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Old 07-04-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Article from Fort Walton Daily News:



Jack Roberts never named his 16-foot Sportsman fishing boat, though friends warned him that would bring him bad luck.
Two days after it capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, the boat finally has an unofficial name – Sorry Boat.
“That boat’s been nothing but trouble since I’ve had it,” says the Fort Walton Beach man.
Roberts, his two adult sons and a Chihuahua named BooBoo were rescued by another boat after the Sunday afternoon capsizing. Still on board is $2,000 in fishing gear and one wallet with $800 in cash.
In order to save himself $2,400 in salvage fees, Roberts has posted an ad on Craiglist, offering to give the boat, the fishing gear and the cash in the wallet to whoever will bring it into shore. The fishing gear was strapped down and the wallet was in a closed cubby.
The boat capsized near the old Destin Bridge rubble reef, about two miles offshore.
“The Coast Guard said if the boat doesn’t come out of the water, they’re going to charge me with a crime,” he said. “And somebody can sue me if they hit the boat.”
So far, he’s had some calls and so has the Coast Guard, from folks hoping to nail down the coordinates of the capsized boat.
Roberts says all he wants is the title, so that he can sign it right back over to the person who brings it in.
He’s grateful to the captain of a nearby boat, who helped bring them safely to shore.
And he’s angry with two other boats who ignored their cries for help as they scrambled to get on top of the rolled vessel.
“Everybody did a really good job,” he said. “We were in shock, disbelief. We didn’t even have time to get our life jackets on.”

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Old 07-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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Nice I bet that a diver with a good side scanning bottom machine will find that pretty quick and "salvage" that $800 now lol
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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Who wants to bet the gear and wallet will be gone before the boat.haha.that sucks his boat sunk though.
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Beach attendants claim boat that capsized in Gulf


Read more: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles...#ixzz1zwbAGE9l

SANDESTIN — When Dustin Kimberley and two of his fellow beach service workers saw a large object floating offshore Tuesday, they thought it was a whale.
Kimberley got on one kayak and Dylan Detiege and Lincoln Thompson shared a double. They paddled out and discovered it was a boat floating upside down.
“A boat adrift is fair game,” Kimberley said.
At the time, they didn’t realize a Fort Walton Beach man had put an ad on Craigslist, offering to give his 16-foot Sportsman fishing boat and its contents to anyone who salvaged it.
View photos of the boat recovery.
Jack Roberts and his two adult sons were on the boat Sunday when it capsized about two miles off-shore. He was disgusted with the boat and the possibility of being cited for leaving it in the Gulf of Mexico.
In his ad, he promised $800 in a wallet on the boat, $2,000 in fishing gear and the boat itself to anyone who towed it in.
Kimberley said he and his buddies didn’t necessarily have the right equipment to tow a boat 1,000 yards to shore. But they did have something else.
“We don’t have any technology, but we’re beach service guys and we have muscles,” he said.
As they got close to shore, a crowd gathered and several people waded in the water and helped to flip the boat over and pull it out.
Later, a co-worker told Kimberley about the ad and an article that had run in the Daily News on Wednesday.
By Friday, Kimberley had the boat on a trailer in a storage yard at Sandestin, title in hand.
He’d gone through the wallet in a cubbyhole on the boat and discovered a disappointing $12 rather than the larger sum stated in the ad.
But he, Detiege and Thompson still have the boat. Their latest plan is to sell it and split the money.
“We’re kind of trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it,” he said. “We’re all just college students with kayaks.”


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Old 07-07-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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where did the motor go?
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where did the motor go?
Hummmm......maybe the boat didn't sink like it was suppose to?
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I would send him a bill for $788 if I were those guys. Only $12 in the wallet? Guess the Snapper ate the rest?
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Yeh, where did the $800 and the fishing gear go ? I doubt somebody would take all the money but $12 and leave the wallet. Something stinks here. At least the kids got a boat. Good for them.
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Yeh, where did the $800 and the fishing gear go ? I doubt somebody would take all the money but $12 and leave the wallet. Something stinks here. At least the kids got a boat. Good for them.

I agree not cool to throw out a figure just to get out of paying the fine himself, at least the kids did it without even knowing about the supposed $800
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lol...The motor is gone along with a few other things.?? I dont see any strapped down fishing gear...
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