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Pirate Survives Hurricane, vessel unknown
Ahoy, BigRed. My connection to the Internet has been horrible to nonexistent since charley, but I finally got through. So glad to hear you are OK, despite the boat damage.
Our community in Punta Gorda a few dozen miles north of you was devastated, as you know. Hopefully, we can get a roof, windows, and doors in the next 2-3 months.
As for our new-to-us boat (1999 Catalina 36), our neighbor''s 46 foot powerboat broke loose and smashed her good. She''s on the hard at Gasparilla Marine awaiting new: rudder, stanchions, lifelines, bow and stern pulpits, roller furler, backstay. She''ll also need some serous hull repair where the powerboat smashed her at the stern quarter cleat, not to mention gelcoat repair where she rubbed against the seawall for a few hours.
I read of your offer of assistance and that is much appreciated. We''re cleaned up as best we can do; now we have to await the contractors who can fix the damage. If the boat gets repaired in a decent time frame, we might just decide to take off for a series of several week cruises and check back in on the house progress. When this is all over, I might be selling pencils on a street corner, but what the hell.
Stay well, Pirate, and the rest of you out there, too.