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View Poll Results: Best state for boating and sailing???
Alaska 0 0%
Florida 11 28.95%
Louisiana 1 2.63%
Maine 0 0%
California 3 7.89%
North Carolina 1 2.63%
Texas 0 0%
Virginia 4 10.53%
Michigan 4 10.53%
Maryland 1 2.63%
Washington 2 5.26%
South Carolina 1 2.63%
New York 0 0%
Georgia 0 0%
New Jersey 1 2.63%
Massachusetts 1 2.63%
Oregon 0 0%
Hawaii 0 0%
Wisconsin 2 5.26%
Connecticut 0 0%
Alabama 0 0%
Rhode Island 1 2.63%
Delaware 0 0%
Mississippi 0 0%
Ohio 1 2.63%
Minnesota 2 5.26%
Pennsylvania 2 5.26%
New Hampshire 0 0%
Illinois 0 0%
Indiana 0 0%
Other 0 0%
I wouldn't know 0 0%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

Old 05-28-2014, 05:21 PM
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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I'm curious about the thoughts of the avid boaters and sailors out there...which state would you say has the best boating and sailing? Some "obvious" places like Maine might come to mind, but weather and snow no doubt impact your ability to do year-round boating there, whereas a state like Texas, although less grand, is more accessible year round.

Putting it another way...if you had to spend the rest of your life boating and/or sailing in just one state, which state would it be?
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:33 PM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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FLORIDA without a doubt for first place.

Lots of water and nice warm weather to boot.

Michigan would be a good choice too, although she lacks Florida's warmer climate.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:03 PM
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Florida. Year round and and it has a large coastline on the Atlantic and Gulf.

MD and VA aren't bad either as they share the Chesapeake bay which is very popular for boating as it has many coves and rivers flowing into it. Boating is actually a way of life for many here.

NC has a large beautiful coastline as well but has many shallow areas as the shoals and channels are constantly shifting and even experienced local boaters are likely to run aground at some point. The inlets as well can get right dangerous.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:11 PM
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Florida by far!!
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:18 AM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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New York is a good state for sailing. Mainly for diversity of waters; The Sound, the open Ocean, lower Hudson, New York Harbor, and of course Lake Ontario.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:19 AM
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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The state with the most boat registrations is Florida, followed by Michigan in the number 2 spot. I think that supports Florida and Michigan being the among the best states to own a boat. The geography of both states clearly makes boating a good thing to do in those places, both surrounded by water and having abundant fishing opportunities. Other states that must be good places for boating as well, Louisiana, Wisconsin, New York, Washington, Hawaii and Virginia and North Carolina.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:55 AM
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are about perfect for sailing, due in part to the wind conditions. I've been told that the town of Oriental has more sailboats than residents.

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Old 05-29-2014, 07:00 AM
Location: Cleveland
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Lots of people sail here on Lake Erie. There's lots to do, from regular regattas, to trips to the islands (Put-in-bay - the party island, Kelly's Island - the small town, family-oriented island, and several islands with wineries), going to Cedar Point, Downtown Cleveland, even Canada. Only problem is it can only be used about a third of the year.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:46 AM
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Florida of course. It has every type of boating culture you could ask for. Off-shore, inland waterways, rivers, lakes, etc. Can't beat it.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:47 AM
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Op you should edit the post to take Florida out. I would like to see how the other states rank up next to each other.
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