Fellow Woody Boater Bob Huff sent us this email the other day. Funny thing is that we were writing a similar story, and this is one topic always on our minds. Is there such a place? A perfect place for Woody Boaters to retire? This isnt about living and working, so cost of living, housing, medical facilities, taxes all play a roll in today’s topic. We have talked about this several times. But Bobs gone the extra step and actually on a quest. here is his email. We each have personal parts of our lives that customize our areas. Family, friends are the big ones. Here is the email from Bob.
Hi Matt and Texx
We have talked about this subject before. After many more miles on the road and water I wonder what you now think are the top 10 retirement locations for Woody Boaters. I wonder what other boaters think as well.
We spend the winter in Mt. Dora which you know well and I would say it is a good candidate with warm weather, lots of other Woody Boaters nearby and a great, early boat show. But it rains and the wind blows often, 40mph gusts today, and Lake Dora’s water quality/clarity is poor.
There are many lakes like Lake McDonald in Glacier that are among the most beautiful places on the planet but may be too isolated for comfortable retirement living. Retirees need easy access to bread, milk and doctors, among other things.
We prefer lake based communities like Wolfeboro, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee... beautiful water and landscape and a very nice community… but most of their Woody Boaters are down here in the Winter! Clayton, NY on the St. Lawrence, seems similar to us plus it has the fabulous Antique Boat Museum. Skaneateles, NY has a gorgeous lake and is a nice town.
We’ve also found all of these northern tier locations have very high real estate taxes, particularly, if you actually locate on the water.
We looked at that house next to you in Reedville, VA during the boat show but that August humidity was tough to take. I think we are biased toward fresh water lakes vs. coastal.
I’d love to know more about the rest of the country. I doubt there is any “perfect” location, particularly on a year-round basis when weather is considered. Well, we can’t all live in San Diego!
Sooo, we know you are still just a kid but l’m betting you have thought about this… what have you come up with so far?
Thanks Bob, Being more Southern, we like us some humidity, nothing like a arm summer afternoon cocktail cruise. And in October your still boating.
We also love all the areas you do, and also would add in Lake Tahoe, Idaho, Montana, Georgia Lakes. Lake Rabun, Lake Burton.
Also we love, love anything in Michigan. Torch Lake, Traverse, Hessel, Algonac.. But to retire? Half of Michigan retires in Florida as well. Is it a Summer up North, Winter in the south? What about Minnesota? Gull Lake is one of our top picks for the lifestyle. Also a big consideration is a great active Classic Boat community. But that includes companies that also service that community. Restoration, sales, service. So today post your top ten places. maybe there is a place we dont know about? Need to visit.