Duane& Diane Ising OK
All I can say is Wow! and that we are glad most of the people in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte area are OK.
Having visited Punta Gorda when my parents had a house on a canal there I fully understand your concern about the Storm Surge.
Having gone thru Hurricane Juan when it hit Halifax last fall as category 2 verging on 3 I can only imagine how powerful a full category 4 hurricane would be. There are still boats being repaired in our area 11 months later.
.. on the brighter side there are large number of sailboats sporting beautiful Awlgrip jobs and brand new sails. So I guess there is lots of hope for your new boat.
10 days no power. Yuck! We were 5 with no power and phone and it was horrible!
Best wishes to you and the pirate and otehrs