Sailboat on the sand: Beached on Alki

July 13, 2014 at 11:15 am | In West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

(Photo received via text message – thank you!)
We’re receiving notes pointing out/asking about a sailboat that’s up on the sand on Alki Beach this morning, not far east of the Bathhouse. We don’t know anything but the circumstances but we do know that authorities are aware – there was scanner talk about it earlier this morning, including the acknowledgment that it’s probably going to be there for some hours, as the tide is very low this morning and high tide isn’t until about quarter past 7 tonight.

10 Comments

  1. I saw it drift in this morning. Looked as though the sailor’s small engine quit on him and the boat was at the mercy of the winds and waves. He was barely able to negotiate it over to the sandy part of the beach before getting stuck. Looks like a long day for that sailor who is still sitting on the beach not far from the boat.

    Comment by Sue P — 11:19 am July 13, 2014 #

  2. Thank you. We aren’t likely to be able to get back over to Alki for some hours because of the festival but if anyone happens to hear of any community help needed by the boat owner in the attempt to get off the beach, we would certainly add it here to get the word out in hopes somebody somewhere could assist. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:25 am July 13, 2014 #

  3. fixed keel? keel visible and on it’s side? Is the mast mounted? Rough guess how long? If it’s a drop keel, refloating won’t be difficult and a friendly tow to Armeni since the motor died. Sunset 9 pm

    Comment by Dennis Roux — 12:03 pm July 13, 2014 #

  4. The boat is on the sand across from our place. Everyone is hovering around it taking photos. The sailor is sitting on a log nearby. I felt bad for him so I brought him some pretzels, leftover Swisher Sweet cigars that we never smoked on vacation (he asked for a cigarette when I asked him if he needed anything), and something to drink. He really appreciated it – just got the impression that he might not have a lot.

    Comment by Jen — 12:27 pm July 13, 2014 #

  5. Thanks to whomever texted a photo – we’ll add it.

    Comment by WSB — 1:02 pm July 13, 2014 #

  6. I also live across the street, brought the pour guy a few cold ones.

    Comment by Kelsey — 2:05 pm July 13, 2014 #

  7. Just brought him more “supplies” ;). There are two nice veterans down there helping him. They got the outboard motor working, just need some musle to get the boat back in the water.

    Comment by Kelsey — 3:10 pm July 13, 2014 #

  8. They got it launched. He is out in the water again. The motor seems a bit sketchy, but they keep plucking along. Hope he makes it to his destination.

    Comment by Sue P — 4:55 pm July 13, 2014 #

  9. Kudos to all the people helping this guy out.

    Comment by AA — 5:01 pm July 13, 2014 #

  10. I absolutely LOVE the goodwill shown to this man by Kelsey and others. This is what makes West Seattle a special place.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 6:14 pm July 13, 2014 #

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