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50 Best Yachting Towns

March 21, 2011
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50 Best Yachting Towns

Bellingham, Washington, was named for Sir William Bellingham, the controller of the storekeeper’s account of the Royal Navy, in 1792. Bellingham Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Bristol, Rhode Island, is home to the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame, named after Captain Nathanael Herredhoff who designed and built five winning America’s Cup boats between 1893 and 1914. Bristol Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Cape May, New Jersey, is a frequent stopover for cruisers heading north and south on the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. YACHTING reader Mark Allen

50 Best Yachting Towns

Charlevoix, Michigan, located approximately halfway between Traverse City and Harbor Springs, has a bustling summer cruising scene. YACHTING reader Bethany Pearson

50 Best Yachting Towns

Home to the legendary surf break Dana Killer, Dana Point, California, is one of the few harbors on the Orange County coast. The city was named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., the author of Two Years Before the Mast. Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Edgartown, Massachusetts, boasts the largest area and population (a whopping 3,779 according to a 2000 census) in Martha’s Vineyard and was an international whaling hub during the 1800s. Edgartown Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

With its “Man at the Wheel” monument (immortalized in the film The Perfect Storm) and 1623 founding date (the first settlement in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, predating Salem and Boston) Gloucester, Massachusetts, is perhaps the most quintessential New England fishing town. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Greenwich, Connecticut, is the westernmost and southernmost municipality in the state and in 2005 was ranked 12th on CNNMoney and Money magazine’s 100 Best Places to live in the United States. Greenwich Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Marblehead, Massachusetts, is regarded by many is as the founding town of the United States Navy. The first vessel commissioned by the navy, the Hannah, was crewed with Marblehead men. Marblehead Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Home to the world-renowned Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut, is on (or rather, should be on) the “must-visit” list of any passionate yachtsman. Mystic Seaport Museum

50 Best Yachting Towns

Puerto Williams, Chile, is home to the Micalvi Yacht Club, which houses the southern most pub in the world. YACHTING reader John Parker

50 Best Yachting Towns

Richland, Washington, is located in the Tri Cities area of Washington and is the merging point of the Snake, Columbia and Yakima Rivers. YACHTING reader Mike Lauman

50 Best Yachting Towns

Seattle, Washington — home to grunge music, rain and exceptional coffee — is located on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and is one of the major boating destinations of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

Located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Black River, South Haven has been a boating destination since the early 1900s and has been referred to as “The Catskills of the Midwest.” South Haven Chamber of Commerce

50 Best Yachting Towns

The St. Croix River forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and connects with the Mississippi and the Great Loop, and is home to a 20-mile stretch of 10-100 feet deep water, a National Protected Scenic Waterway, bordered by sandy beaches and several first class marinas. YACHTING reader Ron Reimann

50 Best Yachting Towns

Tiburon, California, is located on the Tiburon Peninsula, which reaches south into San Francisco Bay, and at one point in time was the southern terminus for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Tiburon Chamber of Commerce
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