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Boat fire destroys 30-year adventure

A sailboat fire Saturday afternoon at Donaldson's Point in Parker, Fla., choked the area in smoke and saddened a neighborhood.

The Van Sickel family has owned the boat for more than 30 years and cruised aboard it from Cape Cod to Mexico. A fire has destroyed its past but, according to the owner, may open up new opportunities for the future.

"...I had no idea how advanced the fire was in the engine room until I opened the engine room door ... and immediately flames burst out and the smoke was so thick I couldn't see," said Dan Van Sickel, who made it off the boat and onto shore but felt helpless as he watched his boat, Second Love, burn away.

Click here for the full report with photo of the burning boat.