Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Friday, April 22, 2016

Marshall Merriman, Islamorada

“I grew up in the Keys. I went to Key Largo School, PKS, and Coral Shores.

I moved out of my dad’s place at 18 onto a sail boat here at Robbie’s. I want to sail and circumnavigate the world; it will be me, my dog Maui, and a surf board. I want to go to Hawaii and New Zealand the most. I am saving up now and getting my Captain’s license. I don’t plan on getting rich, I just want to chill.

When I was 18, I bought my sailboat. It was a derelict, which means it didn’t really run or sail very well. I didn’t really care, I just wanted to get it from Miami to the Keys. A tropical storm hit right after we started back to the Keys and we got lost at sea for 6 days; it was me and a couple of friends. The storm tore my sails up and broke my Rutter, so we were just kind of stuck. We lived off of peanut butter, jelly, and rum.

I did have an EPIRB on board that worked so we pushed it and that is how they found us. I tried flares and stuff, but there wasn’t anyone out there to see them. We just waited to be found by the Coast Guard; we were like 15 miles off shore. 

The lesson I learned? Make sure your motors work. Yea, I could of watched the weather too, but I didn’t really care at the time, I just wanted to get my boat down here.”

HOK “You were the invincible 18 year old, nothing was going to happen to you.”

“Well, nothing happened to me, I’m here. I got some gashes and stuff, but they are all healed and I’m ok!”

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