Raise the boat!

We just had a visit from Hurricane Irma.  Most of us here in the St. Petersburg marina were spared. Unfortunately, one of our dock mates wasn't so fortunate.  The pictured boat, S/V YYAKATAGA II, belongs to Olin Hester, an 81 yr old retired veteran that has been living aboard boats the past 40 years.  His luck ran out this time.  Everything he owns is now 10 feet under water.  They are working to raise his vessel right this moment, at a projected cost of $2500-$3000...maybe more if it goes long, and looks like it might.  Olin isn't financially equiped for this crisis. 

Here's your personal chance to help someone in need.

Olin is our dock mate at the Marina.
He'll use these funds to cover the d irect cost of refloating his boat, and perhaps have some left to begin replacement of all the damaged belongings.  100% of the donations, less the GoFundMe administrative costs, will go directly to Olin.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Cary Stotland 
St. Petersburg, FL
Olin Hester 
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