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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.   
Aug 25, 2013 6:26AM
Love reading stuff from real boaters , it is all about how they make you feel , not what they are or your hot shot address . It is o k with me if you buy a boat and not a house , How bout them apples Mr. or Mrs. real  estate editor .
Aug 25, 2013 6:24AM
Benton County?  What about Lake of the Ozark, MO?  1,150 miles of shoreline, 180 mph speed boat racing, over 500 amateur and pro bass fishing tournaments each year (Bass Bash alone had over 1,500 anglers), sailboating, water-skiing, yachts, cruisers.  More than 3 million people visit annually.  Also home of PARTY COVE - a rowdy gathering spot that a travel writer for the New York Times called "Oldest established floating bacchanal in the country".  I attracts up to 3,000 boats in the 4th of July weekend.  Thousands of private docks.  And no mention in this article... AMAZING!!
Aug 25, 2013 6:23AM
Half of these places you can only boat in the summer so how does that make them the best?
Aug 25, 2013 6:05AM
Really??? the only mention of the Great Lakes is an inland county in Michigan?  Yet ALL of Seattle of mentioned?  Apprently this wasn't written by someone that boats.  How about Lake St. Clare or Bay City?  Mackinaw anyone?  Pictured Rocks and Traverse City?  Geez.
Aug 25, 2013 6:03AM
Cape Coral, Florida was built with hundreds of canals which take you to the Caloosahatchee River and then the Gulf of Mexico. People from all over the country who are into boating move there every year. Surprised it wasn't on the list especially since in this area you can boat all year round, unlike some of the locales mentioned in this article.
Aug 25, 2013 5:50AM
again an "article" written by someone that doesn't have a clue.  It would appear that the "writer" threw a dart at the map and included that area.  How about Marietta, Ohio.   A charming town at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskinghum Rivers.  Home of the annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival (first one held in September, 1976), the annual RiverFront Roar (boat races with entrants from all over the country ) which showcases high speed boat racers and crews, a stop on the tour for the Mississippi and American Queens sternwheelers as well as formerly of the Delta Queen.  And so much more.  But, in the words of John Belushi, NOOOOOOO, you'd rather pick towns that have ice on their lakes and rivers than to really take the time and look at the cities, towns, and villages that truly are befitting of the best places for boat owners to live.  Writer, you did nothing short of looking at brochures and copying their words....
Aug 25, 2013 5:42AM
The west side of the Door County peninsula on the Bay of Green Bay in Wisconsin is some of the most beautiful boating in the country.  How did the author miss this one?
Aug 25, 2013 5:20AM
Maybe... this article should have been written by a boater rather then a real estate agent.
Aug 25, 2013 4:24AM
Destin is beautiful too but not as large an area
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