I’m heading north tomorrow!! Follow along via the “current position” link at the top of this blog, or at https://share.garmin.com/Morpheus
I’m hoping for a very boring passage as its just me onboard. The forecast says super light (as in burning diesel) until at least July 4th and then just “regular” light after that!
Here are the factors that changed my mind relative to storing the boat in South Carolina.
- It’s unbelievably hot down here! I purchased a 1200 btu portable AC unit, and covered all windows with reflective material like you use on the dash of your car. It’s still just barely livable down below. Going outside during the day, not a good idea.
- Covid-19 – We called it on Memorial Day and now this area is really in trouble. When we arrived Charleston County had daily new covid cases in the single digits. Today the number was something like 383!! It’s bad, and getting worse in a hurry. Suddenly, lots of people are wearing masks and the streets are nearly empty. Good idea!! If I’m 20 miles offshore by myself, I’m thinking I’ll be pretty safe.
- South Carolina charges out of state boats property tax if you stay in the state more than 180 days. There is a good chance we will be out of the water that long and I don’t need an extra bill.
- We have lots of friends in and around Newport that live there 12 months a year. I’ll feel good knowing that these folks can and will take a look at Morpheus for us from time to time while we are away. Maybe, if I’m nice they will even send me photos?
So, that’s it. On my way tomorrow. Block Island/Newport here we come!!
PS. Extra points to anyone that recognizes the boat in the picture at the top of this post!