With parents aging, all their children and a new grandson, that they rarely saw, all living in Florida, they made the decision that they needed to be closer to their families. So, in November of 2016, Kevin and Cyndi moved from Westport, Washington to Mexico Beach, Florida.
In Washington, they had a successful business going, were well established in the community and a great group of friends so this was a very difficult decision for them to break ties and move across the country and start over.
Moving minimum personal items along with the business and the boat (paying for new registrations, licensing, moorage and start-up) cost close to $20K. Using the proceeds from the sale of their house and Kevin’s remaining retirement savings they were able to make the move.
However, shortly after arriving in Mexico Beach they hit a streak of really bad luck that has taken them from hanging on, to them worrying about losing the business all together.
In April, the truck that they were using for their business caught fire and was a total loss. Insurance did not cover the damages, as the truck was too old for replacement coverage.
In Early May the starboard transmission on the boat failed and replacement is still pending,
In late May, while heading out on a charter trip, the port engine of the boat overheated and caused a failure. The boat made it back to the dock safely but after further examination it was found that a major component on the engine had failed, resulting in a major repair. These two issues have cost over $9000 out of pocket.
Even then Kevin and Cyndi did not lose hope. The summer peak fishing season was upon them and though they had lost revenue to downtime while the boat was repaired, they had Charters scheduled and were receiving calls every day for fishing/boating trips that they hoped would push them on through the season.
However, on Friday June 9th, while Kevin was assisting with towing a disabled boat back to port. His ankle became tangled in the towline, crushing his ankle and breaking it in 2 places. This injury has resulted in surgery and an external fixation device for his ankle due to the rope burns that were also associated with the injury and the high risk for infection.
Strict orders from the doctors are elevation and a non-weight bearing status that will keep Kevin sidelined for at least 8 to 12 weeks. Unfortunately, they have had to cancel their charters for the remainder of the season and will lose the revenue they so much needed to keep the business afloat.
All they have asked friends and family for is Prayers. And, we are lifting them up daily.
Knowing how much they are both loved by all those who know them I thought we could pitch in financially and "Keep Their Boat Afloat".
Please share this request for assistance with as many people as possible with the hope that they won't lose everything and go under.
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