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My heart goes out to these guys, they have been missing since Friday. The coastguard has been searching based on cell phone pings but so far has found nothing. The wife of one of the boaters said the boat had a history of engine problems.


This photo is interesting to me in that the boat is in the launch position the guy driving the truck is walking towards the boat and the guy in the boat is back near the engine and not at the helm. It makes me wonder if they were having an issue with the engine at the ramp.


Not to be preachy, but this situation serves as a reminder to have an epirb on the boat if you're fishing way offshore, enough anchor rope (if possible) for where you're fishing, and it's also a good idea to have a Garmin Inreach Sat communicator as well. You can get both a personal epirb and Sat com for under $800 a small price to pay when you're broken down or in trouble offshore.


May the Lord bring these two home safety
 

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Adrift in the Gulfstream for two days, they could be hundreds of miles north. God be with them. Praying for a safe return. Preparedness is of the utmost importance when venturing offshore.
 

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Hard to believe the boat is still afloat. With all the search craft and aircraft looking. Something else going on possibly. Hope they are found safe. The gulfstream runs North at 4 MPH.
 

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Hard to believe the boat is still afloat. With all the search craft and aircraft looking. Something else going on possibly. Hope they are found safe. The gulfstream runs North at 4 MPH.
I’m sure you’ve been in the Gulfstream several times in your day Ron. I have run a boat across it four times on trips to the Bahamas. It sure seems like it is moving faster than four knots.. you can even see it when you are approaching it. Like a swift river running north..
One of the oddest things I have ever seen in the ocean. A good ole Louisiana blue rip is pretty odd as well..
Anyway, I sure hope they find these two guys alive.
 

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First four years 60 to 64 experimental Destroyer Escort. New london conn to cape hattaras then straight across to Burmuda sit on station listening for a month then back to New London. 2 or 3 times a year.
Then 5- 6 month med cruises on 300 ft long ASRs In my last 16 years retired 1980. Wouldn't trade it for anything. And I stayed seasick for my entire navy carrier. That was the real Navy.
 

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PLB cost under $300, same capability as an EPIRB, but smaller and more portable, you can wear it. And I wish boat bottoms were required to be orange or more visible when overturned in a sea of whitecaps.
Hope they are found alive soon.
 

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Starting to look like a bad outcome, sad to think but man.... that's a bunch of eyeballs and radars looking. Plus they found his tackle bag (allegedly) confirmed. That's bad too. Who would let their tackle bag go if the boat was afloat?

Safety check every trip. I've been slacking lately.
 

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My thoughts exactly, Its a sobering reminder of what can happen out there. My first thought was that they had engine trouble but with the discovery of the bag I'm pretty sure the boat went down for some reason.


I read an article where his wife said that the boat had some kinks they ere trying to work out on the boat. Who knows what that could be but obviously something went wrong.

My advice to anyone going more that 5 miles offshore is; Check and understand the weather forecast. Make sure essential systems are working perfectly,things like bilge pumps and battery charge. Have back ups where possible thinks like hose clamps, zip ties fuel lines, anchor, and prop with hardware. Have a tool kit, have a med kit, epirb, vhf, around here at least 600 feet of anchor rope. A sea anchor is a good thing to have. Dont cheap out on life vests buy offshore vests. Have plenty of battery powered lights as well as chemical lights. Get a flair gun not just hand helds and have several flairs at least 5 or 6, I have 8. Tell someone were you're going and stick with the float plan. Have at least 3 days of drinking water on board. I'm sure I left some out
 

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Had a buddy in the GOM last July tie up to a rig off Ft Morgan to fish and the boat sank out from under them in less than 2 min. The livewell pump broke off the through-hull as they made their way and nobody noticed it. It overran the bilge pump and they rolled over and capsized before they understood what was happening.

In other words, it can happen fast and you don't have much time to react. In an older boat like that, it was likely engine trouble and they took water over the stern or a through-hull broke an took on water internally. I just don't see how that boat is still right-side-up and they haven't been located yet.

Prayers for the family and friends, but hope is certainly dwindling since they found the tackle bag afloat and not the boat.
 

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some one posted a brochure from robalo for that year and model and it says its a foam filled hull. Praying its right and enough to keep them a float. This is exactly why I set up my MMSI number and bought a garmin inreach. I just think its odd they are still not found. Lots of eyes on the water looking .
 

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The gulfstream comes across from Africa. Then around Canaveral it starts to go north. My cell app called My Radar shows now that the gulfstream would push them toward shore in a NNE direction. Why only a bag with fishing gear found? No ice chests seat cushions nothing else. I Hope for the best.
 

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The gulfstream comes across from Africa. Then around Canaveral it starts to go north. My cell app called My Radar shows now that the gulfstream would push them toward shore in a NNE direction. Why only a bag with fishing gear found? No ice chests seat cushions nothing else. I Hope for the best.
They have found other debris items but the tackle bag is the only identifiable item they can tie directly to the boat. Other items were generally trash items and a cooler top. I hope the family gets some closure in this situation.
 
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