BOAT RETRIEVAL SUGGESTIONS
One of the most enjoyable and exciting aspects of this program is arranging for the recovery of your boat. Because the boats come ashore on a following wind and sea they can very quickly be damaged onshore if they are not immediately picked up. It’s best if you can arrange for your boat to get picked up at sea. Often, however, there isn’t enough time to make proper arrangements for meeting the boat or if it comes in late at night other arrangements will have to be made. Consider using a letter like the attached to email local coastal newspapers, TV stations, Government officials and ask them to ask coastal residents to keep an eye out for your boat. One school says their boat traveling 35 miles down a coastal road 1 hour after making landfall. It came to a stop in someone’s driveway and we were able to call the lady a couple of hours later and she nearly fainted when we asked her if she knew anything about a little boat!
MAKING INITIAL CONTACT
The hardest part of arranging retrieval is usually making contact with a person who can actually help retrieve your boat. We have found the best first step is to look at “Google maps” in the area you think your boat will land. If you enlarge the map you’ll find schools and by searching the web you can find TV/broadcasting stations, local media/newspapers, harbormasters, etc. Let them know that an unmanned 2-meter educational sailboat is off their coast and about to come ashore. Let them know that the boat has scientific sensors and we’d like it to be recovered and taken to a school so their students can learn as well. You’ll want to tell them where your boat is and how they can monitor it so they can find it.