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Old 03-15-2019, 01:38 AM
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My predicament is as follows. I currently live overseas and have a distributor distributing my product across the US. I am considering moving my family to the US and running the business myself. I can be based pretty much anywhere, but it would make sense to be in reasonable proximity to a well-used port as the products arrive in containers. Of course, I want to base myself near enough to the ocean as I am into offshore fishing. I am not a fan of searing heat and humidity, which is why I would probably rule Florida out of the equation. I am not sure how far North I can go to escape the heat before the fishing prospects begin to dwindle, perhaps NC? If you could be based anywhere in the US with a firm eye on offshore fishing, what town / city / area would you look at? Thanks for any pointers.
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My predicament is as follows. I currently live overseas and have a distributor distributing my product across the US. I am considering moving my family to the US and running the business myself. I can be based pretty much anywhere, but it would make sense to be in reasonable proximity to a well-used port as the products arrive in containers. Of course, I want to base myself near enough to the ocean as I am into offshore fishing. I am not a fan of searing heat and humidity, which is why I would probably rule Florida out of the equation. I am not sure how far North I can go to escape the heat before the fishing prospects begin to dwindle, perhaps NC? If you could be based anywhere in the US with a firm eye on offshore fishing, what town / city / area would you look at? Thanks for any pointers.

For East coast I would choose either Baltimore MD. or Norfolk VA. for the cool weather, large port of Norfolk, and can also fish the Chesapeake bay.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:23 AM
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My predicament is as follows. I currently live overseas and have a distributor distributing my product across the US. I am considering moving my family to the US and running the business myself. I can be based pretty much anywhere, but it would make sense to be in reasonable proximity to a well-used port as the products arrive in containers. Of course, I want to base myself near enough to the ocean as I am into offshore fishing. I am not a fan of searing heat and humidity, which is why I would probably rule Florida out of the equation. I am not sure how far North I can go to escape the heat before the fishing prospects begin to dwindle, perhaps NC? If you could be based anywhere in the US with a firm eye on offshore fishing, what town / city / area would you look at? Thanks for any pointers.

For East coast I would choose either Baltimore MD. or Norfolk VA. for the cool weather, large port of Norfolk, and can also fish the Chesapeake bay.

Also in Norfolk area you can fish NC outer Banks, outstanding offshore fishing.
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Tidewater area ( Norfolk,Virginia Beach etc. ) but be mindful it can get cold in winter there.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:11 AM
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Why not Morehead City and utilize the NC Port for shipping etc.? Excellent fishing offshore, temperatures are a toss up depending on the month, week, day, hell even the hour it seems lately LOL
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Some where near Wilmington is you're only option in NC. I have never seen a container ship in Morehead City
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:20 AM
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Wilmington, NC
Charleston or Georgetown, SC
Savannah, GA is one of my favorite towns but slightly warmer than Wilmington.
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Why not Morehead City and utilize the NC Port for shipping etc.? Excellent fishing offshore, temperatures are a toss up depending on the month, week, day, hell even the hour it seems lately LOL
I believe he said "containers". Wilmington is the container port. I'm not sure Morehead can even offload a container. Regardless, it would be cost prohibitive to make that stop for just his business...unless he's importing Heineken.
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Sounds like a distributor who has built the business is about get the shaft....never fails!
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Lou Gill View Post
Sounds like a distributor who has built the business is about get the shaft....never fails!
Whoa! No need to be an ass. That's making a lot of assumptions, isn't it?

Some distributors do only that - distribute product based upon orders submitted. I operate a business and have done so for 25 years, begun while I was still working full time in the petrochemical industry. I have done all of the sales and marketing myself, and a couple of years in, when my fledgeling business got bigger, I had a distributor pack and ship some of my more "commodity" products for me. Now that I have retired, I do it all. My former distributor is fine doing the same for many other companies.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:13 AM
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Wilmington NC, Baltimore Marylnad, Norfolk VA.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:33 AM
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Good recommendations from many so far. The real question is how far do you consider too far to drive to get to the coast? Not sure of the overall logistics needs of your business, but generally speaking real estate near the coast used for distribution is expensive. There are some exceptions of course, and that will greatly depend on the scale of your business. One thing you may want to consider is the many smaller towns along the I95 corridor. The thing that this accomplishes is it enables you to efficiently utilize more than one port. Depending on where your product is coming from, freight cost/availability can change fairly frequently. Also the real estate cost is relatively inexpensive, and access to secondary distribution channels (parcel carriers such as UPS/FedEx and trucking) is really good from a outboard freight rate structure standpoint. For instance if you were to locate somewhere such as Florence SC, you can easily pull container freight from 4 different ports, those being Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville.

From a coastal access standpoint, you are still pretty close in most cases by car. The section through northern SC through southern VA gets a bit further away from the coast, but is still under 2 hours in most cases. Other places are much shorter than that.

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Old 03-15-2019, 06:09 AM
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If you are more Liberal, Long Island NY, NJ, Maryland are great places to fish. If not, Wilmington NC, Little River SC. Good luck.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:13 AM
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NC native here - hot as hades and plenty humid here in the summer. Good luck in your search.
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Va Beach, 20 min from the Port, 90 minutes to OBX. Good fishing inshore and offshore. Incredible amount of support facilities related to the port, so those logistics are easily covered.
if itís all about offshore fishing, Manteo. Still less than 2 hrs to port of Hampton Roads
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Va Beach, 20 min from the Port, 90 minutes to OBX. Good fishing inshore and offshore. Incredible amount of support facilities related to the port, so those logistics are easily covered.
if itís all about offshore fishing, Manteo. Still less than 2 hrs to port of Hampton Roads
Norfolk is an hour from the outer banks of NC one of the larger ports.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:20 AM
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I say Florida.
NC has been mentioned but the run to good water is LOOOONG. Just as hot as Florida when fishing season is in. In Florida You have more options species wise and not a 70 mile run .
sure itís hot in Florida but Youíre back home in ac quicker than Nc. Also there is winter fishing there.

The last few years the weather change has caused more choppy days than fishable days in NC. Not to mention bad water from crazy hurricane spawned flooding.

october was once great in NC. We had a distinct cold snap first of October that was once predictable. Baitfish everywhere, it was great. Those days are gone. Also many fisheries in NC have been raped beyond recognition of how they were in years past.

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Old 03-15-2019, 11:28 AM
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lived here in the eastern part of NC for most of my 72 years and if you are in to offshore fishing then you better have a big boat. There is a reason that the Wright Bros chose eastern NC to fly a plane and its due to the freeking constant winds not to mention the annual hurricane that visits this area most every year. Plenty of heat and humidity just not as long as Florida's summer. But at least in Florida you do get beautiful weather for about 6 to 7 months out of the year and offshore fishing will not take 2 to 3 hrs running time and can fish offshore 12 months out of the year. There are reasons that boaters and fishermen are fleeing to Florida and never hear of many fleeing to NC, SC Va or Georgia. Driving is a pain in the butt though due to so many people wanting to live in that State.
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Originally Posted by Tossedabout View Post
I say Florida.
NC has been mentioned but the run to good water is LOOOONG. Just as hot as Florida when fishing season is in. In Florida You have more options species wise and not a 70 mile run .
sure itís hot in Florida but Youíre back home in ac quicker than Nc. Also there is winter fishing there.

The last few years the weather change has caused more choppy days than fishable days in NC. Not to mention bad water from crazy hurricane spawned flooding.

october was once great in NC. We had a distinct cold snap first of October that was once predictable. Baitfish everywhere, it was great. Those days are gone. Also many fisheries in NC have been raped beyond recognition of how they were in years past.

Well said...
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My predicament is as follows. I currently live overseas and have a distributor distributing my product across the US. I am considering moving my family to the US and running the business myself. I can be based pretty much anywhere, but it would make sense to be in reasonable proximity to a well-used port as the products arrive in containers. Of course, I want to base myself near enough to the ocean as I am into offshore fishing. I am not a fan of searing heat and humidity, which is why I would probably rule Florida out of the equation. I am not sure how far North I can go to escape the heat before the fishing prospects begin to dwindle, perhaps NC? If you could be based anywhere in the US with a firm eye on offshore fishing, what town / city / area would you look at? Thanks for any pointers.
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