Land Locked - Establishing a Home Port
A good place to start from?
Being land locked in Denver Colorado, we are fortunate to have some excellent in-land sailing resources, though seasonal. Resources meaning sailors and divers, sailing and diving schools, a few respectable size lakes, sailboat dealers, boats of adequate size, racing events, HAM radio clubs, and the like.
Eventually I must and will venture to an area offering open ocean opportunities. I am deciding on that location. Likely there will be travel from here to that location many times.
I just started studying this and looking at the maps, land and air travel to and from, times, distances, and costs. I think we will have to figure that out ourselves.
The closest and fair weather choices are The Gulf of Mexico, The US Pacific Coast, and possibly The Gulf of California or Sea of Cortés. What are the pros and cons of one over the other?
The weather, marinas, other sailors and cruisers, cost of living, taxes, popularity, marine services and dealers, hazards (seasonal weather patterns, tides, currents, draft, sand bars, whatever is important to be aware of), etc.?
Given the areas, it looks like Southern California, Texas or Mexico. That includes a lot of area. I am not limiting myself to only those, just trying to narrow the selection.
A larger consideration is which side of North America, East or West - Atlantic or Pacific.
I read (on this site) that California boat taxes are expensive and minimal or non-existant else where.
Mexico, a foreign country, opens up a whole new set of questions, concerns and opportunities.
We need to crawl before we run, gaining open ocean experiance and confidence. If the early experiances are extremely difficult, and very unpleasant, it maybe disappointing and alter our desire to pursue the dream.
I know, as usual, lots of questions!
That is my job right now; plan ahead, get educated. It is a big decision, but a step we must take to progress.
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EDITED TO ADD:
The joke about, "You Can't Get There From Here", has a real side and applies to us. We have to go else where, to make it happen.