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Recommendations on Home Port Marina

I've a signed purchase agreement on a Valiant 42, located at the Valiant factory on Lake Texoma in Texas. I was there for the survey on Friday of last week, and did the sea trial on Saturday. There are a few issues to resolve, but the purchase will probably happen. Since the boat is located at the factory, I'm having some upgrades, replacements and service done by them before I ship her to the east coast.

All of my sailing has been on the west coast, but I'd like to get a slip on the east coast for at least six months a year. Here are my ideal criteria:

1) Reasonably low hurricane exposure.
2) Nice marina amenities (floating docks, good depth under docks at low tide, nice showers, gas & pump-out dock, swimming pool or easy access to a beach, etc.)
3) A marina associated with a nice hotel would be preferred, but not essential.
4) Competent repair yard either in the complex or near by.
5) Easy access to super market, marine supply store, restaurants, etc.
6) Not far off the ICW.
7) No farther north than North Carolina. No farther south than northern Florida.
8) No terrible bug problem. (However, all hatches and ports will be screened.)
9) Within a couple hours drive to an airport.

I'm sure that there are other important criteria that I've overlooked.

The boat has air conditioning with an AC generator, so I'm not too concerned about heat when at the dock, or at night on a mooring or at anchor.

I've already visited Charleston (SC), Beaufort (NC) and New Bern (NC). I would prefer Charleston, but I don't know how it measures up to the above criteria -- especially 1).

I'm aware that all of the above areas have some hurricane exposure, but I suppose some areas have less risk than others.

I probably won't have to make a decision until the end of September, at the earliest.

I really look forward to your recommendations and comments.

Thanks in advance,

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