A Colorado couple sank a sailboat that they bought after selling all their stuff in a matter of two days.
The Associated Press reported the following:
A couple who abandoned their workaday lives to buy a sailboat for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure instead lost almost everything when it sank on day two of their journey off Florida.
News outlets report that Tanner Broadwell, Nikki Walsh and their pet pug escaped injury when the 28-foot boat hit something and capsized Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico near Madeira Beach. But the couple says just about everything else on the boat floated away.
The couple had no sailing experience, save for some help from Broadwell’s father. (emphasis added)
They said they planned to escape modern life on the sailboat after leaving Breckenridge, Colorado, last year. Now Broadwell says they have no jobs, no savings and no place to go.
I’m no genius, although some people might tell you otherwise, but I’m pretty damn sure selling all your stuff, buying a boat, sinking the boat and not having any sailing experience is the definition of being an idiot.
I hate to say we could have all seen this coming, but these two were setting up for a disaster from the start. Boats are awesome, but maybe don’t buy one if you have no other money. Also don’t buy one that you don’t know how to sail. I feel like these are very obvious statements, but apparently not obvious enough.
Why would anybody ever do this? Look, I’m all for a little adventure on a boat. I’ve had some fun times on the water, especially when bikini-clad women are involved. However, there’s not enough fun on this planet that could convince me to sell off all my stuff and live a life on the ocean. If I was going to do that, perhaps I’d take a few sailing lessons first. Obviously, it’s good that these two people survived, but it’s impressive how dumb you have to be to go on the ocean unprepared.