Boat Town Winners

10 Best places for boatowners to live
boating sunset

If you’re a boating enthusiast, you’ve probably dreamed of owning property on the water — whether your vessel of choice is a deep-draft sailboat, bass boat or kayak. Real-estate agents say some people simply buy some waterfront land, put in a septic system and a well, and camp out on their boat. At the other end of the spectrum are multimillion-dollar homes with private docks.

Whatever option you prefer — or can afford — here are 10 boating paradises (yes, Seattle is on the list) from around the country that are worth considering. Each has good access to the water, local boating amenities and a variety of real-estate options.

Not In Any Particular Order:

1. Fingerlakes New York

2. Seattle, WA

With a mild climate and sheltered expanses of freshwater and saltwater, Seattle is a boater’s nirvana. Real-estate agent Joe Marvin, who lives on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound area, says boaters can cruise up the coast to Canada and even Alaska, with plenty of interesting ports to visit along the way.

Seattle’s Lake Union, located in the city limits, is home to numerous marinas and a large houseboat and floating-home community. Seaplanes regularly take off and land at the lake, which also hosts competitive rowing.

3. Benton County, AK

4. Fort Lauderdale, FL

5. Knoxville, Tenn

6. Otter Tail County, Minn

7. Morehead City, N.C

8. Roscommon County, Mich

9. San Diego, CA

10. Key West, FL

by Scot Meyer of SwitchYard media

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