Colorado couple Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh decided to do something many of us don’t have the courage to. They made a concerted effort to “live their best lives” by selling all their worldly goods and buying a sailboat so they could travel the world. I have to admit, it’s a fantasy I think of a couple of times a day alongside winning the lottery or just running away from all my troubles.
Unfortunately there’s a reason most of us don’t abandon our adult lives and throw all our money on a boat. Tanner and Nikki, aged 26 and 24, found this out only after they had sold all their belongings for $5000 and used all their $5000 savings to a buy a sailboat and get it back in shape. With no prior experience in sailing they figured they’d learn it along the way, and so on Tuesday they set off from Florida with their boat, their dog, their love for each other, and a new life free of stress and worry.
Two days later and they were navigating a channel named John’s Pass when things were starting to get difficult. They couldn’t make sense of the navigational chart and the waters were black and it was impossible to see. That’s when they struck something under water and their boat began to sink. By the time Sea Tow arrived it was too late. Their boat was ten feet under water and lost to the elements.
Speaking to reporters Walsh described what it was like to lost it all:
“I’m just standing there in awe. I just lost everything I ever owned. I see my things floating away and I can’t get to them.”
To add salt to the wound the couple will now be expected to pay $10,000 to have the vessel removed from the channel so it no longer poses a problem for other boats. But the couple are struggling to find more than $90 to their name. Bizarrely enough this event hasn’t totally destroyed their ambitions. Broadwell told reporters,
“I’m not going to give up now. I’m going to get another boat down the road.” While Amber Walsh agreed with him.
“We can’t just give up on our dreams,” she said.