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Catatonic 500 #144919
09/27/2017 06:42 PM
09/27/2017 06:42 PM
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sailaway42 Offline OP
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Dirk and Sandy have been owners and frequent captain/mate/chef aboard Catatonic 440 since we purchased her in 2007. Sadly, Catatonic was lost during Irma in Hurricane Hole, St. John. Catatonic provided too many vacations of a lifetime to count and the outpouring of support from our guests has been heartwarming (https://www.facebook.com/yachtcatatonic). Dirk returned to Hurricane Hole the day after Irma to find Catatonic inverted, high and dry in the mangroves. A day charter catamaran, Off Cay, that had sailed out of the storm, adopted Dirk and they spent the week after Irma assisting with emergency communications and helping with on site relief on St. John. Our goal is to help rebuild the cruising grounds we have come to love so much in the Virgin Islands. We established http://vistrongcharters.org which will offer captain-only humanitarian charters aboard vessels that survived Irma in coordination with http://sailorshelping.org to help local business that attract charters rebuild.

We also acted immediately to locate another owner’s version flybridge Lagoon catamaran. We looked at over a dozen catamarans in Florida only three days after returning stateside. We are happy to announce that we found the perfect catamaran to continue Catatonic’s legacy. Many of our bookings for Catatonic have agreed to re-book their charters dates with us in our temporary cruising grounds this fall, the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas. Our first charter of the season commences October 22 and many of our charters are rebooking flights to join us aboard. For their loyalty we are upgrading them from our 2005 Lagoon 440 to the 2011 Lagoon 500 at no additional charge. We have secured all of our water toys and will share our love of the Abacos (Sandy and I were married and chartered in 2002 & 2016) with our guests. Between Abacos charters, Dirk will be operating captain only humanitarian charters in the Virgin Islands. We will reposition Catatonic 500 from the Abacos to the Virgin Islands as soon as we get our first booking in VI booking in 2018. Thanks, Captain Dirk & Sandy #VIStrong

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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: sailaway42] #144920
09/27/2017 07:07 PM
09/27/2017 07:07 PM
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Somewhere out there
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Well done jumping back in, boat prices will only go up.


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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: kneafseym] #144921
09/27/2017 08:01 PM
09/27/2017 08:01 PM
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We are interested. What is the best contact method?

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: Cleobeach] #144922
09/27/2017 08:06 PM
09/27/2017 08:06 PM
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South Jersey, USA
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Congrats guys!



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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: boatjunkie] #144923
09/27/2017 09:41 PM
09/27/2017 09:41 PM
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Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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Cant wait to sail her with you..is she Catatonic 2??

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: sailaway42] #144924
09/28/2017 06:59 AM
09/28/2017 06:59 AM
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You are doing a great thing! I snooped on your facebook link, the photo of you on the barren hillside says it all. Congrats on the new cat and like all the islanders your resiliency is admired. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif" alt="" />

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: BEERMAN] #144925
09/28/2017 07:34 AM
09/28/2017 07:34 AM
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Petoskey, MI
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We've always wanted to sail the Abacos - congrats!

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: CottageGirl] #144926
09/28/2017 10:19 AM
09/28/2017 10:19 AM
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Bradenton, FL
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Us too...we want to get our boat there next year if we can.


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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: Winterstale] #144927
09/28/2017 11:22 AM
09/28/2017 11:22 AM
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Maryland
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Beautiful boat! Congratulations!

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: Twanger] #144928
09/28/2017 02:02 PM
09/28/2017 02:02 PM
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Winston Salem, NC
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Such fabulous news for you. Congrats!

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: lonewolf1977] #144929
09/28/2017 03:16 PM
09/28/2017 03:16 PM
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Seabrook, Texas, USA
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No we can stand a chance again in the 40-45 class...Well done you guys...

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: Warlock] #144930
09/28/2017 05:48 PM
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sailaway42 Offline OP
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No we can stand a chance again in the 40-45 class...Well done you guys...


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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: sailaway42] #144931
09/28/2017 06:04 PM
09/28/2017 06:04 PM
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Oak Park, IL
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That's quite a boat! It's inspiring to see what you all are doing, both with the aid trips and having a new Catatonic ready to resume chartering. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clapping.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: TomGarvey] #144932
09/28/2017 06:32 PM
09/28/2017 06:32 PM
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Geez you look familiar. Were you at Shoprite last weekend and we discussed where the coffee aisle was? You had earbud headphones. If so, what a small world.

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: fstorms] #144933
09/28/2017 06:42 PM
09/28/2017 06:42 PM
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Oak Park, IL
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Nope, not me.


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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: sailaway42] #144934
09/28/2017 10:27 PM
09/28/2017 10:27 PM
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South Jersey, USA
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sailaway42 said:
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No we can stand a chance again in the 40-45 class...Well done you guys...


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Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: boatjunkie] #144935
09/29/2017 10:12 AM
09/29/2017 10:12 AM
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Annapolis, Md
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Dear Dirk and Sandy- relieved to hear that you are safe, condolences on the loss of Catatonic. She was a great boat, good memories.

Instead of "Catatonic 2" How about......

"2 Catatonic"....?????

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: bviicatter] #144936
10/01/2017 05:44 PM
10/01/2017 05:44 PM
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sailaway42 Offline OP
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Dear Dirk and Sandy- relieved to hear that you are safe, condolences on the loss of Catatonic. She was a great boat, good memories.

Instead of "Catatonic 2" How about......

"2 Catatonic"....?????


<img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" /> Think we'll stick with Catatonic 500, but we aren't calling her Cat 5 for short!

Re: Catatonic 500 [Re: sailaway42] #144937
10/02/2017 10:44 AM
10/02/2017 10:44 AM
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That's great news Dirk. We met in the laundry room at PDR before Maria. We're probably moving up to Abacos for the winter also - see ya at Nippers.


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