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Old 10-20-2019, 03:34 PM   #1
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CarDude begins epic broke-boat return to US

You may recall that CarDude had his boat in Green Turtle Cay (Bahamas) when our most recent Cat 5 hurricane devastated the area. He found his boat crammed among many, but perhaps it was actually the other boats which prevented his Island Packett motor sailor from coming off the stands. After getting some encouraging news from an insurance company surveyor and a house owner on the Island, he got his wits together and whent over to see if the boat could actually be brought back on its own power.

Damage to the outboard hoist, missing solar panels, mast snapped in half, and substantial hull compression from one stand were obvious, but the interior was dry. Of course, whether the boat hull, rudder or driveline had been torqued or twisted....well, to use the words of Captain Ron, the only way to tell was “out there”. As we speak (Sunday 10/20/2019), he’s “out there”.

Coming from Green Turtle Cay, he made the turn west around Little Abaco Island heading for Great Sale Cay about 2:30PM or so. He’s got his broken mast and rigging strapped on deck, a few gallons of water, some food and enough fuel to make it back to the mainland, and so far, reporting no strange vibration or handling issues. He hopes to make it to Great Sale Cay today, West End tomorrow, and weather permitting, across the Gulf Stream on Tuesday.

Good luck, CarDude.
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:38 PM   #2
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Hope it goes well for him. Are you going to keep updating us?
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:40 PM   #3
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CarDude making the Turn west around Little Abaco Island in route from Green Turtle Cay to Great Sale Cay. Follow along:
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:52 PM   #4
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Oh man, and he thought the worse! Best wish’s for a safe trip Cardude!
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Thanks for posting this Larry.
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:56 PM   #6
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More than the average adventure...best of luck to CarDude.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:11 PM   #8
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Is he single handling?
Yeah. I was hoping he’d do this in two separate visits so I could go along, but once Bill gets it in his mind that he’s gotta go, he goes. I just asked him if he could see Great Sale Cay.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:14 PM   #9
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I don't remember ever subscribing to another thread so quickly. Best of luck CD, and thanks for posting HH!
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Made it to Anchorage at Great Sale Cay.
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Larry, Where is he headed?
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:57 PM   #12
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Larry, Where is he headed?
Hopes to make West End tomorrow and cross the Stream on Tuesday to Lake Worth, then to Mack Sails in Stuart for refit of broken sail mast & rigging.
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:01 PM   #13
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I hadn't seen him post. Then we had that tropical depression move through. I wondered if he was onboard or not posting. Glad to see he is doing ok if uncomfy.
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Larry - thanks for the updates!
Car Dude - once you are safe and sound, tell us what you saw in Green Turtle Cay and on your exit from the Bahamas...
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Best of luck! What amazes me is that he was able to get it back in the water so quickly. I would have bet more than 6 months to get a crane or whatever was used to extricate him from the boat landfill surrounding him.

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Appears the boat is sound but not sailable, the engine runs so that’s positive. I wish he had somebody with him to help in an emergency, the Dude has a pair. Hope he has an EPIRP .

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Safe yachtin' to Bill. "The Dude abides!"
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