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#261954 - 01/07/08 10:37 PM What happened to the sailboat with all the coffee?
JRinSC Offline
I can't find the thread about the people from Houston that were taking the 5 tons of coffee to the States, ran into worst weather than was predicted and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

Were they able to reboard and save the boat? I went out on the pier and took a look at the boat -- hope it made it!!
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#261955 - 01/07/08 10:43 PM Re: What happened to the sailboat with all the coffee? [Re: JRinSC]
SP Daily Offline
No word yet on the attempted salvage of the boat.

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#262053 - 01/08/08 02:42 PM Re: What happened to the sailboat with all the coffee? [Re: SP Daily]
JRinSC Offline
Thanks, Jesse
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#262684 - 01/12/08 10:14 AM Re: What happened to the sailboat with all the coffee? [Re: JRinSC]
Marty Offline
Eco-friendly coffee boat believed sunk

By Rhiannon Meyers
The Daily News
Published January 12, 2008

GALVESTON — Somewhere in the murky bottom of the Gulf of Mexico lies nearly 4,000 pounds of coffee that Joe and Terry Butcher had spent the past two years saving to buy.

After Joe, Terry and Doug Butcher were rescued from their sinking sailboat Red Cloud on New Year’s Day, they vowed to return to salvage the boat and the coffee onboard so they could sell it for a profit. But, last week, they tracked the boat’s beacon hundreds of miles offshore and found nothing but open water. They assume the Red Cloud has sunk, Terry Butcher said.

“Our life savings and investment was in the boat,” she said. “It was our home and business.”

Joe and Terry Butcher, owners of El Lago Coffee Co., along with Joe’s brother, Douglas Butcher, had planned to ship the coffee from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in Belize to Galveston Bay to promote eco-friendly coffee trading.

The trio hit trouble New Year’s Day when waves swelled to 25 feet and the winds kicked up to 30 to 35 knots, said Petty Officer Mario Romero of the U.S. Coast Guard. Their engine had died earlier, and the 42-foot boat tossed, turned and filled with water.

“It was unbelievable,” Terry Butcher said. “It was like it wasn’t happening, but it was.”

The Coast Guard rescued them three hours after they called for help and delivered them to Ellington Field.

“When we called for help, that was it — that was our last straw,” Terry Butcher said. “That was all we could do. There was no way we were going to make it another night on the boat.”

The boat, built nearly 40 years ago and refurbished for the trip, was not insured, Terry Butcher said. The Butchers lost the almost 4,000 pounds of coffee they had planned to sell at $20 a pound — which would total about $80,000.

They salvaged only 8 pounds of coffee, the boat’s papers and a camera.

Terry Butcher said the three gave the Coast Guard one pound of coffee as a thank-you gift. They plan to sell the remaining 7 pounds of coffee on eBay.

Terry Butcher said although they’re still shaken up by the ordeal and disappointed about losing the boat, they have not given up on their dream to ship coffee in an eco-friendly manner.

“Joe’s already looking at boats,” she said.

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#262930 - 01/14/08 10:24 PM Re: What happened to the sailboat with all the cof [Re: Marty]
JRinSC Offline
Thanks, Marty

Not exactly what any of us wanted to hear. The boat was at the concrete pier just north of BC's the week we were there and I met and talked with Paul of Caye Coffee. He told me the long story of their adventures up to that point and how hard he had worked to get that huge order together. Wow... who would have thought. I have a picture of me with the boat in the background.

Wish I heard of a better end to the story!! frown
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#262952 - 01/14/08 11:41 PM Re: What happened to the sailboat with all the cof [Re: JRinSC]
GAY AND DAVID Offline
if i saw "packages" floating in galveston bay, i would not dream of opening them!!!

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#262993 - 01/15/08 04:00 PM Re: What happened to the sailboat with all the cof [Re: GAY AND DAVID]
Diane Campbell Offline
Didn't the marine weather forecasts post info that could have alerted sailors not to venture out in one of the the harshest cold fronts in years?

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