Abandoned boat makes Hawaii

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A 33-foot sailboat that was abandoned late last year in the Pacific off Costa Rica turned up in Hawaii, more than 4,500 miles from where it was left.

A 33-foot sailboat that was abandoned late last year in the Pacific off Costa Rica turned up in Hawaii, more than 4,500 miles from where it was left.

The sloop Chaton de Foi (French for “Kitten of Faith”) was discovered by fishermen June 5 about four miles off South Kona, Hawaii, according to Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Marsha Delaney. The owner, Walter Teper of Southern California, apparently abandoned the boat off Costa Rica Dec. 2 after experiencing engine problems in rough weather. Teper told the Coast Guard he was attempting to repair the engine when he was picked up by the owner of another vessel.

“Since there was no one to rescue and no pollution, there wasn’t much of an investigation for the Coast Guard to do,” Delaney says. Chaton de Foi apparently had been spotted one other time, off Mexico, before currents carried it across the Pacific, she says.

“The last we spoke with Mr. Teper he was making arrangements to reclaim the boat, finding out how much it will cost,” Delaney says.

In the meantime, Teper had Chaton de Foi towed to port in Hawaii, says Delaney. Details such as the boat’s builder and model weren’t immediately available. Teper couldn’t be reached for comment.