Is This The Dumbest Couple In America?
Couple sells everything to buy boat, doesn't learn how to sail, promptly sinks boat
Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh had a dream that only a handful can ever hope to achieve — to give up their nine-to-five jobs and sail around the world.
The couple sold all their worldly possessions in Colorado last year, lived a frugal life, and saved every last penny to buy a 28-foot sailboat named Lagniappe.
The dream, however, didn’t last long as their boat capsized after just two days at sea. The boat tipped over off the coast of Florida on Wednesday night after being struck by a foreign object.
In just 20 minutes, Tanner and Nikki lost practically everything.
They were forced to abandon the ship but managed to grab their social security cards, some cash (about $90), his ID, her phone, and their 2-year-old Pug named Remy.
The couple have no jobs, no savings, and no shelter, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
"I sold everything I had to do this," Tanner said, "and I lost everything in a matter of 20 minutes."
Tanner, 26, and Nikki, 24, shelled out $5,000 for the vessel, which had no insurance, and face spending up to $10,000 to get the sailboat out of the water.
They planned to live on a sailboat and see the world because they were tired of the corporate rat race.
"We got so tired of that lifestyle," Tanner said, "of doing things to make people do the things they don’t want to do."
The couple set sail from Tarpon Springs, Florida, on Tuesday although they didn’t have any sailing experience.
“Everybody gave us a nice farewell off the docks," Tanner said.
The next day they passed by Clearwater Beach and dock for the night at John’s Pass. Then everything went wrong while they began navigating an unknown channel.
The pair were rescued — but the Lagniappe will never be able to sail again.
Tanner and Nikki, however, aren’t the fainthearted; they have vowed to set sail again on another adventure in the future.
"I’m not going to give up now," Broadwell said. "I’m going to get another boat down the road."
"We can’t just give up on our dreams," Walsh said. Hopefully he’ll learn how to sail before he buys the next one.
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