May 27, 2014
When I saw where they were headed, my big concern was that they would inadvertantly infringe Cuban territorial waters. Now that they're at Key West and headed north, that danger at least is alleviated, and I'm glad.
The LAST thing you needed was for your parents to be captured and held by Cuban authorities.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tue May 27 21:02:18 2014 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue May 27 21:58:35 2014 (X/kQu)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed May 28 01:00:52 2014 (RqRa5)
Posted by: Ben at Wed May 28 11:10:04 2014 (DRaH+)
Cuba heard about the waterspout thing.
You know, it strikes me that it's not just that the boat needs an overhaul, but that your parents need some kind of Murphy's Law repellent. You might seriously want to look into St. Christopher medals (or St. Nicholas medals, given the seafaring thing).
OTOH, they did a lot better with an ocean ship than I would have done! I can help you with a lake or a river, and that's about it.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed May 28 15:10:37 2014 (nh8FR)
back in '89, when i made that trip, the fine for discharge was about the same, but they looked the other way if you were in a bad situation. I seriously doubt that would be the case nowadays.
I wish them well on the rest of the journey. Do you think they are going to try again?
Posted by: topmaker at Wed May 28 18:15:36 2014 (2yZsg)
How close to shore can your parents sail and still ride the Gulf Stream? Hopefully close enough that they can make a quick dash to safety if the weather turns nasty, or if something else on the boat craps out. (In an emergency, they could run for shore on engine power, and never mind the oil leak--they might have to pay a fine, but at least they'd be safe.)
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Wed May 28 18:39:33 2014 (wa0JQ)
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