White Salmon, Washington

After major logistical and legal nightmares – largely revolving around trying to get a boat trailer bought in Antigua street-legalised in the US – my boat Sedna has at long last arrived at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida. I still haven’t seen her, as I’m 3500 miles away on the West Coast. The report on her condition from MOSI is as follows:

“The interior of the cockpit was covered in tree debris and water. We have vacuumed all the water out and are working at cleaning the tree ‘crud’ from the fiberglass surfaces. It may have stained the surfaces a little.

As you may know, the boat does not sit well on this trailer and it actually has rotated a little and is not sitting ‘flat’. I don’t know what stresses that is putting on the hull…”


I’m still finalising my schedule for the next few months, but chances are that the first time I’ll see Sedna will be at the end of March. Given that there have been no reports of major structural damage, I’m optimistic that we can have her shipshape in plenty of time for my July launch date.

So I’m not panicking yet. I was already expecting her to be rusty, mouldy, and to need an entirely new electrical system. I’m hoping that the rest of her problems are nothing that a good clean-up and a lick of paint won’t solve.

In the meantime, I would like to hereby give thanks where thanks are due. I am forever indebted for the huge and generous contribution of time and effort by Scott Stemm, the brother of a friend of a friend, whom I’ve never even met. It is due to the kindness of strangers such as Scott that crazy expeditions like mine are made possible. If you ever feel jaded about human nature, I would highly recommend embarking on an ambitious adventure – it absolutely brings out the best in your fellow man (and woman). I am constantly amazed at the generosity and altruism of people who have nothing to gain other than the possibility of profuse thanks and a bit of reflected glory – and of course, a mention on my website. Thanks, Scott – and to Greg his brother, and also to Josh and Daniel Sampiero who retrieved Sedna from hock in the port of Miami. I look forward to meeting these two pairs of brothers when I make it over to Florida, and saying thank you face-to-face.

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