Somewhere in the fine print is listed a requirement for insurance. I do not recall how many times I have sailed to Fiji since I first did in CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE in 1979. Five or possibly six. I have never had insurance. Perhaps this is limited to inside the marina. Perhaps the frontier is closed. Sometimes I feel like a mountain man in the old west when the settlers came. I am on the record as believing it desirable that no marine insurance exists. If sailors had to go to sea totally responsible for their own lives and property, a good many who shouldn’t wouldn’t.
I discovered online that Skull Creek Marina has been sold since I sailed for Panama in late January of last year. I subsequently learned that Marc, the office manager, and Fred, the dock master are still there. Carol and I did not make it to the marina during our curtailed visit to Hilton Head. We started to walk down one day but found the pier out to the marina blocked by a group of twenty or so people and on our last day it rained. I emailed Marc and told him I plan to truck GANNET back east sometime this year and hope they will find a space for her. I received a quick response back that indeed they would. Very nice people at that marina. One less problem to solve.