A 26’ Regulator outboard-powered center console registered in the U.S., was located 20 miles off the northern coast of Spain on January 17—3 1/2 years after stormy sea conditions ejected its crew off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
The U.S. Coast Guard received the report of the located flotsam from Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Madrid on January 24, 2012, and was able to link the vessel to a search and rescue case that occurred August 25, 2008, near Nantucket.
During that case, the Coast Guard responded to reports of 2 men who had been ejected from the center console vessel Queen Bee while attempting to cross a bar in 6’ to 8’ sea conditions. Both men were able to swim to Esther Island, Massachusett, and were provided first-aid upon recovery.
If they had insurance, they already would have a new boat, so the insurance company should claim the vessel and sell it at auction. Otherwise, that original owner is looking at a rather expensive transport fee to get his boat home.
It is amazing how stable and durable the newer center consoles are built. To be able to drift upright that long is quite amazing.