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Living aboard in Charleston, SC

I'm looking to move to Charleston, SC and live aboard at the City Marina. But I hear the mosquitoes can be bad from June to October. Anybody have any experience in this area?
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Mosquitos are a fact of life in the SC lowcountry. At the beaches they can be bad from dusk on, unless the wind comes up which keeps them away. I would think it would likely be much the same in a marina. A screen enclosure would likely be worth the expense if you want to live aboard down there but even without I don't know if I'd let it stop me if had the chance.

My sister and a niece live in Charleston, my brother has a retirement home a few miles north up Hwy 17 and my BiL and his family live in Myrtle Beach so I spend some time in that area every year. Hope to move our boat down there one of these days.
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Charleston is a fun town - LOTS to see and do. The City Marina is in a somewhat isolated location but they have free parking in their lot with your slip. Better, is to take their shuttle into town so you don't have to deal with parking issues. Staff is great. As for sailing, there's lots of opportunities just in the harbor - be advised that tidal currents can be very strong in the marina (3+ knots at max ebb) so you may need to time your coming and going accordingly.

We haven't had mosquito problems in Oct or April except for a few minutes at dusk, and even then not too severe - either we were at the edges of the season, or they're not quite as bad near the marina as other places.
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