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Old 02-11-2018, 07:14 PM   #1
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Couple sells all, buys boat, sinks

Saw this news story. Young couple quits jobs, sells all, buys boat, and wants to sail the world living the dream. Two days into their first sailing adventure their boat sinks.

Might want to re-think their bucket list.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa.../amp/326152002
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:17 PM   #2
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I saw that. Hope they had insurance on it....
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Broadwell and Walsh left Colorado last year after selling off all their belongings, including a car, to buy Lagniappe for $5,000. It took a year and another $5,000 to get the boat ready to sail...
Now that they have to go back to work, they should be able to save another $10K in a couple of years to try again?
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I saw that. Hope they had insurance on it....


They didn’t.
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Seen this too many times. Boating on a shoestring seldom ends well.
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Seen this too many times. Boating on a shoestring seldom ends well.
I have a sinking feeling that you are right.
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I have a sinking feeling that you are right.
Let's see: $5,000 for a 28 foot sailboat should have been the first red flag.

In another article it said that they took sailing lessons from some uncle. Strike two.

They were down to their last $94 and were planning to sail the world.

Ok: Who didn't think this would happen? They're just damn lucky that they crashed in shallow water as opposed to some catastrophic snag out in deep water far from land.

Idiots!
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No sailor here, but I read that one needs some kind of proficiency certificate in order to obtain insurance for his boat.
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No sailor here, but I read that one needs some kind of proficiency certificate in order to obtain insurance for his boat.
I think all you need is a check for $500.

I'm a life-long sailor (and have taught sailing/seamanship) but was never asked about my experience when getting insurance.
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No sailor here, but I read that one needs some kind of proficiency certificate in order to obtain insurance for his boat.
bigger boat maybe. Smaller boats not so much.

To charter larger boat you do need some documentation of your skills and classes.
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Let's see: $5,000 for a 28 foot sailboat should have been the first red flag.

In another article it said that they took sailing lessons from some uncle. Strike two.

They were down to their last $94 and were planning to sail the world.

Ok: Who didn't think this would happen? They're just damn lucky that they crashed in shallow water as opposed to some catastrophic snag out in deep water far from land.

Idiots!

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It could have been much worse of an outcome if they had actually sailed in the middle of the ocean....
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No sailor here, but I read that one needs some kind of proficiency certificate in order to obtain insurance for his boat.
Not necessarily for a 28-footer in US coastal waters. Some sort of demonstrable experience or an 8-hour safety course maybe. But I doubt anyone would have insured them for any sort of long-range cruising.

I suspect is was more a case of when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.

This story is not uncommon, except perhaps for the fact that they survived.
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I've heard people like them.

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$5000 for a boat to sail the world? The bucket list here involves those you are going to need for bailing. Sounds like a good plan to get on the TV.
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Maybe they will start a Go Fund Me page to get another boat?
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Maybe they will start a Go Fund Me page to get another boat?
Already started.
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From how obviously unprepared and under financed they were for their "dream," this accident may have saved their lives.
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Think they will be more prepared next time? They already said they would try again.

Compared to them, I am a real worrywart. Before buying my benign class C, I spent hours reading about the scary black tank as I never had an RV before.
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Sounds like a hold my beer story.
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They already have $9,284 pledged on their gofund page. It certainly seems that some disaster was likely with their plan and preparation or rather lack of.
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