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Old 27-12-2015, 11:18   #1
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Lost track of the SV Java Moon

I'm looking for my friend Charles "Skip" Hess aboard the Bill Garden ketch, SV Java Moon out of San Diego. He set off cruising about 10 or 12 years ago and had made it through the Panama Canal and around to Florida the last time I heard from him, but that was more than a year ago. I just heard a rumor through a common friend that Skip had lost Java Moon on a beach. That was supposed to have been in Nicaragua, but I wouldn't have expected him to go back there from Florida. Please respond with any news that you might have, especially a way to contact him.

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Old 27-12-2015, 20:35   #2
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

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I'm looking for my friend Charles "Skip" Hess aboard the Bill Garden ketch, SV Java Moon out of San Diego. He set off cruising about 10 or 12 years ago and had made it through the Panama Canal and around to Florida the last time I heard from him, but that was more than a year ago. I just heard a rumor through a common friend that Skip had lost Java Moon on a beach. That was supposed to have been in Nicaragua, but I wouldn't have expected him to go back there from Florida. Please respond with any news that you might have, especially a way to contact him.

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Old 27-12-2015, 21:54   #3
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

There are a few databases like this. Falship lists an address:

http://www.falship.com/ship/java-moon-111914683

Realise the address might be out of date by 12 years, but have you tried posting a letter?


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Old 27-12-2015, 21:58   #4
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

Here is another one that lists his last uscg renewal as end of 2014. That would appear to imply that maybe your information about the loss of his boat is correct. It also lists a different address you could try

http://boatdb.net/boat/java-moon-1191468.htm


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Old 28-12-2015, 01:11   #5
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

Thanks, Brownoarsman, I have done as extensive a general Internet search as I know how and come up with several sites that list the boat and ownership data, but nothing with actual news about Skip or the boat.

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Old 28-12-2015, 09:32   #6
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

From the NOAA and CG Database, good address. Since the boat lists as current in CG Documentation. The CG PSIX is really the only good database to search. Send a snail mail to the address and see what happens. If the boat does not show current by the end of next month on PSIX, you can then start to worry, but is still within the CG processing dates for renewal for Oct 15 Expiration.


Just got an email back from a friend working a boat down there and they have not heard anything, but will ask around - reason for edit.


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Vessel Name: JAVA MOON USCG Doc. No.: 1191468
Hull Material: FRP (FIBERGLASS) Hull Number: 287
Length (ft.): 40.9
Hailing Port: SAN DIEGO CA

CHARLES N HESS
332 CALLE MAYOR
REDONDO BEACH, CA 90277
Documentation Issuance Date: October 15, 2014
Documentation Expiration Date: October 31, 2015

Previous Vessel Names: No Vessel Name Changes Previous Vessel Owners: CHARLES N HESS
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

I live on a 42 foot Bill Garden ketch in Redondo Beach. If you like i can see what i can learn.....

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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

Hi there,

Skip was still anchored at La Playita, on the Panama City side of the canal when we were there in February.

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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

i am moored on the other side of the causeway from la playlita will see what i can find out .. a good description of his boat would help
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Re: Lost track of the SV Java Moon

Decades ago I was sitting at a table with an experienced sailor and a psychiatrist the subject under discussion was about building a replica of a clipper ship for youth education. So Trying to get a reassurance in my mind I asked the marina "If we build this could you safely Take it out and bring it back?" His reply was NO!

The psychiatrist seeing my astonishment, and after he could stop laughing said: "Of course he could not bring it back safely...He would be out there having so much fun he would never bring it back!"
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