Exciting News! - Kekoa 3.0 December 12, 2018
On December 12th Kekoa re-entered the Caribbean after 15 long months of restoration. We are grateful to the members of our recovery team, family, friends and supporters for the overwhelming support we have received during this challenging time. Currently Kekoa is in the Nanny Cay Boat Yard for painting, rigging and all final preparations. We will keep you updated on the progress and preparation for her final launch date and the time frame to be back in business. We look forward to seeing you aboard Kekoa in the near future. From our family to yours, we wish you a very special holiday and smooth sailing into the new year. Keep in touch on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
“Commitment isn’t about being perfect, always following through, or never going astray. Commitment means that when you (inevitably) stumble or get off track, you pick yourself up, find your bearings, and carry on in the direction you want to go.”
- Jamison and Ryan Witbeck
News Flash - February 2018 - We are honored to announce an article - titled Boat Launch 3.0 has just been just published in the February 2018 Caribbean Compass. The writer Andrea Milam, also a victim of Hurricanes Irma- - Maria writes from her heart after she interviewed Jamison and Ryan. We hope you will take the time to read her amazing recap of what it was like to experience 2 Category 5 hurricanes, and the survival of Kekoa and her builders.
"Winds thundered across the landscape, whipping up the sea and tossing boats, cars, and large sections of people’s homes through the air with the ease of a toddler throwing his toys mid-tantrum. Kekoa, a 50-foot wooden catamaran, was tied down in St. John’s Hurricane Hole alongside more than 100 other Virgin Islands vessels in preparation for a direct hit by powerful Hurricane Irma. Slowly, one by one, Kekoa broke free of the 15 three-quarter-inch lines with 75 feet of three-eighths-inch chain per line anchoring her to the ocean floor, and then edged herself toward the shore line. The sleek gray vessel had been here before, alone at sea in a terrible storm. She knew how to take care of herself. Kekoa crawled up on the shoreline, narrowly missing several large boulders and a pileup of wrecked boats that would have torn her body apart, and came to rest where she awaited discovery by her builders, brothers Ryan and Jamison Witbeck."
Click here to read the full article https://goo.gl/NEx8z6 We are so grateful for Andrea's ability to tell our story.
For more of our hurricane Irma tales check out Steve Simonsen’s latest video - https://vimeo.com/288571835?ref=fb-share&1
How you can help:
Merchandise is still available for sale. We are so appreciative of the overwhelming response to the Kekoa merchandise sales in over the past year!! New merchandise will be introduced in the coming months! stay tuned!
Make plans to come to St John this winter! It is open for business and we will be too!! Kekoa 3.0 don’t miss this experience. We are accepting reservations!