Category Archives: Marine Surveys

April 2017 – Snakes & Baseball

Typically the busiest boat-buying month of the year for us in Charleston, April did not disappoint.  We surveyed boats of all shapes and sizes and from all over the state.  Like I theorized last month, I think the lack of a real winter had people itching to get out on the water a lot earlier than usual this year.  And boaters weren't the only ones out and about this month. Unfazed by the implications of my Irish heritage, the snakes down here are starting to get a little too familiar with me.  I relocated two smooth earth snakes and one southern black racer already and it's not even summer yet.  I also had a corn snake scare the living crap out of me on the porch last week.  I actually decided to let him stay and take a stab at our backyard mole problem.  I know most people hate snakes, but corn snakes are about as dangerous as a golden retriever...

March 2017 – An Underrated Month

I always underestimate how pleasant March weather can be.  For anyone reading this from out-of-town, March is a great time to visit Charleston (June-August, not so much).  Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this either.  We nearly doubled our survey volume from last March.  I think our "winter" was so mild it accelerated the springtime boat-buying rush.  In any case, we stayed plenty busy this month.   Photos from a few surveys this month: [gallery ids="841,840,839,835,836,837,838,834,833,832,831,830,829,828,827"]...

January & February 2017 – Winter Is NOT Coming

Charleston missed out on winter this year.  Well, technically there were 4 days in January where the low was just below freezing, but then there were 14 days in January where the high was 70+ degrees.  Normally I reserve the first week of the year for business "busy work" while I wait for the boating market to thaw.  Not this year year though.  This year I had three pre-purchase surveys the first week in January.  I wore flip flops and short sleeves to all of them. What does this mean?  As far as surveying goes it means business is good.  In fact everyone I know in this industry is summertime-busy right now.  But I fear that a mild winter means a miserable summer is looming.  So I'm not looking forward to that. Environmentally speaking, I don't pretend to know anymore than the NOAA and NASA articles I read every now and then, so I won't get into that.  I will be interested...
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