Thursday July 6th. Keep your fingers crossed.

Written by Jack van Ommen on July 6th, 2017

Or better yet say a prayer for two successful operations. On my back tomorrow and on “Fleetwood” on Saturday. The first one, the kyphoplasty, is well prepared and should be routine. There is a chance that “Fleetwood” could be resuscitated. I had a number of turn downs from salvage contractors to refloat and dispose of the wreck. Then late yesterday a plan formed to drag the wreck onto a “bulkheader” a small flattop barge that is used to construct seawalls and docks, with an excavator. This would effect the removal order but it would be highly unlikely that it would leave the boat in a repairable state, just salvage and dumpster junk. A little later in the evening I received a FB message from a young man who had spotted the boat last weekend on an outing to the islands. He took a close look and he has come up with a possibility to refloat and lift the boat with a travel lift at a boat yard in Cape Charles. He is going to dive to take a better look at the keel joint this Saturday. If there is too much damage and to difficult to pump her dry for towing then we will go for the “bulkheader” plan. So, pray and stay tuned.

The other good piece of news is that I just bought a hard disk drive enclosure and the hard drive on my old Toshiba is good and I am transferring the files to the (even older) Toshiba Satellite that Jeannine has donated. Most of my pictures of the last part of the circumnavigation are on there, my e-mails and word files etc. The hard drive of the newer lenovo is up next.



3 Comments so far ↓

  1. jack says:

    Where there’s a will there’s a way. Keep positive thoughts…Fleetwood might just sail again…

  2. OKI SLABBERT says:


  3. Brian Timpe says:

    Just got north in the Gulf of California to Santa Rosalia and the internet. So sad to hear of the ordeals you are going through. You are in our thoughts, as one of the sailing royalty we’ve met on our short time at sea.
    Best of luck with the health issues and Fleetwood.

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