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‘I’d like to wake up in the Bahamas.’ Couple hopes boat can take on Hurricane Florence

Family riding out Florence aboard boat in North Myrtle Beach

Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hatteras boat in Doc Holiday's Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie.
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Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hatteras boat in Doc Holiday's Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie.

At Doc Holiday’s Marina in North Myrtle, boats are tied down tightly and empty.

But at the end of the marina, one boat, “Just-E-Nuff,” has four residents hoping to ride out the storm.

Tim and Judy Atkinson and their two dogs, Dogglas, an Australian Shepherd, and Roxie, a miniature teacup Chihuahua, plan to stay on their boat when the hurricane hits — and this isn’t their first storm.

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Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hattaras boat in Doc Holiday’s Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie. “I feel safer here than anywhere his wife Judy said, and our dogs are at home here.” Wednesday, September 10, 2018. Jason Lee jlee@thesunnews.com

The couple, who met in North Myrtle Beach, and said they have lived here “off and on” for many years, also stayed on the boat during Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Florence is expected to be worse, but Tim said the boat “barely moved” during Matthew.

When Hurricane Irma was possibly headed to South Carolina, we asked Nancy Cappelmann, Harbormaster at Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island, for advice on what boat owners can do to prepare their boats for the coming storm.

Their relatives are still worried. Judy’s sister called Tim from Asheville, worried their boat might tip over — but Tim said that wouldn’t be an issue in his 26,000-pound Hatteras.

“Everything you can think to check on, I’ve checked on,” Tim told Judy’s sister.

Judy said the couple didn’t consider going to a shelter for the storm.

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Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hattaras boat in Doc Holiday’s Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie. “I feel safer here than anywhere his wife Judy said, and our dogs are at home here.” Wednesday, September 10, 2018. Jason Lee jlee@thesunnews.com

“I feel safer here than anywhere,” Judy said. “And our dogs are at home here.”

Tim said the boat is tied down to the dock and to a free-standing pole, so the boat might float but won’t leave the marina.

“That’s where we disagree,” Judy said. “I’d like to wake up in the Bahamas.”

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