Andrew's sailboat, the Fisher's Hornpipe, was his home. All of his worldly possessions and his home were destroyed in Hurricane Maria, including his food and the water maker which was his primary source of water. Andrew is a boat mechanic and all of the tools he uses to make a living were also on the boat and destroyed. Andrew has taken shelter on a small island off of Puerto Rico, Viequez. The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. A generous couple has given Andrew refuge, food and water for the past few days. He does not have any insurance on the Fisher's Hornpipe due to the type of vessel, he was not able to find an insurance policy that would cover the boat. She is made of ferrocement. Her dimensions are LOA:40' LWL:36' L Sparred:54' and with a 14' beam. She was made for the rough open sea, and she did make it through >120 mph winds for Huricane Irma. However, she was not able to withstand the unprecedented >175mph winds of Hurricane Maria that hit Viequez.
Before Hurricane Maria, Andrew (originally from New Iberia, Louisiana) was working repairing other boats in Saint John, US Virgin Islands while living on the Fisher's Hornpipe which was anchored in the Water Islands. His life on the Fisher's Hornpipe was his dream, but was not a luxury yacht that many people imagine. Andrew sold everything he owned five years ago to buy the boat. When he bought the boat in the Bahamas, the boat herself was a mess, with a lot of the mechanical systems malfunctioning. Andrew put his blood and sweat into bringing her up to snuff. He sailed from the Water Islands to Viequez in search of a protected harbor during Hurricane Irma. The island of Viequez and the Fisher's Hornpipe survived hurricane Irma in Viequez, but Hurricane Maria was not the same case.
After Hurricane Irma, Andrew used all of his money and took donations in order to bring all the food and water he could and sailed it to his friends in Saint Thomas, which was severely impacted by Irma. His only concern was getting food and water to those in need. Unfortunately shortly after delivering supplies, Hurricane Maria began forming so Andrew took a few people who wanted to leave Saint Thomas and returned to Viequez.
To start rebuilding his life, Andrew will use the money raised in this fund first to get back to Louisiana to safe refuge. Second to buy some tools so he can start working again. Thank you everyone, we appreciate and love you
This go fund me is being launched by his family.
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