Aeolus, along with a sister boat, was found at Cassidy’s Breton Woods Marina in Brick, New Jersey, by Ken Brown. Ken retrieved the sister boat on October 29, 2012, and was able to inspect Aeolus at that time. She was on a wooden cradle at the southern end of the yard. At 8:00 that evening, Hurricane Sandy hit the area. Aeolus survived that storm, suffering a hole in her hull about where the aft starboard stanchion would be. Finally, in October of 2014, once confirmation was received that title was in hand, she was retrieved for Ken by Steve Brockett. Aeolus had no sails and no brass plate, so determining her original hull number has been frustratingly difficult. It was assumed that the pair of boats were numbers 371 and 372.
Joe Abitante was the contact person at the marina who had listed the boats on the web. Getting back in touch with Joe this year shed no additional light; the marina had no information about the previous owner.
But for the cabin doors and bulkhead, the wood on Aeolus was in good shape. Her hardware was present and accounted for, as was a mast. Ken took the hull down to gelcoat and found just one slightly bulging area that needed work. She was faired, the deck gelcoated and non-skidded, and a replacement boom was ordered. All she lacked was paint.
Terry Irwin bought Aeolus from Ken in November, 2015. Once she was moved into the shop she began to sweat, and some additional keel work began. She was still awfully close to being ready. But then, on December 26, 2015, an EF4 tornado struck a direct hit on Ken’s shop. Aeolus was picked up off her trailer, thrown through a fence, and dropped into a tree 60 feet away from where she started. You can see what the tornado did to an apartment complex another 100 yards away.
Considering the rough treatment, she was in remarkable shape. Her hull was virtually undamaged, the deck seam was separated on the port side. A combing board suffered a lengthwise crack and was protruding through the breach.
There was fiberglass damage along the port side where she was laid down in the tree (which probably cushioned the blow!) Remarkably all the hardware, which had been removed for the remaining deck work and stored in the cabin, was still present.
She was retrieved from the tree and is currently waiting for repairs in a line of six boat that were damaged by the storm.
Aeolus was ruler of the winds in Greek mythology. Once she is repaired, and when her restoration complete, she will splash on White Rock Lake — hoping for sometime the summer of 2016.