My few remaining readers from 2006 may remember that one of the sailing blogs I used to follow way back then was Adrift at Sea, the story of a guy called Dan Kim and his brand new Telstar trimaran which he named Pretty Gee after his deceased wife.
Adrift at Sea was in fact one of the ten blogs in my Boating Blog Roundup which I posted at the end of March 2006. I wrote about Dan's accounts of how he was fitting out Pretty Gee and all the voyages he was planning -- all over New England, to the Chesapeake, and to Key West.
That same month March 2006 Dan posted a picture of his trimaran on a day when he went to visit her while she was still being built.
I followed Dan's blog for several years but then the emphasis of the blog changed away from sailing and more to his personal life and feelings, so I haven't been following it lately.
Imagine my shock when I heard a couple of days ago that Pretty Gee was destroyed by fire at the Moby Dick Marina in Fairhaven, MA on March 13 this year. Apparently Dan had been working on the boat and had been using a propane heater while doing so. He left the boat to go to lunch and, while at lunch, he received a call from the Fairhaven Fire Department to say that his boat had burned.
There are accounts of the fire on this forum, and (with some inaccuracies) on South Coast Today here and here.
Such a sad loss. It was obvious from Dan's blog that he poured so much love and care and effort into his boat, and that he enjoyed so much sharing his sailing experiences with his friends. I hope he finds some way to replace her and is able to get back on the water again soon.
Here is a video from happier days of Dan and some of his friends sailing on Pretty Gee.