Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, were ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
The couple told People that they’d dreamed about having a boat of their own to travel the seas for an extended trip. Over the course of two years, Tanner and Nikki made their dream come true, saving up money and selling their belongings (even their car!) in order to buy a sailboat.
Tanner and Nikki paid $5,000 for a boat built in 1969. The two spent weeks fixing up the 28-foot boat, naming it “Lagniappe” (meaning “extra grift” in Creole). Tanner’s dad showed them how to handle the sailboat over the course of months, taking short trips to test out their skills. The young couple moved onto the boat, living on it since April.
On February 6, 2018, the two finally set sail for their big adventure. At first, everything went well.
“The first day we anchored outside of an island and caught the sunset and made burritos, it was perfect,” Nikki recalled. “The second day we had dolphins swimming alongside our boat for hours. It was an amazing start to our trip.”
But soon, disaster struck.
On the second night, Tanner and Nikki crashed into an unknown object hidden in the dark water when they attempted to sail towards John’s Pass, a fishing village off the coast of Florida. The collision wrecked the bottom of the sailboat, allowing water to rush into the cabin. As the boat began to sink, Tanner and Nikki only had time to save themselves, their pug, Remy, and the cash they had on them.
“I was speechless to see all my things floating, and not being able to take them,” Nikki explained. “And what was even worse is I saw my dreams going down with the boat. Everything we planned was just disappearing within minutes.”
The Coast Guard has also demanded that the couple get their capsized vessel out of the water, a process which will cost about $10,000. But the couple didn’t have insurance on the sailboat and, having left their jobs to sail the world, they also don’t have any income.
Tanner and Nikki set up a GoFundMe to raise the money they need to retrieve their boat and to hopefully purchase a new boat to continue their adventure — and they’re already grateful for the overwhelming generosity shown by strangers.
“It’s very moving to know that a lot of people want to see us continue to live out our dream,” Tanner said. “We are planning to get back on the water as soon as possible and keep everyone caught up with our adventures.”
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