Here’s a little story about the madness of two people. When we moved Gimme Shelter to Watergate Marina three years ago, we ended up sharing a slip beside a rundown O’day 25 in need of some serious elbow grease and TLC.
After almost a year on the market, the owner finally donated her to Boat Angels, and we thought that would be the last we ever heard of that vessel.
Then came along these two crazies, TJ and Kayla, who decided it was a great idea to buy a sailboat on eBay for $900 — much like my brother and myself who decided it was a great idea to buy a derelict flooded sailboat for $1000. I liked them right away.
They quickly discovered that there is no such thing as a cheap boat as they tackled a rotten floor, quirky electrical system, and an outboard that just wouldn’t run. However, they persevered.
Eight months later we were honored to be invited, along with our friends Kelly and Jennifer of MV Celtic Cross, upon the maiden voyage of the now running and aptly named SV Folie à Deux.
The outboard purred like a kitten as we motored out of the marina.
Various projects and high winds had kept us all at the dock Saturday morning, so there were smiles all around once we were out on the water.
Once we made it across the lake, Mary and Kayla dropped anchor, and TJ broke out some champagne to celebrate the event.
I think we’re even starting to convince the motor boaters that it’s time to trade up to a sailboat.
As Folie à Deux doesn’t have working running lights yet, we had to hurry back in before dark, but a great time was had by all.
Congratulations TJ and Kayla, your sailing adventures are about to begin!