I sent you a private message too. Aside from what I sent you, I had actually met the owner, Bill, before I knew Dream Ketcher was for sale
. He was looking at the engine
in a salvaged Pearson
31 that I was looking at for 2k. I was thinking about buying
her to restore and sell to generate funds for a CT-41, and he was planning on restoring Dream Ketcher and was looking at the 31's engine
with the possibility of buying
it to replace Dream Ketcher's. At the time I didn't know his boat was a CT-41.
I called a couple of times before I got hold of the broker, and made an appointment to go look at her that Saturday. The broker showed up shortly after I got there, and said the owner was on his way, and when Bill showed up, I assumed he was coming to look at her too, and then he was introduced as the owner.
The deal was that Bill was the harbor master at that marina, and was living aboard
her. During Ike, he decided to ride it out at the dock
. Since it's not a floating pier, and the tide surge went up something like 20', the docking
lines started pulling her under bow first. He had his electric bilge pump
going with shore power
, and then the electricity went out and he tried to keep it up with the batteries and the whaler, but the surge rose so high and so fast she started to go down. He swam off her made it to the tower at the marina office (the office was underwater) and hung on to the tower until the storm was over.
After he refloated her, he started pulling his ruined belongings out of her. He pulled about 10 garbage bags full of his stuff out, and got so disheartened, between that and the experience of the hurricane
, he just couldn't go back on her anymore. She wasn't insured, but FEMA considered her his domicile so he got FEMA money
, and he still was the harbormaster at the marina. But after Ike the yardspace tripled, and labor tripled and supplies of everything were quickly wiped out, and making it tougher was the local infrastructure simply wasn't functioning, and much of it was destroyed anyway.
What happened with most of the boats that were insured and ended up on land was the insurance
companies simply totalled them and wrote out checks, often selling them back to the owners for pennies on the dollar and leaving it to them to salvage
, because it was cheaper for them to do it that way then to pay the actual costs of salvage
and repair, even on relatively minor damage, because the costs of everything sky-rocketed.
So Bill couldn't afford to salvage her, even though he himself worked in a marina, along with the trauma of the hurricane
and the depression from losing all his possessions and his boat being trashed. His only real option was to sell her for whatever anyone would pay, or take her out and scuttle her.
Well anyway, I don't know the details of your communication problems with the broker, but I can tell you that his office was totally underwater during the hurricane and was destroyed, and that he was operating out of his truck using it as an office. The wireless and cell phone
structure of Kemah
and the whole coast in that area was heavily damaged, and alot of the coordination I did to make things happen to get her out I did face to face and intermittently on the phone
. Even the bill of sale
for her was hand written and we did separate copies by hand because he didn't have a printer for his laptop
and no way to make photocopies. When he was able to make his way through the damage to get to his office after the storm, he found two boats inside his office up on the second floor. They were working on rebuilding the place the whole time I was making trips down there salvaging Dream Ketcher, and he was still operating out of his truck when I finally got her towed across the bay.
Most of the business I did down there making it all come together was done in cash or money orders or credit card convenience checks, because no-one's systems for taking credit cards and electronic payments were working.