The Rescue of Happy Together…and an update!

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Today is the day

This was the famous line that Mel Fisher said every morning when his treasure salvors would leave the harbor in Key West searching for the Atocha (eventually it was, and he picked up $400 million worth of loot). When we got the call on Tuesday night at 6 PM after 90 days of hand wringing, we were told that our boat was “next”, and it would be in the channel between St. John and Tortola at about 10 AM the following morning. What? That didn’t give us much time. We called our boat caretaker and we asked him to make sure everything was shipshape, and the batteries charged, and – oh by the way – why don’t you start the engines and put it in gear just to make sure there are no hurdles before departure.

Two tickets to paradise

I could barely sleep that night as I was so excited for the next day. I had zero stress. It was the opposite of stress. The stress was the unknown of wondering if we wouldn’t see our boat for six months. Now after 90 days we were going to be on her the next morning. In the end, I did sleep, and that is important on an ocean passage or a boat “rescue”. We were wheels up by 7 AM and landed in St. Thomas at 9:15 AM. After having our temperatures taken and a 14-day quarantine recommended (as a precaution but not required) we thanked the officer and headed to Red Hook Bay in a taxi.

American Authors

Lennie calls it “the luck of Randy Smith” but I call it MSH. We arrived in Red Hook and as we walked down the dock – no more than two minutes later – a center console with a mask-wearing BVI teenager shows up and yells our names and says, “hop in”. In ten minutes, we were out in the channel and boarded our beloved catamaran Happy Together. This is part of what this cruising lifestyle is all about – uncertainty and adventure. These are two things Lennie and I live for and you don’t get them on the golf course. We high-fived and stared at each other in disbelief. We had our boat back. Now in the video we were able to use a great song to highlight the moment and you will probably like it. The other choice was the hit song from the band American Authors. I will let you google that one….

Please enjoy this next video which is an update on us and some clips of getting the boat back.

13 Responses

  1. Jeff and Adrienne

    Still think you should have Halo’d in and snatched Happy Together that way. Where’s your sense of adventure man? ?
    Very glad you got her back! Hope to see you guys soon!

    • happytogether

      Okay Jeff, I really wanted to do that but didnt want to get banned from the BVI forever!!!

  2. Cody Sommer

    Hello, Randy & Lennie

    I want to let you both know that finding your youtube channel a few months ago sealed the deal for my better half and I. We close on a Leopard 51PC at the end of this month and will be keeping it in Palm Beach. I’d love to ask you just a few questions if possible. In several of your videos you offer viewers the opportunity to email you but for the life of me I can’t find your email address. Mine is cls@unetgrp dot com. If your retirement from videos extends to answering emails from newbies I completely understand. I want to thank you for putting all of those videos together. We’ve watched them all at least twice!

    • happytogether

      Hi Cody, Thanks so much for your comment! I just sent you a private email. I am never retiring from talking boats with nice folks!

  3. Julia Cushman

    What an inspiration you two have been for me! I am getting ready to buy my first vessel ever – a 44 Leopard -and sail the world. (Currently sailing in the Channel Islands area.)
    Oh, the adventures to come!

    • happytogether

      Hi Julia, Thanks so much! We loved our time in the Channel Islands and will return one day. Love that you are getting a44 with forward cockpit. You will have an adventure!!!! Randy

  4. Thomas Farrell

    Ive just checked out the origin of the intro song. Thanks to Covid, I’m like the others and binge watching.
    You guys are high on the fav list…yes I’ve subscribed…lol
    The intro…firstly its an accurate song (reading the words) and you adaption is perfect for you two.
    thanks for the hours of adventure postings…love them.
    safe travels

    • happytogether

      Hi Thomas, Thanks so much and glad you are enjoying our show! We are on the boat in the Virgin Islands right now and will turn on our theme song shortly thanks to you! Randy

  5. Dave Miller

    Hello Randi & Lennie,
    This is Dave & Mary, 2020 L45 S/V UNCAGED.
    We live in Minnesota and recently put our boat on hard at Nanny Cay, BVI. Our hope is the borders open by October allowing us a chance to get back on her. If they don’t, we may need a “Boat Rescue.”

    Any specific information you can share (names, organizations, numbers…) that helped with Happy Together would be much appreciated.

    Stay safe wherever you are…

    Thanks Much!


    • happytogether

      Hi Dave, So bothersome that we are locked out of such a great place!!! Call Justin at Nanny Cay marina. he has several captains with government approval to take boats out. It worked pretty good. They just bring it to Red Hook and pick you up on the dock and take you out to the boat. Justin will help you out! Good luck and let us know how it goes. Randy

  6. Dave Miller

    Hi Randy & Lennie, My Cat is currently on hard at Nanny Cay, Tortola and we are home in USA. If the BVI doesn’t open borders by October, I may need to organize a “Boat Rescue” as you did.
    Any specific information you could share with me like names, numbers, organizations and procedural steps would be most helpful.

  7. Joseph Hodge

    Good Day,
    My name is Joseph Hodge. I live in St. Thomas, VI. I just recently subscribed to your YouTube channel and have been spending the entire weekend watching your videos. If you should ever need anything here in St. Thomas I am more than willing to help. Love your videos. Thank you for allowing us to experience the world with you.

    Joseph Hodge

    • happytogether

      Hi Joseph, Thanks so much for your comment! We are glad you are enjoying our show! You live in a beautiful place for sure! Randy

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