Orange Beach’s latest “Ghost Ship” is inching its way back into the water. Last week we told you about this sailboat that was stranded between the Beach Pavilion and Romar Beach Baptist Church. Of all the places you could be stranded you could do worse than Orange Beach. This sailboat has been stuck on the shore since Tuesday. We last checked in with owner Richard Durham Wednesday. This morning is the first time he made progress in finally moving the boat back in the water. Video from Facebook Messenger shows progress is being made. He says he’s trying to move it himself to avoid a boat tow charge that could be thousands of dollars.
“I have moved about 12 feet today I started about 5 am and at first I was only getting about an inch an hour. But I had run the anchor chain out behind the boat so I was using it to pull me backwards as the waves were coming in I was getting a little bit of slack in the chain and I was getting more slack and now I can pull in about a foot at a time now,” said owner Richard Durham. Durham says he has to get his boat repaired but first it’s a matter of getting into the open water. His family also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for repairs.
By the end of the afternoon, Sunday Durham said he was only able to move the boat about 20 feet. He said he’ll try again Monday.