Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine
.........Fred bought a Venezia 42 in Annapolis
for $200,000. Because it was already November, he couldn't get insurance until he got further south......
.......Alas, the weather
conditions were bad enough that the ship couldn't get close enough to rescue
the two men
during the first three passes.......
After looking at today's video, we know some armchair sailors are going to scoff that it wasn't rough at all, that it wasn't really getting dark, and that the boat shouldn't have been abandoned. First of all, videos and photographs of the ocean always make it look calmer than it really is. Second, today's video equipment
does so well in low light conditions that they make it seem brighter out than it actually is. Lastly, a very experienced cruiser, civil engineer
and contractor, Fred didn't make the decision to abandon his uninsured boat lightly. "I cried like a baby when I had to leave her," he admits........
...... Fred returned to St. Barth. Thanks to many friends and a long relationship with a local bank, he and Sophy managed to acquire the Oceanis
40 Tres Palmeras
, which they are now living aboard
in the Gustavia anchorage......
I think he does have a few boat bucks though.
Dunno about the inability to get insurnace.
Maybe whats-her-name can tell us?