Wednesday, May 20, 2015

EXUMAS SHIPWRECK MYSTERY


While we were heading north toward Staniel Cay from Georgetown in the Exumas we passed a Cay with a sailboat beached on the shore. Both Captain Adam and I speculated on what it was doing there. It looked pretty intact from a distance. I thought perhaps the owner might have careened it on the beach to clean it's bottom. On our return south we anchored off a nearby Cay from where the beached boat was. I suggested that we take the dingy over to investigate. Adam was thinking the same thing. So that's what we did...

She still looked in pretty good shape no hull damage from what we could see:



 She still had her sails on and the deck and cockpit were loaded with gear:


Even had several large solar panels still attached:


Water jugs and a full jug of diesel were still in deck as was the air pump for an inflatable dingy:


There was some type of registration sticker from Florida that expires on September 2015



The boats name was Cimarron with a hailing port of Marathon Florida:


Looked like a sturdy blue water boat with the wind vane steering still attached on the stern:


The hatch was open and the lock secured to the hasp:


Captain Adam climbed on board to take a look inside and make sure no one was on board.



He reported things were pretty dry inside. A lot of clothes were thrown about but, the electronics seemed to be intact. Besides radar the boat also had a SSB antenna on the rear stay. Definitely not setup for just day sails.  Still it was a mystery how it would up in this quiet Bahamian Cove in the Exumas and what happened to the person who sailed her?


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you get a hull number or registration number?
You could check the Florida Stolen Boat database here:
http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/item/displayBoatSearch.a


/Jason

Capt. Mike said...

Jason:

Yes I did. I'll check the website you posted. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I heard from 2 cruisers that they witnessed the owner being arrested in Blackpoint.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has spent anytime in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon knows this boat. Sad.

Anonymous said...

where is "captain" Ray? Anyone know? He was in jail in the keys a few weeks ago (felony). Maybe he fled the country and grounded then was taken into custody by Bahama?

Anonymous said...

Okey you all I own the Boat no was never arrested in the Bahamas.
What hapen is I got sick and had to go home left boat in care or BDF Ship a P45 crew and the Police So Droma Stops Here any one found on he Boat faces 10 years in Fox Hill and 5 years in the usa. The police is looking after it and was put on the ground becouse a man in shorts was arrested for Steeling from my boat and moved there any one that seen the blue police boat the day I left was Becouse they where getting my Wepons off like Bahamas law states. It has been there for 3 months.
resion why still there is becouse I was attacked in marathon fl day I got back by 2 men and have health probs From it and yes I was arested becouse the man stated I tryed to kill him back case was Droped.

to all of you I talked to the bahamas police a hour ago any one found in my boat or taking any thing from my boat will be arrest and sent back to the us on imagration violation and will loos there Boat . The Droma stops Now any one making things up will be Brought to Court for it. And if you take any thing from that boat I will find you any where in the world and see to it you Go to jail the end Thanks for careing but droma stops now I was never ever arrest in the bahamas locked up 3 bad people there and will love to lock up more any qutions call3056479647

Anonymous said...

According to the Marathon County clerk of the court, the felony case against Geisel was NOT droped (sic). As for droma (sic), it seems to follow Geisel like stink on a monkey. Or should I say lizard. Weapons on his boat? Why did he have them? He already did time in Federal Prison for possession a couple of years ago, he has mental issues and is forbidden to own them.

Anonymous said...

Well info is not right never in Prison never news was not right allso I have call local police I was not charged with any cases in bahamas all was legal stop your droma or your ip adress will be track and there will be a cival action taken .
any one found on that boat will have trip to Fox hill. And some one cen be charged and does not mean they did anything a sick mf trying to get going to jail for a long time had his mentally Ill son make up a Lie since then his kids was taken away and put in DcF care where the son told case workers his fother told him to lie or he would be beaten agen not the man did time for drugs and other things. He allso jumped me trying to kill me 2 men high on drugs from behind. Allso note gun case was droped pull fed case and all other cases have been to. Allso by bahamas laws all my wepons was legal and no and I mean no charges was filed . And any one that goes on that boat will be arested.
Nomatter what so stop the hate tords me or ill start hate tords you the end

Capt. Mike said...

I thank you for posting your side of the story. I hope you get back to your boat soon, get it floating again and are able to sail on.

Anonymous said...

Drama, Dromo, either way I am surprised it has not been ransacked

Scott said...

lol just a little dromo with that one.
http://keysnews.com/node/30545

Anonymous said...

I was just onboard Cimmaron poking around. Bad news for whoever owns/owned it. The boat's been stripped and it's full of water.

Anonymous said...

Well update Boat was given Back to Ray He has filed churges on few people for taking things off and going after every one that did not tell the truth to get this to hapen.
Bahamas Government is paying Ray Off. Ray is Doing the Boat Home.in the next month.
Allso weapons where all legal and was Given Back.
Good luck to all Give the stuff back or your boat may end up same way or in jail if lucky us FBi is charging people that took things and Ray Had A List From the Local police.
Not ray might have mental health. But he is into things you should understand He's after everyone that took his stuff and not using the law to do it.
And he's a Bounty Hunter with alot of back Round and Friends even Bahamas Government is scard of him now.
Just a heads up should not of stolen from Ray was not Good thing to Do he came to my boat with LEO and Cut what I took of my Deck with a saw in Nassau.just a heads up by way Mike he's waiting for you to go to Bahamas to have you locked up for going on the boat and taking his ssb and vhf

Capt. Mike said...

For the record I actually never even touched his boat and the Captain just went on board to make sure that no one was injured or dead inside. He actually only looked down the wide open hatch and never entered the boat. Several witnesses were there too. We only stopped to make sure no one was on board that might need help. Nothing was ever taken off the boat and it was left as is.

Anonymous said...

Discovered this boat today whilst out and about in Black Point. It's full of water from what I could see and it looks like anything that was on deck is no longer there.
Thanks to the person who originally posted this, my curiosity has been satisfied having read the above comments!

Capt. Mike said...

Thanks for the update Anonymous.