You guys haven't heard from me in a while, because there hasn't been a lot to say in a while. Paul Blais and I got Icefire down to Charleston safe and sound, as I previously reported (thanks again for the help Paul!). Life was good.
Then I got orders to transfer. It was gonna be too much $ to haul and ship her up to NY with me, and it seemed to make no sense to store her on the hard
when the mooring
was free. So I made arrangements with the family
living a few boats down for them to keep an eye on her, and we moved north.
There was an issue almost immediately: my dinghy
broke loose and washed ashore at a nearby marina. Dani and her hubby went out and retrieved it, so all was good.
Until today. When TowBoatUS called me.
Icefire broke free from the mooring
. Or the mooring pulled free from the seabed. Hard to believe the latter, but at this point the reports from the field are unclear. I know for certain that at least the buoy is still tied to the boat, but somehow the towboat captain
knew that I was on a helical moor. How would he know that?
Regardless, TowBoatUS received two different VHF
hails about a vessel adrift. By the time they got out to her, the Coast Guard was also on scene. They managed to get a line onto her and get her under control before she hit the rocks along the battery
on the south end of Charleston, and she didn't hit any other boats, so I was lucky: no damage and no liability. But since she was adrift and they weren't called out for a mechanical failure needing towing, they're calling it salvage
and saying my unlimited towing BoatUS membership
doesn't apply. I'm getting my insurance
on it, but that seems jacked.
They tied the boat up at the City Marina, and will negotiate with my insurance
folks to cover the towing cost and dockage fees
. But now I need to figure out what to do. If the buoy is still tied to the boat, that means best case the rest of the mooring line and chain is sitting on the bottom of the Ashley. I know about where it is, but since I'm not there to dive it, I'll have to hire a diver to find it. Even if I do that, I've now lost
confidence in the plan to just leave her on the buoy.
Which means it's put her on the hard
or sell her.
I was supremely unsuccessful in trying to sell her before I left (I didn't really want to, but it seemed that maybe it was the smart thing to do). I know it's a bad time to sell a boat, and I probably asked to much. So maybe I'll list her again for less.
So here's the deal. Anyone in Charleston on the board here willing to drive her to one of the boatyards
in town and help get her up on the hard? I haven't made arrangements yet: this all just happened in the last 2 hrs. But it'll need to get done asap to minimize transient dock fees
Barring that, does anyone want a 1974 Sabre
28? She needs a new paintjob, and the roller furling
needs to be repaired, but aside from that she's in good shape and sound. I own her free and clear, so any reasonable cash offers are welcome.
Man, I love this boat. But I knew back in 2006 when I bought her that it was the wrong time, and in general a bad idea. I've had a lot of fun with her, but she's also been a lot of trouble. It would be one thing if I was settled, but I'm still on Active Duty: I move around a LOT. I'm beginning to realize that I need to not have a boat until I'm done with the Navy
and can stay on or near her all the time. This is the second time she's broken free of her moorings when I was away. The first time was right after I moved to Charleston, while she was still at a slip in Annapolis
. I got a call from the MD DNR people saying she'd been found adrift in her creek and they'd tied her to a Navy
mooring there. Fortunately, my dad was there to retrieve her. This time, though.....ain't no dad around to help.
This has been somewhat rambling, I know. Rest assured, I've not given up on sailing or the notion of cruising all over the place once I'm done with the Navy and am getting paid to breathe (t minus 7 years and counting now). I'm just not sure it's a good idea for the moment.
If anyone is able to help, or has any other thoughts, please let me know.