And any others who are up for a road trip.
Some here are familiar with the plight of the fellow who has been stuck on the swimming beach in Gulfport FL since TS Debbie.
Here are links to the newspaper article and a thread about the situation.
Tampabay.com Ė Capt. Jay beached in Gulfport
Cruisers yacht stuck on Gulfport beach in 4 feet of sand - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
There is the expected abundance of misinformation in both the story and the thread, but the bottom line is this. I have agreed to organize an effort to get the boat off. I am very confident that with a concerted effort, enough resources can be put together to accomplish this.
As to whether or not the man deserves our help, I don't know. That's not my concern and it's been well debated in Cup's thread anyway.
My reasoning is that it's better to intervene in someone's life and perhaps set them on a better path than it would be to chop up his home, haul it off to the dump and put him on the street. Maybe the experience and the people he meets will help him to become a more responsible sailor.
Anyway, I'm going to quote my latest update to Cup's thread here in the hope that I can count on your support.
Maybe by pulling together on something like this, we can even help in the effort in "Improving SailNet".
Here's the latest update.
Jay called and left a message last night. I spoke to him this morning. He has agreed to accept our help and the accompanying conditions. He was sober and apologetic about his defensiveness last evening.
I haven't heard back from the reporter yet but Jay said he is meeting with her today and will have her call me.
I spoke to the Gulfport city manager, Jim O'Riley about an hour ago and he was very receptive to the idea and intimated that a pump truck could be made available for at least an hour. He isn't worried about a hole in the sand at the swimming beach because no matter what the fate of the boat turns out to be, that will have to be dealt with. He is putting me in touch with Dennis the harbormaster who will work with me.
The target date is Wed. August 1st. High water is 11 minutes after noon. This tide is virtually the same as date suggested earlier which was the day before. Dennis in on vacation until that day.
The boat should be laying on it's side with as many anchors or anchored boats to seaward with lines under tension well before high water.
The more people that show up the better. If each one of them had a some line or come-alongs or anchors that would be even better.
We'll need a bull horn too.
The goal now must be to amass as much gear and ground tackle and commitments from boater and volunteers to show up that morning.
The mast, according to Jay is cracked just below the spreaders, so I have work to do to stabilize it so that it can be used to lever the boat onto her side.
Please, if you have suggestions on how to advertize this so that we can have enough people show up that morning. Post them.
I'm thinking flyers, obviously the follow up newspaper article, phone calls to my customers and colleagues. What else? A web site maybe? Perhaps the donor site could help get the word out.
And lets not forget the forums. PM's, emails.
I do know a good community organizer, but I think he's a little busy these days.
What do you say sailors? Lets get this done.