I'm reaching out to see if anyone knows of a registry of 'lost & found' boats. The boat in question is a Westsail 32, named 'TLC'. She was left adrift 520 miles south of Easter island, abandoned in late December 2011. A malfunction
of the back stay affected steering
though Thomas L. Corogin persisted two days attempting to jury rig and sail to Chile
. Failing that, he called for aid and was pulled aboard a freighter. The boat was left adrift but with the main hatch
left open. Corogin had assumed he would be allowed to go back to retrieve personal items. That did not happen. The Chilean Navy
met the freighter and he was brought ashore.
My connection to the boat is that it was my family's boat with interior
built by my dad, named 'Running Free', and a name appropriate for a boat we believe may still be doing just that! Westsail boats are tough and we imagine it might have landed somewhere. Tom Corogin passed away in Nov. 2015 but our family
still wonders of what happened to our boat. If anyone has any ideas of how to find her, greatly appreciated.