Ralph via SAT phone (transcribed)
Hi, we got the boat out of the water today, we are doing an inspection. This boat is just unbelievable! With any other small boat like it, we would probably have died while we were out at sea working for 6 days to get through the storm. The boat just unbelievably held together. No stress cracks, no fractures, no problems whatsoever. It has become evident that we did hit a little tiny iceberg called a growler. It ripped off a sacrificial skeg that we have underneath the boat to protect the motor. It is completely gone, but it is designed to be sacrificial, and so it did its job just fine. We are unbelievably pleased.
There is a broad rail that has been damaged, but we know where that came from. That is when the alligator bit it when Pete Rostell was out alligator hunting. By the way, that is true, that is not a joke. I think that it was a 12 foot alligator that bit the side of the boat. Unfortunately that was after Pete captured the alligator and it ripped part of the rail off. So that it is damaged just like it was before.
The boat has just done unbelievably well. When you stop and think that we are in a flats boat, 6 days at sea, going through a major storm and we are totally safe. Just unbelievable! We never ever felt like we were in danger, even in the storm the boat handles just fine. We did discover that the skeg was ripped off, but we understand that was what it was designed for. We are pretty sure where it happened, but anyways the sacrificial skeg is gone. We will be fixing the little bit of damage from that being ripped off. That is what it is designed for. It is designed to be ripped off. The boat is perfect and we are grateful for that.
We are grateful for all of the people in Greenland that have been unbelievably nice to us. A local newspaper reporter paid for a crane operator to pull the boat out of the water! This was unbelievable kindness. People say: “I want to be a sponsor”, “I want to be part of this project”, ok, because people love heroes, and that is what we are talking about. We are talking about our heroes. Yes, John Harvey, George Holmes and Dewey Johnson are my heroes, but they are not necessarily yours. But again, we are grateful for all heroes, all policemen, all firemen, and all warriors that stand up for what is right and put their lives on the line, at risk all of the time. With that in mind, we are grateful for the “I Am Second” partners.
Boy, that boat looks beautiful out of the water! I am going to take more pictures of it and try to get some on line.
Thank you so much, you have a wonderful day and God bless you. Bye Bye