Couple sells everything they have, buys boat to sail the world, sinks boat on day 2

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  1. Boo MFer!

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    Shouldn’t have been sailing there.

    They sold everything and bought a boat to sail the world. It sank on day two.
    MADEIRA BEACH — Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh dreamed the same dream: Give up the rat race, go live on a sailboat, see the Caribbean, maybe the world.

    They sold everything they owned in Colorado. Last year they bought a 28-foot sailboat in Alabama and headed for Tarpon Springs. They lived at the marina for months, getting the Lagniappe ready for their journey. They said their goodbyes on Tuesday and set sail for Key West.

    The next day, the dream died in John’s Pass.

    The Lagniappe sank Wednesday night while sailing into this fishing village-turned-tourist stop. Their former home sits capsized, within sight of the bars and restaurants. Their belongings floated off to who knows where.

    Before they abandoned ship, Walsh grabbed their social security cards, some cash, his ID and her phone — and Remy, their 2-year-old Pug.

    They have no jobs, no savings and nowhere to go.

    "How do I have everything," Walsh said, "and end up in a s----- hotel with nothing?"

    • • •

    Walsh, 24, grew up in Philadelphia. She dreamed of living in a highrise. Then she met Broadwell.

    The 26-year-old was from Cocoa Beach with a knack for selling. Their boss flew him to Philadelphia. They were friends at first, then they became more. He was sent to Breckinridge, Colo., to market timeshares.

    "We got so tired of that lifestyle," he said, "of doing things to make people do the things they don’t want to do."

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    So they started saving their money. He Ubered. They spent two years planning, and then finally did it. They sold everything they owned, even his sport-utility vehicle. In April they bought a 1969 Columbia sailboat in Alabama for $5,000, then spent that much fixing the 49-year-old boat.

    They named it the Lagniappe (pronounced lanny-yap), Creole for bonus. "Like the 13th donut in a dozen," Broadwell said. "It’s something extra for you."

    They had no sailing experience. His father helped them sail along the Gulf Coast, from Alabama to Panama City. That’s how the couple learned how to sail.

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    Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, sold everything they had in Colorado, bought an old sailboat and set out to sail around the Caribbean with their 2-year-old Pug, Remy. [Jim Damaske | Times]

    They reached Tarpon Springs in May. They docked at Mar Marina, where Broadwell got a job. They worked on the hull, rewired the boat and got it ready for their journey.

    "We met a bunch of good people," he said. "Everybody gave us a nice farewell off the docks."

    They set sail Tuesday, anchoring off Anclote Key. The next day they passed by Clearwater Beach and made their way to John’s Pass to dock for the night.

    Then it all went wrong.

    • • •

    It was about 8:45 p.m. when they sailed into a new port, navigating a channel they had never sailed before, in the dark, fog rolling in.

    Broadwell steered while Walsh stood at the bow, lighting their path with a spotlight, trying to figure out the navigational buoys. But the red and green buoys seemed out of place, they said, and the shoal wasn’t where their 2016-17 navigational charts said it should be. Had Hurricane Irma altered the channel?

    Then it happened: The Lagniappe struck something underwater. Walsh almost flew off the deck.

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    Waves rolled the sailboat. It dipped from side-to-side, almost going under. Broadwell realized the keel had been ripped off the bottom.

    Water started to leak into the cabin. They put their life jackets on (Remy, too.) Walsh dialed Sea Tow, the AAA of the marine world.

    "My hands are shaking," she said. "I know I probably sounded like a crazy person to them. I’m stuttering trying to talk to them.

    "They said they would be there in 40 minutes. I thought ‘That is a long time to spend out here.’"

    Walsh ran into the flooded cabin and grabbed what little she could. The crash had thrown their things onto the floor. Now their stuff was floating.

    "I’m just standing there in awe," she said. "I just lost everything I ever owned. I see my things floating away and I can’t get to them."

    Sea Tow arrived about an hour later, and just in time. The Lagniappe was sinking in about 9-feet of water and about to roll over. It was too shallow for the tow boat to approach and get them off the sailboat

    Abandon ship. The couple had to jump into the water.

    "I think you could sense our tragedy," Broadwell said. "I sold everything I had to do this, and I lost everything in a matter of 20 minutes."

    • • •

    The rest of the night is a blur. Stranded on the side of the road with no help, some cash and no credit cards. Broadwell’s mother found them an Uber driver kind enough to spend hours helping them find a cheap motel room.

    Thursday morning, the cavalry started arriving.

    "People came out of nowhere," Walsh said. "Everyone just started showing up to help us."

    Their new friends in Tarpon Springs drove down to help. Broadwell’s mother arrived from Jacksonville.

    They had no insurance. Nor will the Lagniappe ever sail again. It’s blue hull sticks out of the water in low tide.

    In fact, the Coast Guard told the couple they need to get their boat out of there. It could cost up to $10,000 to remove and store it. They have about $90.

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    They lost everything save for the shirts on their backs — well, one shirt. Broadwell wasn’t wearing a shirt when he jumped ship.

    "I woke up today and I was like ‘I don’t have that,’" he said Friday, "or anything I had."

    They’re relying on family and friends right now to get by. They just got some new clothes and shoes from Walmart. They have no idea how they’ll pay to remove their boat, or even where they’ll live.

    Broadwell said they didn’t have much to begin with. "Why do you think we wanted to live on a boat?"

    They might stay with his mother, then float around the state looking for work. They’re still figuring it out. But they’re still alive, and so is the dream.

    "I’m not going to give up now," Broadwell said. "I’m going to get another boat down the road."

    "We can’t just give up on our dreams," Walsh said.
     
  2. Doug

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    Sold everything they had to buy a $5k boat?

    Not sure how far they were going to make it in a $5k boat and $90 cash.
     
  3. Boo MFer!

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    I’m just glad the Pug is ok.
     
  4. Clown Baby

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    My dad had plans to do this until my step brother and I wrecked his boat while filming a music video.
     
  5. Nick Rivers

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    They had no sailing experience. His father helped them sail along the Gulf Coast, from Alabama to Panama City. That’s how the couple learned how to sail.

    :roll:
     
  6. Spuds

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  7. AIP

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    That’s great
     
  8. AIP

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    They are in their 20s so I am sure they will be ok
     
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  9. Artoo

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    How the fuck did they expect to survive on $90? Aren't there docking fees everywhere? Are they never going to buy food? And how would they ever buy a souvenir trinket at every place they stop to remember it by?
     
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  10. Odin

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    This sounds like something I would do.
     
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  11. Dudley Dawson2

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    Sounds like and looks like two meth heads thought it would be cool to sail around the world.
     
  12. Wu

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    Buoy that was a bad decision
     
  13. Jim Brockmire

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    Lol millenials.
     
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  15. Jim Brockmire

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    Rather than giving them sailing lessons, perhaps the skippers father should've given them a... stern ... warning that this was a bad idea.
     
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  16. Wu

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    This is a shot across the bow
     
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  17. wes tegg

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  18. wes tegg

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    And lol at not having insurance. A $5,000 boat would probably carry a $50 monthly premium.
     
  19. AIP

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    Mid 20s and just tired of rat race lol
     
  20. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    That's one of the most ridiculous non onion articles I've ever read. Wtf is wrong with those people.
     
  21. wes tegg

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    And the dude was selling timeshares, not working as an accountant or something. I guess that 9 to 5 grind got to him...
     
  22. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    Job description and location makes it sound like he was living at a ski resort resort.
     
  23. AIP

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    Their dreams are scuttled
     
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  24. wes tegg

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    Actually, I think she booked the timeshare tours and he drove for uber. :roll:
     
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  25. AIP

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    Is that even a real job
     
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  26. Nick Rivers

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    next time they should try taking a different tack
     
  27. AIP

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    Should have named the boat the minnow
     
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  28. C A N E

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    Some timeshare guys can make six figures rather easily every year.

    That is until old people die.
     
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  29. w2b

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    all just a scheme for the inevitable GoFundMe that will appear next week.
     
  30. BP

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    Just so much WTF in that article . From their ages to the lack of money to not knowing how to sail to savng up for a whole 2 years. I'm all about retiring early and traveling and seeing shit but sometimes you gotta do a little planning .
     
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    I feel worse for the pug than those 2 nitwits. Someone find out how I can adopt it
     
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  32. wes tegg

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    She wasn’t even selling timeshares; she was booking tours of timeshares. Those are the people who interrupt you while you’re on vacation to try to give you vouchers to get you to tour their shitty property.
     
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    Isn't it ironic?
     
  34. wes tegg

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    So much of this is hilarious. Lol at “seeing the world” on a 60 year old 28’ sailboat. They’re lucky they sank it when/where they did. They were going to die the second they tried open water.
     
  35. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    That's definitely coming. Article was definitely trying to spin it as a tragedy. When I saw the headline, I was expecting to read about a couple retirees that sold their house to buy a legit boat.
     
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  36. Arrec Bardwin

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    They had $90...
     
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  37. wes tegg

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    Good point. I guess they just couldn’t endure “the rat race” another month...
     
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  38. CF3234

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    That entire article i just kept thinking there is no way what I just read could be true only for it to he topped one paragraph later.

    “Couple gives up everything to sail around the world”
    -Ok seems reasonable for an older couple with no kids to do.

    “Couple is in their 20s and tired of the rat race”
    -uhh what? How can you be tired of something you just started? Did I miss where this is an onion article?

    “Couple buys a 50 year old 28 foot boat”
    -the fuck? There is no chance in hell that boat is sturdy or large enough to sail around the world in.

    “Couple has no sailing experience”
    - wait. Is this real. Am I sure this isn’t an onion article? There is no way in hell these people are this stupid.

    “Couple confused by fog and placement of channel markers.”
    -Well no shit they were confused. They have no experience boating and aren’t equipped to deal with these types of situations. I’ve been boating for 15 years and I wouldn’t feel comfortable navigating an unknown channel in the fog. Also wtf at using maps instead of a gps. It’s like these people wanted to die and their parents were more than happy to let them.

    “Couple has no insurance on the boat”
    -well of course they don’t. Least surprising thing in the entire story.
     
  39. CF3234

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    Yup. Sinking in a channel next to a marina was the best case scenario for them.
     
  40. BudKilmer

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    I enjoyed this article almost as much as the fyre fest article :laugh:

    I love reading about people like this
     
  41. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    "I quit my shittt job and blew what little money I had. Also, I am an idiot. Please give me money. "
     
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  43. Zap Branigan

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    Gone in and out of John’s Pass a bunch in friends boats. It’s not hard to go through the middle and follow the buoys. That being said not a good idea to do it at almost 9pm.
     
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  45. Boo MFer!

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    Some of the comments are hilarious.

    Anthony Rismondo
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    Every sailor has found themselves in water shallower than they thought. You are one of us


    Carlyle Sage
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    Sure wish you'd have had insurance. Good luck next time.
     
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  46. Jim Brockmire

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    The GoFundMe has a goal of $10,000. :huh:

    If I didn't know any better I'd say they're going to take good people's hard-earned and try this half-baked stunt again.

    How shallow... of them.

    They'd be better off to... channel... their energy elsewhere.

    This story is like shooting... fish... in a barrel.
    Ok I'm done.
     
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  47. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    According to the go fund me, they hit a "submerged object". I guess that's technically true.
     
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    Good to see this made other people happy. I mean it definitely made me happy but I'm an asshole so its hard for me to know if I'm justified with this kind of stuff sometimes.