After offers of boats and cash to recover their craft, former Summit County couple say they’ve got a lot to be thankful for


A portion of Nikki Walsh and Tanner Broadwell's sailboat, the Lagniappe, is visible above the water in a channel just off Madeira Beach, Fla. The boat struck a submerged object and sank on Feb. 7, 2018.

A crowdfunding campaign that blew away its fundraising goal in three days. Multiple offers from people seeking to give them free boats. The support of friends, family and a ton of strangers around the world.

Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, who moved to Florida from Summit County, feel like they have a lot to be thankful for, even if the sailboat they poured their life savings into is now sitting at the bottom of a Florida channel.

The couple made international news over the weekend after their 28-foot vessel, the Lagniappe, struck a submerged object Wednesday night and sank in John’s Pass, a channel off of Madeira Beach, Fla., east of Tampa Bay. The outpouring of support that has accompanied that news coverage caught the couple by surprise.

“We have been getting blown up with all kinds of people offering us their boats,” Broadwell said in an interview with The Denver Post Monday. “It’s amazing. It’s great that people want to help us.

“But before I can get a new boat, we have to deal with the old boat, which is what we’re doing right now,” he said.

The accident came two days into the couple’s planned trip to Key West, Fla., their first big solo sailing jaunt after they sold most of their belongings last spring and moved from Summit County to Florida to pursue dreams of forgetting the workaday world and sailing the Caribbean. Walsh, Broadwell and their pug, Remy, got off safely, but aside from a cellphone and about $80, all of their belongings went down with the ship. They had no insurance and are on the hook for an estimated $10,000 operation to pull their vessel from the water and junk it, they say.

GoFundMeA portion of Nikki Walsh and Tanner Broadwell’s sailboat, the Lagniappe, is visible above the water …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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