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Old 12-02-2015, 11:58 AM
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Default So how is the boating season in Seattle area?

I have a recruiter very interested in me taking a job with Amazon up there. Package looks very tempting. But being from SE Florida it is a huge change. Only reason I am considering it is because of the company and that maybe I could retire earlier and come back to FL. Maybe 10yr time frame. I have only been up to Oregon and that looked gray and rainy. I think if I do go there maybe I should sell my boat and get another one later. So what is the good and bad there? Tks
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Bring the boat and go fishin. Get some rain gear to have on hand as weather can be hot and sunny to heavy fog and rain. In past years a 16' open skiff was pretty common. Now days it seems everyone thinks they need a fancy boat and gear to catch a salmon. Learn to use what you have and you will be a better fisherman for it and probably do better than most. Just be prepared for any conditions that may change for the worst. It can get pretty crappy some times with tide changes and wind. Talk to the locals where you plan to launch for information regarding possible hazards or such. Lots of water to cover so be safe and have fun.
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Originally Posted by Pioneer180 View Post
I have a recruiter very interested in me taking a job with Amazon up there. Package looks very tempting. But being from SE Florida it is a huge change. Only reason I am considering it is because of the company and that maybe I could retire earlier and come back to FL. Maybe 10yr time frame. I have only been up to Oregon and that looked gray and rainy. I think if I do go there maybe I should sell my boat and get another one later. So what is the good and bad there? Tks
Boating is year round if you have the right boat.


Even with what Amazon pays, housing is REALLY expensive here. You are looking at spending $400k AT LEAST if you have a family and need your kids in decent schools. If you want to live close, you are probably $650k plus. A 1 bedroom apartment close to Amazon is $1750. Be sure to have a backup plan. There is a lot of truth to the NY Times article on the working conditions at Amazon. You might be out of a job in less than a year if you don't produce and get good ratings by your peers.

The 1/3 acre lot where my work is located just sold for $14,000,000.00. Walking distance to Amazon. Parking is $200 a month in the neighborhood to give you and idea.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:59 PM
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Well, this year was the best weather we have had in a long time. Yes, it does get grey and rainy at times, but it just makes you appreciate the nice days that much more! It really doesn't rain very hard - just lots of days of a slow drizzle. So the rain doesn't slow down the fishing or other outdoor stuff. I fish year round here between the lakes, saltwater, and rivers. There are a lot of places to do in your boat and tons of things to do - if you like the outdoors. Everything from fishing, to snow skiing without an hour of Seattle.

I have been to the Amazon HQ and local offices many times and if you like city dwelling it is a fantastic location and offices. If you don't like the city - it will suck for you. Of course you can live in the suburbs and work in the city but the commute is really tough.

While it is not as warn as Florida, at least it isn't nearly as humid. Much more livable in the summer, but a bit colder and damp in the winter.

The best things about Seattle is there is so much to do - from great restaurants, to ballet, etc. But outdoor activities and extremely varied and abundant.
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Thanks all for the replies.

Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
Boating is year round if you have the right boat.


.. There is a lot of truth to the NY Times article on the working conditions at Amazon. ...
Thanks for that tip. Very interesting & eye opening article. I was 21yrs with a company that had small and big layoffs twice a year (mostly small). Funny thing I got hit when they were doing good rather than bad. It is a different world now.
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
Boating is year round if you have the right boat.


Even with what Amazon pays, housing is REALLY expensive here. You are looking at spending $400k AT LEAST if you have a family and need your kids in decent schools. If you want to live close, you are probably $650k plus. A 1 bedroom apartment close to Amazon is $1750. Be sure to have a backup plan. There is a lot of truth to the NY Times article on the working conditions at Amazon. You might be out of a job in less than a year if you don't produce and get good ratings by your peers.

The 1/3 acre lot where my work is located just sold for $14,000,000.00. Walking distance to Amazon. Parking is $200 a month in the neighborhood to give you and idea.
I'm sure the OP has done the salary and real estate comps already. He was only looking for boating info. Not trying to be rude Badger but there's massive differences between entry level programming salary packages to multi level sales managers to upper level team stuff to niche high salary quants. How can we speculate on that?
To your question OP, i can't help you. Lol. I live in the Northeast. I'm just being nosy. hehe
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Ja! Yes I am doing my homework. Yes homes are a lot more expensive there. If I move I want the cheapest home I could find (at least with space to store boat!) close to decent schools and hopefully no more than 45min away. I am looking for the frugal live to save the most I can to retire earlier. I am not young and still have a 10yr old daughter so I have long way to go. I love my boat and is paid off so I would love t be able to keep it and use it there enough that I do not have to worry about fuel issues. But I know it may not happen. At least I know that if I am lucky to have the chance to take the move there is plenty of water there to explore. I will know more next week.
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The more info the better. I fully know what an Amazon software engineer makes. Just go into eyes wide open. 45 minutes can turn into 2 hours with traffic. Traffic has gone up exponentially in the last 3-5 years.

It is a great place to live. It is a great place to boat. If you want honest local info I am willing to help.

I grew up in Connecticut. I know what expensive is. Housing is as expensive here, with lower property taxes. You pay for it in sales taxes though.

Most of the schools are good. South Seattle areas are not the most desirable north of I90 usually is better schools. I live in Redmond and commute to South Lake Union. It is 30 minutes. Most cities and HOAs don't allow boats that sit over 8' tall on a trailer.

Rents have gone up considerably as well.
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.. Most cities and HOAs don't allow boats that sit over 8' tall on a trailer.
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That is a bummer. If I can't keep the boat at my home that would be a big negative for me.
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That is a bummer. If I can't keep the boat at my home that would be a big negative for me.
Just check into first, some do some don't. Most have some sort of restrictions, I know Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Kenmore, Bothell do. HOAs can be more restrictive

If you need help researching let me know. Also if you want info on traffic patterns. Some places look close, but traffic can be a bear.
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Just check into first, some do some don't. Most have some sort of restrictions, I know Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Kenmore, Bothell do. HOAs can be more restrictive

If you need help researching let me know. Also if you want info on traffic patterns. Some places look close, but traffic can be a bear.
Thanks. Will keep it in mind
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:27 AM
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Can't imagine living here without owning a boat, especially if you have one now. Keep the boat. A wonderful place to boat. I live in Mill Creek and work in Redmond. Keep the boat at Port of Everett. Works well for me. I prefer living North of Seattle and Bellevue but within commuting distance of both.
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Can't imagine living here without owning a boat, especially if you have one now. Keep the boat. A wonderful place to boat. ...
Even a CC? Funny I looked at google maps aerial pictures of Marinas and couldn't find a CC. Looked at Craiglist and in first 5 pages I think I saw one or two.
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I had an 18 Grady White and had lots of fun. For most a cc is a second boat. You won't find any boats that small moored. It would be just for day boating. A 22 to 24 foot cuddy with hardtop is a nice size Puget Sound boat IMO. If your boat can't be kept at your house that size boat would be a candidate for indoor rack storage.
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As long as you like rain, it is good.
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what Jim said, cold and rain...

Might look into living in west Seattle, I have no HOA in the section I'm in. Boat ramp to the puget sound is down on Alki beach(5-10min drive for me). 15 minutes to downtown (with no traffic).

30 mins to the launch in south lake washington, 45ish to the north lake washington ramp.
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Here is Seattle's zoning on boats
Trailers, boats, recreational vehicles and similar equipment shall not be parked in required front and side yards or the first 10 feet of a rear yard measured from the rear lot line.

I take that to mean it is ok in your Driveway and barely OK in your backyard..
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Here is Kirkland's- Get your lawyer hat on 115.150 Vehicles, Boats and Trailers – Size in Residential Zones LimitedShare

1. General – Except as specified below, it is a violation of this code to park or store any vehicle, boat or trailer on any lot in a residential zone if that vehicle, boat or trailer, or any combination thereof, is both more than nine (9) feet in height and 22 feet in length, including bumpers and any other elements that are required by federal or state law for the operation of the vehicle, boat or trailer on public roads or waterways.

Except within the disapproval jurisdiction of the Houghton Community Council, any boat that is 16 feet or longer and has a gunwale which is at least five (5) feet from the ground when the boat is sitting on a boat trailer shall not be parked or stored in a required front yard.

2. Exceptions

a. A vehicle, boat or trailer of any size may be parked on any lot in the City for not more than 24 hours in any consecutive 7-day period for the exclusive purpose of loading or unloading the vehicle, boat or trailer. Within the disapproval jurisdiction of the Houghton Community Council, the time limitation shall be not more than 48 hours in any consecutive 7-day period.

b. A vehicle, boat or trailer of any size may be parked and stored on any lot in the City if it is parked in a legally constructed fully enclosed garage meeting all regulations for that zone.

c. An oversized vehicle, boat or trailer may be parked on a lot in an RSA or RMA zone containing an existing residence if all of the following are met:

1) Within six (6) months of the effective date of annexation, the owner registers the oversized vehicle, boat or trailer parked on his/her property with the City’s Planning and Building Department. The owner shall provide the City with a copy of the state vehicle registration license showing that the person obtaining the registration is the owner of the vehicle, boat or trailer and that the address on the vehicle license is the same as the address where the vehicle, boat or trailer is parked;

2) The owner of the vehicle, boat or trailer resides on the lot that contains the vehicle;

3) Within one (1) year of the effective date of annexation, a registered vehicle, boat or trailer under subsection (2)(c)(1) of this section may be replaced with another vehicle, boat or trailer of the same type and no greater dimensions; provided, that the requirements of subsection (2)(c)(1) of this section are met for the replacement vehicle and the replaced vehicle, boat or trailer has been removed from the property;

4) The exception runs with the registered vehicle, boat or trailer parked on a specific lot at the time of annexation and to the owner of the vehicle, boat or trailer who resides on the specific property at the time of annexation.

d. The City may, using Process I, described in Chapter 145 KZC, approve a request to park or store a vehicle, boat or trailer of any size on a lot in a residential zone if:

1) The parking or storage of the vehicle, boat or trailer will not be detrimental to the character of the neighborhood; and

2) The property abutting the subject property will not be impacted by the parking or storage; and

3) The placement of the vehicle, boat or trailer will not create a potential fire hazard; and

4) The parking or storage is clearly accessory to a residential use on the subject property and the vehicle, boat or trailer is operated by a resident of the subject property.

The City may impose screening requirements, limit the hours of operation of the vehicle, boat or trailer, and impose other restrictions to eliminate adverse impacts of the parking or storage.

(Ord. 4491 § 3, 2015; Ord. 4372 § 1, 2012; Ord. 4196 § 1, 2009; Ord. 4121 § 1, 2008)
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