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Apr 23, 2014 7:38PM
NorCal Shasta, Trinity( Claire Engel), and Whiskeytown lakes should be on this list.
Apr 23, 2014 7:30PM
My favorite has always been Puget Sound. Year around this salt water sound is the greatest.
Apr 23, 2014 4:16PM
How could any location where the H2O becomes a solid be considered as a "Best Place for Boat Owners to Live"  So I guess that Barbados is the "Best place for a snow skier to live"  I believe the author lives in the great state of Colorado and has taken full advantage of the newly passed legislation.   
Apr 23, 2014 1:29PM
It's all opinion based, folks. Don't get so offended if your favorite spot isn't mentioned.
Apr 23, 2014 1:08PM
any where on the keys.....fm Key Largo to Key West...
Apr 23, 2014 12:30PM
Did the person who wrote this article forget about the many cities that border 5 Great Lakes?  I know that some people are forgetful but how do you miss the 5 largest bodies of fresh water in the world when you are writing an article about good places to live for boating enthusiast?
Apr 23, 2014 12:29PM
So of the thousands of places available MSN thinks upstate New York, northern Michigan, and Minnesota are good choices for boaters to live and play? Those areas would be fine if you consider boating to be an 8 week per year activity. But all the boaters I know like to do a little more boating than that! If you are stuck in upstate NY and you happen to own a boat, the finger lakes are a nice spot for freezing cold water, but they are no place for a serious boater to think about when relocating. Please re-think this article.
Apr 23, 2014 12:07PM
I'm a little surprised Lake Havasu (Colorado River), wasn't on the list. Year round boating, one of the biggest Spring Break destination in the West.  Plenty of vacation rental homes that accomodate large groups & large "go fast" boats.  Also, one of the best Smallmouth  Bass fisheries in the U.S.  Just sayin'
Apr 23, 2014 12:01PM

Ok, so there are thousands of places that would qualify.  The list picks 10.  No reason to get all worked up about the one out of a thousand that was missed.


Also FYI:  Just because you COULD boat 12 months of the year in So Cal and Fla doesn't mean people actually do.  They store their boats during the winter months the same as we do up north, because they're wussies!

Jan 26, 2014 10:07AM
west coast of Florida seems to be a fun spot for boating. I repair boats and usually keep busy. I live here year round. Its been a fun place for me. Especially when spring time comes and the Yankees go back. Although we need the tourism and appreciate the money. the traffic gets to be a bit much. its also nice that u don,t have to go to Mexico because they moved here. They come here in high cube vans from Texas. Home land security is doing a great job with that. lol
Aug 26, 2013 2:54AM
Pegasus let scott know there is an awesome bike path along lake Michigan between Petosky and Charlevoix on the bay , he can use it to help with the next pair of shoes ,
Aug 25, 2013 2:48PM
What about Annapolis, Maryland?  It's only where the Naval Academy is located...
Aug 25, 2013 9:58AM
No mention made of Marina del Rey, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles, which offers numerous boat docking and repair facilities, condos, apartments, luxury homes and 5-Star hotels. Shopping and all types of restaurants. A city within a city which offers every possible amenity for the yachtsmen and the onlookers. 
Aug 25, 2013 8:56AM
Lake Cumberland KY 110 miles long deep lake  House boat capital of the world.
Aug 25, 2013 8:27AM

Has this writer never heard of Orange Beach, Al.?  By far better than most on this list.

Aug 25, 2013 8:24AM
Scot Meyer

Scot Meyer writes about the convergence of culture, commerce and geography.

An intrepid traveler -- frequently biking and hiking his way around -- Scot has a keen eye for detail. His stories are laced with historical tidbits, musical references and the offbeat.

Scot frequently writes for The New York Times and Time Out New York, among others. This is what I found about the author when I googled him. He travels by bike or foot and writes stories. So what made him think he could judge a good place to own a boat?! Well, I guess it paid for a pair of shoes..............................

Aug 25, 2013 7:03AM
Seward, Alaska! Whales, otters, eagles and tons of other wildlife, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, world class fishing for salmon, halibut and other species, and a laid-back atmosphere. Best of all, it almost never makes lists like this, which means lots of fish, anchorages where you're the only boat, and plenty of places where you can have the water to yourself! The season may be short, but man, is it sweet!
Aug 25, 2013 6:52AM

The two happiest days of my life were.

   The day I purchased a boat and the day I was finally able to sell the damn thing. 

   The best definition of a boat is" A hole in the water that you throw money into".

Aug 25, 2013 6:52AM
It seems to me other than San Diego and places in Florida, the others lack the climate to invest into a boat.    A kayak maybe.   Seattle yes is right on the water and it rains 8 - 9 months out of the year so having an investment into any boat of any size is not worth the investment.  Good luck taking your boat to Alaska.   
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