I know that I don't have any right to ask this, but could we please keep this thread open so that further updates to this saga can have a place to be posted.
I've written it before and I'll do so again. I don't disagree with any of the valid points made by folks about this.
I've tried to explain that there were many things that motivated my decision to take this on. Not the least of those reasons was a true concern for the man himself. The disease of alcoholism has affected my life directly from childhood. I hate it. But I don't want to hate the people who are affected by it.
So, there was a part of me that wanted to help the man. He probably hates me right now for that help. But I can take it.
I would not be at all surprised if he threatens to sue me. That is the sort of stuff he says. All I can say is good luck with that.
There was a part of me that just wanted to prove that a bunch of people, primarily the sailing community, working together could accomplish something that the government
was too hogtied to do. Or if they did, would cost upward of ten grand.
And it worked. The community came together. Pulled and pushed together and we got it done.
That made me feel great. That gave me hope. That lessened my growing pessimism.
There was a part of me that just likes a challenge. And a challenge it was.
There was a part of me that thought about maybe picking up a little free publicity. What can I say? Times are tough.
There was a part of me that just wanted the boat off the darn beach. It was an eye sore. And they would have made a gawd-awful mess if they dried to remove it from there. Believe me. There was all kinds of paint
and gas cans coming out the wazoo on that boat.
If it's going to be scrapped, it should happen in a boatyard for crying out loud.
Anyway. We've beaten the subject to death. Jay is not the romantic, lovable water
front character that the early news reports depicted. But he is a man. He is deserving of compassion. Sometimes compassion comes in the form of tough love.
My love may be a little tougher than that to which he is accustomed. I'm not going to apologize for it.
But really. His boat is off the beach and afloat. It can now be dealt with in a proper way. If it must be scrapped, and that's Jays decision, then it can be done properly and maybe he can even get a few bucks for it.
If he seriously wants to fix the boat up and is willing to face reality, that reality being that making that boat seaworthy
is going to cost a lot of money
and require a lot of work, and if he will accept the advice and help of those who claim to care about him, then I see no reason that he shouldn't keep working on the boat. But he should be working on it in a boatyard or some private property somewhere. Not while trying to live aboard it with a dog anchored off the swimming beach in Gulfport or in any other community.
The bottom line is that the situation is better than it was while the boat was on the beach. We can argue about this till the cows come home, but that part is not really up for debate.
So please, especially since the other thread has been locked, lets all behave ourselves here so that this one remains open for further updates and polite conversation.