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Charter a boat, sail your own boat; stay near home or cross the country to sample the waters. Summer is a good time to do it“To every thing there is a season,” said the writer of Ecclesiastes. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a sailor, and you don’t need me to tell you that this statement should be needlepointed on a pillow in the saloon of every sailboat. Generally,
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Gulf Coast

CHARTER BASES

Florida: Pensacola Beach

Alabama: Fairhope

Texas: Corpus Christi, Austin, Lake Travis

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Florida Panhandle: You can sail here 12 months a year, but many people don’t sail in December and January; we like it then, when the crowds are gone. But truly, the best months are September. October, March, and April, when the wind is off the land in the morning and comes in as a sea breeze (from the south here) at an average of 12 to 15 knots. It’s hot in June and July, but the water is beautiful. We’re located on the ICW, a series of very large bays, and the Gulf of Mexico is about two hours away. It’s relaxing and beautiful here. Peggy Van Sleen, Emerald Coast Sailing, Pensacola Beach

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