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Old 26-03-2013, 03:48   #16
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Re: Grasping at straws - Overdue Sailors

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The fact that this guy had a DUI in 2010 is relevant how?
The impression I get is that many in the US see Alcohol as the devil's kool aid . Puritan and Taliban ideas get everywhere .

Not saying that a DUI is a good thing to do - just that I don't see it as usually meaning someone is drunk 24/7 or it makes them a "bad" person.

The drug smuggling thing on the overhand .......whilst I have no reason to suspect that they decided to revisit past activity, perhaps worth bearing in mind that it is a sector that does not suit folks re-entering after time away - both the people and the "rules" change, and not usually a forgiving industry to bumble into or for amateurs to dip into, especially if going up the food chain.......where the predators have ever bigger teeth . As a broad rule of thumb, if ya can't work out who it makes sense to be rid off in a deal - it's probably you .
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Old 26-03-2013, 04:13   #17
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The fact that this guy had a DUI in 2010 is relevant how?
Perhaps the fact that it is a "mugshot" is a giveaway as to what they look like?
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Old 26-03-2013, 08:31   #18
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I am not sure how to post pictures but I have 2 of the boat he is on. I made one my Avater (managed to figure that out)
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Old 26-03-2013, 08:34   #19
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I just realized thats too small to see now. when I try to add attatchment it doesnt give me an option to. maybe its just my computer?
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Old 26-03-2013, 08:44   #20
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Click "Go Advanced" under the quick reply window, then click the paper clip to attach a picture...LL
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Re: Grasping at straws - Overdue Sailors

There is a cruisers net at 9:00AM every day in Boot Key Harbor. The topic of what happened to Blondie was mentioned for quite some time. It was mentioned the USCG found a life ring from Blondie, but nothing else. The USCG also said it could not comment more about an ongoing case. I would point out the life ring was found in the Gulf, not ocean side which is the opposite direction of the Gulf Stream current and the supposed destination. I was only interested in passing about this topic but several folks on the net seemed to know more about Blondie and I always got the feeling that there was more to the story than what the USCG released.

Sorry I can't add more details for the family. There seems to be a fairly close knit group at Boot Key and if I learn more I will pass it on to the family.
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Old 26-03-2013, 09:03   #22
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Re: Grasping at straws - Overdue Sailors

Well, talking about total irrelevancies and poor information first up has lead this thread astray.

If they were going on an extended fishing trip into the Caribbean, including or via Jaimaca leaving mid January then they may still be quite fine.

Two and a half months cruising these areas is not long, and if the boat was in difficulties should be able to sustain a couple of fishermen till it drifts to some shore in the west.

Without giving friends some real idea of their cruise then they are the proverbial needle in the haystack.

There is very little that one could effectively do but wait. And that's a very difficult situation for a family to be in.

Hopefully they will be in some Caribbean port telling fish stories in a bar surrounded by girls.
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Old 26-03-2013, 09:10   #24
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Well, talking about total irrelevancies and poor information first up has lead this thread astray.

If they were going on an extended fishing trip into the Caribbean, including or via Jaimaca leaving mid January then they may still be quite fine.

Two and a half months cruising these areas is not long, and if the boat was in difficulties should be able to sustain a couple of fishermen till it drifts to some shore in the west.

Without giving friends some real idea of their cruise then they are the proverbial needle in the haystack.

There is very little that one could effectively do but wait. And that's a very difficult situation for a family to be in.

Hopefully they will be in some Caribbean port telling fish stories in a bar surrounded by girls.
I belive MarkJ has got it right,I was thinking the same thing..
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Either that or they decided to go make another run and the OP is a DEA Agent......

Honestly, I hope MarkJ is right. It'd make a much better story than two old farts and a sail boat full of Ganja.

Assuming OP is not in fact the DEA, I hereby apologize for ripping on you in your time of pain and offer my sincerest hope that all aboard Blondie are found alive and well, and preferably surrounded by cute girls in bikinis.
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Angie, I wish you the best on finding your grandfather safely. I'm not in the area so I'm not much help.


Does anyone recognize the make of the boat CWW posted? Maybe we can help Angie with a few additional facts she didn't have before this thread.
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Either that or they decided to go make another run and the OP is a DEA Agent......

Honestly, I hope MarkJ is right. It'd make a much better story than two old farts and a sail boat full of Ganja.

Assuming OP is not in fact the DEA, I hereby apologize for ripping on you in your time of pain and offer my sincerest hope that all aboard Blondie are found alive and well, and preferably surrounded by cute girls in bikinis.

The DEA has a lot better ways to track boats than going onto cruising forums and fishing. In fact, if the OP used enough tact and charm, he might get a DEA or ICE agent to do some internal database searching and see where the vessel was last reported, obtained one way or the other.
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Old 26-03-2013, 10:09   #28
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Re: Grasping at straws - Overdue Sailors

The OP has already posted a notice who the lead detective is for this case for Monroe County, so I doubt there is nefarious intent. If you have information...

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There is a cruisers net at 9:00AM every day in Boot Key Harbor. The topic of what happened to Blondie was mentioned for quite some time. It was mentioned the USCG found a life ring from Blondie, but nothing else. The USCG also said it could not comment more about an ongoing case. I would point out the life ring was found in the Gulf, not ocean side which is the opposite direction of the Gulf Stream current and the supposed destination. I was only interested in passing about this topic but several folks on the net seemed to know more about Blondie and I always got the feeling that there was more to the story than what the USCG released.

Sorry I can't add more details for the family. There seems to be a fairly close knit group at Boot Key and if I learn more I will pass it on to the family.

Thank you. And if you hear anything else, please let us know.

Thanks to everyone for their input and suggestions. Obviously, I do not know anything about sailing. I am not from Florida where he departed from so we are hard pressed to get much information other than what we can google or what the detective will tell us.

Angie
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What does everyone think? Pearson 35? According to the information here, the beam is correct at 10 feet, but a P35 should be 35' 2" LOA.
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