We've been living aboard
Mirador, our Caliber 40, in San Diego
for almost 6-years. During the first three years it was part time and we maintained a home and residence in Washington
State. In early 2014 we moved aboard full time and are now "California Residents" and are really paying the state a lot of money
for that privilege
This is our 2nd extended stay in California
aboard our boat and we lived here, on land, for 3-years a long time ago. We are, once again, becoming very tired of dealing with California taxes
and want to get of the state.
thinking is to sail Mirador back to Puget Sound
where we lived and sailed for many decades. We would live aboard Mirador in the Salish Sea from mid-June thru mid-October. We would also re-establish our legal
residence and domicile in Washington
which has no income
tax. We can leave Mirador in an excellent, secure, and fairly new marina in Tacoma for about $300/month during the winter. We've used that marina several times in the past when we lived there.
We'd spend a month or so driving our RV to/from Florida
where we want to keep a catamaran
to live aboard during the November to April or May time frame. We want to be headed north by the time the daily air temp is above 88 or humidity is above 75%.
has lived in Cape Coral
since the early 1980s and have kept a 20' - 26' boat on a canal much of the time. I know a great deal about hurricanes but nothing about storing a larger multi-hull in Florida during hurricane
Is a 40' catamaran
safer / more secure in a well run dry storage
facility or in a secure marina such as Burnt Store? The cost of summer storage
for the catamaran is not significant compared to all the costs associated with keeping a 40' boat in the SE and another forty-footer in the NE corners of the continental US. So, I want to do what is safe and secure, not easy or cheap
Do any of you folks have direct experience with your multi-hull in Florida dry storage in a TS or Hurricane
We can leave the boat anywhere in the SE that is safe but we are leaving California to avoid income
and property taxes
so we do not want to keep the boat in a high tax state for five or six months a year.
Any suggestions about how we should manage a 40' catamaran in the US SE during hurricane season when we are 2,600 miles distant would be appreciated.