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Old 01-02-2019, 09:28 PM
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We currently live in Connecticut, keep our Mainship 30 pilot II in Westerly, RI in a perfect place located 2 miles up a fresh water river so a nice low salinity flush is there every trip home.
We have had enough of taxation, crooked politicians, and Winters.
We have been considering North Carolina as a possible new home within 30-45 minutes from the coast with similar homeport situation as we have now.
Another concern is that when the threat of hurricanes come up do the marinas down there haul and put the boats up on blocks or simply say you are on your own?
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Old 01-02-2019, 11:34 PM
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I'm not sure what the taxation status is in NC, but there is no personal Income Tax in Florida, Texas, etc. look it up. Although milder, NC still has some degree of Winter. Crooked politicians? They exist everywhere. NC gets nailed with more than it's fair share of hurricanes. I would think that hauling and blocking is something done on a pay as you go basis at any marina. I keep my boat in an inside rack storage marina. So far, so good. But the right storm at the wrong place, I'm sure the entire storage barn would be gone. My $.02 worth is for you to rent for awhile in the winter months and see what seems to work best. Personally, I would not live in a State where I never worked but have to pay them Income Tax on my retirement. Good luck, do your research.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:39 AM
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I grew up in Fairfield county CT, and we always vacationed in Topsail Beach. We love the Wilmington and Raleigh areas, there is enough of a city and melting pot of cultures because of the colleges and jobs around that neither are too “southern”, but they are much more laid back than the north. Everyone is grumpy up north, it’s stupid expensive and cold. I always noticed up north you stop for gas or food and it was “give me your money and get out”, and as you go further south it was “hi y’all how’s your drive going?” For boating I would look anywhere near Wilmington, but Raleigh is only 2 hours away from the coast as well. Outer banks like Nags Head is too seasonal, and inland of OBX can get pretty rough around Elizabeth City. New Bern can be beautiful in areas but also a little rough. Other areas within 30 minutes of water have nothing around. Jacksonville is very military, it’s just hair cuts and strip clubs. Wilmington/Hampstead/Holly Ridge/Snead’s Ferry are all very nice.
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:22 AM
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Check out New Bern, NC. Might meet you fresh water needs fairly well. Old town, historic. Touristy but heavy boating culture. I think 1.5hrs to Raleigh, could be less with newer by-passes. Haven't lived in NC since 2012 and by-passes on HWY 70 seemed to be going in.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:12 AM
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I would also suggest the New Bern area for your needs. With that boat I'd think you're a cruiser and not a fisherman. Lot's of sailor's in New Bern and the Pamlico sound is great for that. In the Wilmington area you're limited to the ICW or the Cape Fear river. New Bern was also ground zero for hurricane Florence a few months back and there maybe some good bargains to be had.
PS: If you do relocate, don't tell them how you did things up north and you'll get along fine.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:19 AM
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My parents had a house in WIlmington NC for about 10 years- they loved the area. Spent a few months there each year. Sold the house to look further South and warmer winters though.

My in-laws relocated from NJ to Southport NC about 10 years ago and they love it.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:20 AM
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We have had enough of taxation, crooked politicians, and Winters.
I'm sure that heading south can help with the last on your list but I have no idea where you might go to eliminate the first two.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:28 AM
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If you like a slower pace and less congestion/people, you may want to check out Bath NC and Belhaven NC. Both have brackish water with low salinity and are convenient to the ICW for easy boat travel. Belhaven has a couple marinas that put boats on blocks for storms.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:34 AM
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I grew up in the area you're talking about. Check out everywhere from Brunswick County north to Morehead City. They're all nice areas. Southport, Wilmington, and Morehead are my favorite.

New Bern can be nice to but can get a little sketchy in parts. Jax is a nonstarter for me. Unkess you have a thing for pawn shops and strip clubs.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:18 AM
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We moved from Farmington, CT to Wilmington, NC 12 years ago. We love the area and have only one regret. Cruising here is limited to a few nice destinations and getting to them involves long and boring rides on the Intracoastal. I doubt you'll find better cruising anywhere on the Southeast Coast than you had in Westerly.
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We live in Morehead City and like it. We do have winter but nothing like yo're used to. I've had a home on a protected deep salt water creek for 35 years and we have always left our boats in the water for every storm and have never had any damage. But a lot of people haul their boats during hurricanes.
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:38 AM
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Sorry, we are full.

Full of taxes
Full of crooked politicians
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:12 AM
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I can't help with your questions, but if you do move please remember why you left, and take those thoughts when you go to the polling place.
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Lots to do between RI/Block/LI sound. Could go to a new place every weekend if you wanted.

I dont get that impression down NC
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Two words....Myrtle Beach. That is the only place you should consider.
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If you are looking for what you have up there down here, you are not going to find it.

That is why we are down here and not up there
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Originally Posted by Miss Sadie View Post
We moved from Farmington, CT to Wilmington, NC 12 years ago. We love the area and have only one regret. Cruising here is limited to a few nice destinations and getting to them involves long and boring rides on the Intracoastal. I doubt you'll find better cruising anywhere on the Southeast Coast than you had in Westerly.
Agree. The RI/MA coastline is incredible for boating and fishing, you will not find the same here in NC. If you move to NC you will miss all of the Bays, Salt Ponds, Rivers, and character of New England's coastline. That being said the advantages far out weigh the negatives IMO. Welcome to NC should the Op decide to make the move.
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It's crazy to me how people blindly pick a spot to move. A message board can't even scratch the surface of the pros and cons.

My little bit of advice is to be very careful from New Bern to Wilmington. This area received 30 inches of blowing rain for 3+ days during Florence. Many of the damaged houses haven't been repaired yet as contractors just don't have time. Be very very careful of a deal.
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Originally Posted by goheelzfan View Post
It's crazy to me how people blindly pick a spot to move. A message board can't even scratch the surface of the pros and cons.

My little bit of advice is to be very careful from New Bern to Wilmington. This area received 30 inches of blowing rain for 3+ days during Florence. Many of the damaged houses haven't been repaired yet as contractors just don't have time. Be very very careful of a deal.
Not quite as crazy as you'd think. How should people pick a spot to move? The truth is, I haven't seen a really efficient way of picking a place. Lots of people live where they live because they grew up there, and are a little scared to move anywhere else. Others will move because of a job or a girlfriend/boyfriend. None of these result in an overly scientific process for possible

I met my wife through work - I worked just outside of Boston and she worked near Buffalo, NY, but the same company. We met, got serious, and were doing the long distance thing. She was looking for a job change and applied for one at a place near her home. We had talked about moving but weren't quite there yet. The position wasn't a fit, but they liked her and told her about an opening they had in their headquarters in Indiana. We talked, and I started looking at open positions in Indiana at that company. We both got offers, and we moved to Indiana, stayed there for 2 years, got married, and then moved back to the Boston area, as jobs in our fields were far more prevalent in Boston than Buffalo, and it made sense to be near at least one family. Neither move had an overly scientific thought process. We moved to Indiana because there happened to be a job opening there from a company she had applied to because she didn't like her current boss. It's not like we compiled a list of possible states and factored in a bunch of criteria and came up with Indiana! I would argue that a lot of people's moves are based on something other than a well thought out scientific evaluation of all possible locations.

Fast forward to today. Late forties, plan to retire in nine years, so we're beginning the search for a retirement home now. I may or may not find what I'm looking for, so most characteristics aren't showstoppers - if something hits most of what we're looking for we'll consider it. You cannot visit every possible place, so you need to start narrowing things down. We want coastal, which eliminates any inside states without salt water. We have no interest in living on the left coast, and have spent time in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida, and no places there interest us, although Galveston and Austin did warrant a second look. That leaves me with the East coast, still too big to visit every possible state, so we further refined it. I'm sick of cold,harsh winters, so we crossed off anything north of the DC area. Even then, DC still has winter, just not as bad. They also have some unholy traffic down there which I've experienced first hand. Not wanting Florida, the concept of halfbacks was interesting - people who moved down to Florida, then decided to move halfway back. So that let us focus more on North Carolina, South Carolina, and possibly Georgia. On paper, North Carolina looks to be slightly less "southern", so it might be a good spot to start looking more in depth. Then I go on THT (a good source for just about anything under the sun) and start lurking on the Carolinas sub forum. After a bit of time reading, I finally post a question asking about a couple of spots in coastal NC.

To the casual observer, it may look like some northern bozo just blindly decided one day he's going to move to rural eastern NC, but in reality, there was a bit more analysis

Now paper only gets you so far. Once I have a few spots lined up, I'll fly down for a few days and hang out to get a feel for the area. If all goes well, and any of the lots that looked good on paper also look ok in person, we'll try renting a place for a week and see how that goes. If it still looks ok, then we'll plunk some money down on a lot of land, with plans to build when the retirement date gets closer. We'd prefer land over a pre-existing house as being an absentee landlord over a long distance is something I do not wish to do again. If we change our minds, we sell the land. If anything turns us off from the area, we'll adjust and start looking in another area, even if it's in another state. Same thing - narrow choices down on paper, but then go see them in person. A message board is a great place to start. A real estate person will give his or her opinion, but a board like this lets us see views from a hundred responders rather than one. It's not like I'm going to buy property sight unseen.

So while it may look like blindly picking a spot to move, it may have actually been a better thought-out process then moving because a specific job opening was there.
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I vote Morehead City/ Beaufort area.

I have a place on Bogue Banks and am down there quite a bit. If I had my druthers, I would be off the island and on the mainland, but the wife likes to walk on the beach. I like that there is easy access to Beaufort Inlet, and plenty of areas to fish within an hour drive if you're into that. The area has most of the creature comforts that you would be accustomed to as far as grocery stores, retail establishments, restaurants etc. There is a hospital; I'm not sure of its reputation, but I haven't hear many complaints, and you're 2-3 hours from the Raleigh/ Durham area which has Duke hospital among others.

Hope this helps!
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