I was born and raised in Chicago. Went to California
for univirsity, found that folks there didn't have to hibernate. Loved that, never went back. But, for fiscal reasons our boats hailing ports
(and our legal
address) are still in Chicago. In our years of cruising in the South Pacific
a great many conversations with passing locals have started with "Well, you're a long way from home". My answer is always "Thank god"!
For the OP, I truly feel for you, and hope that the repairs can be effected quickly.