenty of water and few wake zones.
 

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I MAY be biased but how can you beat Maine's 3400 miles of coastline and 3166 islands? You can't. Looking at much of the rest of our nation's coast, most states are essentially miles and miles and miles of crescent shaped beaches. LONG, BORING, no place to go, no islands to settle into, no ledges to plot around. I guess being able to survive in the water for more than an hour would be nice though. And, maybe sail for more than 4 months a year would be OK.
 

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This one's for Oyster Man. Penobscot Bay for 9 days. Yeah, I'm jess bein' mean.

So, throw the Maw-g'n on a trailah, and haul the bast'd upta Rockland. Takes 'bout ten owahs ta get he-ah. Rawk-l'n's got a wick'd good ramp and lotsa pah-kin. Yessah.
 

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Tough to pick just one since they're all so different. I like the wilderness of the Alaska coastline, the dramatic mountain scenery on the west coast, the tropical feel of the Gulf Coast and Florida, and the rocky bays and harbors of Maine.

But all of those leave out my home bias towards the Great Lakes, where we have rocks, dunes, cityscapes and wilderness all mixed together.



 

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Looks to me like someone failed either his Geography or his Civics class, 'cause there's quite a few coastal states missing from that list
Not to mention that some of the states mentioned have very different coastlines in different parts of the state. Weird poll.
 

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I would have to say Massachusetts. From Westport, Elizabeth Islands, both sides of Buzzards Bay, MV, Nantucket, north and south shores of Cape Cod up through Hingham. You could easily spend an entire season in this area and not even come close to seeing all these locations.
 

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I MAY be biased but how can you beat Maine's 3400 miles of coastline and 3166 islands?
If you only count the miles that are not littered with lobster pots then I think you may have to trim that number by about 90%.

It's amazing that nobody seems to think of the Great Lakes. With 4530 miles of coastline, mostly sparse populations, and dramatically less boat corrosion, it seems a fine place to go sailing.
 

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The Pacific North West - which actually the Pacific South West to us Canucks. ;)
 

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If you only count the miles that are not littered with lobster pots then I think you may have to trim that number by about 90%.

It's amazing that nobody seems to think of the Great Lakes. With 4530 miles of coastline, mostly sparse populations, and dramatically less boat corrosion, it seems a fine place to go sailing.
You forgot the Achilles' heel of the Great Lakes, and it pains me to mention it, but the water here can be extremely hard (icy!) for several months and the sailing season is relatively short compared to some locales.

But for 6 months of the year, the Inland Seas are as good as it gets in my rankings.
 
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