Well folks, today’s story is short and sweet. Seventeen months after Kekoa was left battered among the mangroves out in Hurricane Hole, she’s returned to her mooring ball in Cruz Bay.
By now most of you likely know the story. Kekoa was abandoned at sea during a storm while en route to St. Thomas many years back. Her owners, Jamison and Ryan, found her adrift and restored the 50-foot catamaran before bringing her down to St. John. She was one of the island’s most popular and recognizable boats with her signature black sails. Then Irma rolled through.
Kekoa, like many boats, ended up twisted in the Mangroves out at Hurricane Hole. The brothers, with the help of many, removed the vessel from the mangled mess Irma left behind and towed her to Hanson Bay where they spent more than a year tirelessly working to restore her.
And on Thursday, a day that celebrates love, we saw Kekoa out on her morning ball in Cruz Bay. How’s that for a happy ending?
Although she is not perfect yet, Kekoa looks great. The brothers still need to install her signature black sails. The logo and some other odds and ends need to happen too. If all goes as expected, Kekoa will set sail again in mid-March.
With all the divisiveness and discord in this world, I am grateful to be able to share these happy stories with you all on a daily basis, stories that make us smile and give us hope. And with that, I hope you all have a great Friday.