by Scott from s/v Rubicon and ScottsSweaters.com
During one of last year’s five hurricanes to impact the Florida Keys, I returned to my dinghy to discover its seat missing. While tied to the dock, the dinghy had undergone quite a tossing.
The seat is an inflatable tubular section made of the same Neoprene material the dinghy is made of, and is held in place by its Velcro covered ends. When not attached to the dinghy the seat looks a bit like an oversized Vienna sausage…you know the ones that come in those little cans…however, the seat works fine. My search of the dock area failed to locate the missing seat, so I ordered another.
This week, I was ashore on the nearby-undeveloped island known as Christmas Tree Island marveling at the vast array of debris littering the island in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. I spied something of a faded red color deep within the brush and went to investigate. There, a year and SIX hurricanes later, I found the missing seat from my dinghy.What are the chances of that happening?