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Old 10-23-2010, 03:42 PM
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Hi everyone. I'm planning to relocate my wood boat shop to the East Coast from the midwest. If it was just me, I could make a decision in about 5 minutes based solely on my work but I want to keep my favorite girl happy too. There are obviously a lot of places to go so I'm hoping you'll offer some suggestions I can follow up on.

There are two parts to my search: 1) Find the place we want to live and 2) Find the place we can do business.

For the first, our wish list includes: a rather small historic harbor town that is actively preserving its history; population between say, 5,000-20,000; within 1 hour or so of a larger city of 50,000 or more; an active downtown area; older neighborhood home opportunities in the $300K range; an active boating and sailing community (including commercial).

Business-wise, one of the things I'm looking for is an opportunity to set up shop in an existing boatyard again. About 6000 sq ft (or more) in or near a boatyard would get me started. I can always go the industrial park route but I'd rather not. I'd also consider partnering with someone already in the business.

If you know a town, a boatyard, a building or some combination of the three you think I should look into, I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks in advance!

John
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Beaufort, NC
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Where exactly in the midwest are you presently located and why do you want to relocate? There are plenty of wood boats operating on the Great Lakes and good repair companies (at least in my area) have no problem staying busy.
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I agree with either Beaufort, Washington, or Bath, NC. They all have a VERY historic feel and are all very boating friendly. There are also smaller boat builders scattered throughout.
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osudaddy:

I grew up here and have had my shop here in Ohio for 28 years. There are a lot of things I like about it but I want to go east. My kids are grown and now's the time to start making it happen.
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Originally Posted by John Riddle View Post
osudaddy:

I grew up here and have had my shop here in Ohio for 28 years. There are a lot of things I like about it but I want to go east. My kids are grown and now's the time to start making it happen.
I understand.

Best of luck with your relocation.
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What kind of wooden boats do you make? Here's a pic of a boat that's made locally that I do the factory service on.
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New England!! If you relocate to the south, you'll be surrounded with southerners. In New England you'll be surrounded by intellectuals. Investigate Niantic, CT, Point Judith, RI, Gloucester, MA etc. Remember who fought for the flag and the union in the Civil War.
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or if you dont want to be around a bunch of stuck up arrogant yankees you could try... Gloucester, Matthews, or Northumberland counties, or the Eastern Shore of Va.
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Originally Posted by plugmeister View Post
New England!! If you relocate to the south, you'll be surrounded with southerners. In New England you'll be surrounded by intellectuals. Investigate Niantic, CT, Point Judith, RI, Gloucester, MA etc. Remember who fought for the flag and the union in the Civil War.
Interesting, do you really think liberal Yankee thinking equals intellectuals? BTW, I lived 50 years in CT, fished out of Pt Judith, Montauk and Clinton CT. My family still has antique guns on display at the Griswold Inn, Essex CT.

I highly doubt that one could afford to start up a boat building business in New England. The costs of labor, rent and taxes are prohibitive.

Being "surrounded with southerners" is a major reason to live here. New England is beautiful and a great place to live if you don't want to get to know you're neighbors.

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Originally Posted by plugmeister View Post
New England!! If you relocate to the south, you'll be surrounded with southerners. In New England you'll be surrounded by intellectuals. Investigate Niantic, CT, Point Judith, RI, Gloucester, MA etc. Remember who fought for the flag and the union in the Civil War.


Too bad it's only 'unions' nowadays.
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Being from New England I have to agree that the costs here would shock you along with the taxes. I'me partial to the Chesapeke Bay area and south. Nice places to live and you have many, many marinas in the area.
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Tarpon Springs, Florida..look into it!
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Sort of figured this would turn into a north/south thing...

I'm from Chicago, born and raised for 21 years, been here in FL for 29 years. Therefore, pick the middle. Kent Narrows, MD.
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Tarpon Springs, Florida..look into it!
Rick, you gotta be greek!!
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Tarpon Springs, Florida..look into it!
Wonder why these guys moved from Florida to Beaufort, NC? http://www.woodenboatrepair.com/
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
Wonder why these guys moved from Florida to Beaufort, NC? http://www.woodenboatrepair.com/
EVERYONE in Florida is moving to North Carolina. Most of us who have been here for more that 40 - 50 years are ready to get out...and the mountains have that effect on us...

I have heard they call us Floridiots up there. We have our own nickname, how cute. As long as we bring our money and our manners, they shouldn't care that we're coming...

I didn't say I was gonna be here when he moved to Tarpon Spgs...
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If it weren't for the frickin morons on the Veterans between Erlich and Waters early in the morn heading into Tampa, I'd be perfectly happy here. 2 1/2 miles N of SR 50, every shopping convenience known to us, Harbor Freight down in NPR, Orlando in an hour and a half, the gulf 15 minutes, even in the summer...

And we don't lock our doors...and no, I don't go down to Tampa except maybe twice a week. Still a PITA to sit through a traffic jam for no reason...
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I like my view better. Plus, it's 10 miles to the first stoplight and I paid less than 100K, taxes about $700, some of the best fishing in the world, shrimp for $2 a lb, etc., etc.. The only bad thing is, no work or very low pay (I'm retired).
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