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Thought some of you would appreciate a follow up to the grounding/wreck of the Gypsy Dane off Cape Hatteras a few weeks ago. The boat is off the beach now but not yet to the yard.


"<small>If you’ve driven through Avon in the past week and a half, you’ve probably noticed something a little strange—namely, the large sailboat hogging the Ramp 38 parking lot.

The boat is the Gypsy Dane, a 50-foot sailboat that crashed into an Avon beach, about a mile south of the pier, on Saturday, Nov. 15.

After sitting on the beach for more than a week, enduring bad weather and even worse luck, the Gypsy Dane, at the behest of the Park Service, was finally moved off the beach by Steve Steiner, a licensed house mover and owner of Steiner and Daughters House Moving and Raising in Pantego, N.C.

Steiner agreed to move the boat in exchange for ownership. The owner of the boat, Yves Oger of Toronto, who was sailing the boat to Charleston, S.C., apparently had no insurance and lacked to funds to pay for the salvage operation. He has refused media interviews since he washed up on the beach, after, he reportedly said, he went below deck to make a sandwich.

Steiner dug the boat out of the sand, lifted it onto steel beams on a massive trailer, hauled it down the beach, and over Ramp 38. According to the National Park Service, which issued a special use permit for the move, the ramp had to be widened slightly and sand had to be added and packed down to make the trip up and over the ramp possible with the big boat and massive trailer.

Steiner parked the boat in the NPS parking lot until he could remove the masts and move it to dry dock at Steve Crum’s stables in Buxton.

Now, a week and half later—and almost three weeks after its arrival— the boat is still sitting in the parking lot, and the permit, required by the Park Service, that allows Steiner to take the necessary measures to move the boat off Park Service property, has expired.

Even though Steiner has not yet moved the boat off Park Service Property, which he was required to do under the conditions of the permit, NPS is willing to work with him.

"We will allow him a reasonable amount of time to move the boat," said Hatteras Island District Ranger John McCutcheon. "However, if it isn't moved in two weeks or so, I am going to be unhappy."

Initially, his main concern was making sure the boat didn’t break up on the beach, but McCutcheon now sees safety issues with the steel beams that extend past the sides of the trailer, and says he wants the boat off the parking lot before the holiday visitors arrive.

Steiner is confident that he and his crew can get the boat moved within the Park Service’s time frame, but they still have quite a bit of work to do.

First, Steiner will have to acquire permits from the North Carolina Department of Transportation in order to pull the trailer down the highway.

“They should issue the permits within a day, two days tops,” Steiner said, adding that he anticipated sending his paperwork to Raleigh by Friday, Dec. 5.

Once he receives his DOT permits, Steiner will have to arrange for a highway patrol escort from the parking lot to the stables, and, given the width of the boat, the move will most likely require closing down both lanes of traffic on Highway 12.

But perhaps the biggest challenge for Steiner, and the task most likely to put a kink in his timeline, will be removing the masts, which must be done before the boat can be moved. This will require tedious labor, careful maneuvering, and a really big crane.

He had originally planned on contracting with Murray Clark, better known as “Frisco Mo,” to tackle the project, and had hoped he would start Thursday or Friday, Dec. 4 or 5, but by Thursday night, Dec.5, their plans had fallen through because of business disagreements.

In spite of the challenges, Steiner doesn’t seem too worried.

“We’ll get it figured out,” he said with confidence. “There’s nothing we can’t move.” "

The Whole Story...Here:

Island Free Press ...Local News
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moderators, moderators, moderators

this troll has double posted here, this requires at least a one week ban

show no mercy!
 

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Moderators Moderators...Xort continues to launch personal attacks against me in violation of the rules and community standards. Please institute a lifetime ban!! :D


....and delete this thread!!
 

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Isn't this about the time in a thread, when a poster is leaving the forum that the discussion turns to barnyard animals?
 

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Xort—

Have mercy on the poor fellow, he's an RV driver, and the exhaust fumes have probably addled what few brain cells they left behind... :)
 

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Yah!! An RV driver who puts his vehicle on "Cruise Control" and goes back and makes himself a sandwich. :D
 

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Moderators Moderators...Xort continues to launch personal attacks against me in violation of the rules and community standards. Please institute a lifetime ban!! :D


....and delete this thread!!

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That was a low blow; speaking of low blows...:eek:
 

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As a general rule, any business venture involving a person named "Frisco Mo" will end badly. I detect a certain glee in the newspaper report. Mr. Steiner is learning the first rule of boat ownership: Acquiring the boat is the easy part. Get out the wallet -- you landed yourself a doozy.
 

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Just roll it into the freakin' water! It's A BOAT! If it floats, sail it/tow it home. If it doesn't, jump in the dinghy and call it a day. Life doesn't have to be this hard, Mr. Steiner!
 
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