A couple’s plan for a better life has been sunk.
Nikki Walsh, 24, and boyfriend Tanner Broadwell, 26, decided nearly a year ago that they were tired of working.
“How can we live “peoples lives” when we’re operating most of the day and you have to pay so much just to live? ” Walsh, who booked timeshare tours for a living, said to the New York Post.
“Most of the operate you do goes to your home. There has to be another option, ” she added.
So, the Colorado couple sold all their furniture and their SUV and bought a 49 -year-old boat in Alabama to live on and eventually sail the world in.
The couple moved onto the 28 -foot boat, which was in the marina of Tarpon Springs, a town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and lived there for months with their two-year-old pug, Remy, while they stocked up on food and supplies.
“We were pretty prepared, ” Walsh said, of meeting items to last them for their planned trip-up to the Caribbean.
However, the two were not prepared for what happened next.
Nearly two days into their venture, the couple’s boat capsized in a channel of water called John’s Pass.
“We supposed the channel was where we were going, but it wasn’t, ” Walsh told the New York Post, telling the publication they were armed with GPS and paper navigation charts.
Local boat captains am telling the sandbars often change in John’s Pass, the Post reported.
“We started freaking out because waves were coming, and it was tossing our boat backward and forward, ” Walsh recalled.
Broadwell was at the rear of the barge, comprising onto Remy when the difficulty hit.
“My hands were shaking. We were scared, ” she said.
Before abandoning ship, Walsh said they grabbed some clothes and important documents, as well as things for their dog.
“I likewise grabbed Remy’s food and just about everything he necessity, ” said Walsh. “He doesn’t deserve to go without his favorite toys.”
Walsh admitted she and her boyfriend, who used to drive for Uber, were “new to sailing.”
However, the couple, who has been left with only $90 in cash , no employment creation and no barge insurance, say they are still hopeful for their world-sailing programs and have started a GoFundMe imploring people to help them “not give up on[ their] dreams.”
The pair are trying $10,000 to rescue the vessel, which sunk off the coast of Madeira Beach, FL. Walsh said elevating the craft alone will cost at least $6,700.
“We have a lot of household helping us, but it’s hard when you’ve “ve lost everything”, ” Walsh told The Post from Jacksonville, where the couple is staying with loved ones.
Though the pair seem down and out, they still plan to “buy or salvage another boat” at some phase and “try try try again, ” Walsh writes on the GoFundMe.
“You simply have one life. Why expend it doing what you don’t love. Money isn’t everything! ” Walsh told the Post.