Need to roll a canoe over...into a sailboat
August 12, 2014 9:25 PM Subscribe
Looking for the ideal locale to live cheaply and practice sailing just as cheaply.
posted by bricoleur to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total)
I'm considering a move to the SF Bay area for the sole purpose of spending the maximum number of daylight hours sailing cheaply or for free on other people's keelboats. My ultimate goal is solo cruising in about three years. I would also really like to buy a cheap boat and live aboard, to get my downsizing out of the way while I'm getting my skills up to snuff, learn boat maintenance, and maybe turn a profit in a couple years when it's time to buy The Boat (that last is totally optional).
I've lived in the Bay Area before and am close enough to it now that I can easily visit to check things out, which is a significant advantage in itself. But, at this point in my life, I could live pretty much anywhere in the world where a) !important I can take my dog along and b) there's fast, fairly reliable, and not horribly expensive internet access. For personal reasons I would favor a location on the west coast of North America, but I'm very much open to all possibilities.
I'm thinking there must be other places with a similar or somehow equivalent palette of sailing opportunities that score higher on the cost-of-living/availability-of-cheap-sailing curve. Are there? If they exist, where are they?