My grandparents, Bill and Mary Lee seal the deal at their wedding in 1969 on Big Pine Key, FL. He built the boat (Mephista) as their house and they lived on it for 45 years before Hurricane Irma finally wrecked it.

37 thoughts on “My grandparents, Bill and Mary Lee seal the deal at their wedding in 1969 on Big Pine Key, FL. He built the boat (Mephista) as their house and they lived on it for 45 years before Hurricane Irma finally wrecked it.

  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Cool living on a boat for almost half a century. Was that a catamaran?

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    This is the coolest thing I’ve ever read on Reddit! Beautiful photo too!

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    45 years.

    Mama Mia…. That’s a lotta maintenance. Caring for a boat like that is an endless job.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Dude we need a documentary on your grandparents ASAP

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Having been around boats on and off for a good portion of my life, that is probably one of the coolest things I think I’ve heard in a long time. Really sucks Irma took the boat out though, especially a hand made boat.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    They raised all their children on the boat?

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Irma can kiss my ass, I’m 45 years old and live in Pennsylvania. Never been to the Florida keys, went to key west and was there for 2 days of a 9 day trip. Irma chased us out to head home, probably never have that chance again. Makes me sad cause it was awesome there.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Do you know the cost of living? While I imagine you can live cheaper in some places such as no property taxes (Florida is a property tax state for all those who aren’t from Florida, they don’t have state income tax), slip fees, and generally the small space means you’ll probably buy less furniture and need to maintain less things. I would expect other costs would be pretty punishing such as upkeep on a custom built boat (either in terms of both time and money).

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    I feel like there is a really great story about these 2 that needs to be told.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Mephista….interesting 😄

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Epic shot!

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Shorts and a sportcoat. Two bits.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    I just want to be loved like that. And live like that, or a version .amazing. also. Goals. It’s never too late.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Spending too much time on reddit… Relieved that “sealed the deal” is sfw

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    ’69 weddings last long

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Cool, my brother lived in Big Pine Key for like 15 years as Law Enforcement for NOAA….they don’t mess around!

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    The coolest

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    GOALS. This is 🥰 perfection!

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    A life lived.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    That’s awesome. I lived on Big pine key back in 2004 / 2005 and it was a really interesting place. Like a small town that just happens to be out in the middle of the ocean. Lots of nice folks down there.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Would love to see more photos of the boat…interiors etc.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Wow. I get nervous on boats. I cannot imagine living on one for 45 years. I wish I could get over my fears because that seems super cool! Maybe I’ll just start with one night on a boat…

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Imagine tryna build a boat this size to live from in 2021 lmao

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Stunning photo.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Beautiful photo!

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    It’s a sweet photo, but at first glance, just for a moment, i thought it was of a couple being hanged… I’m glad it wasn’t so.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Mephista confirmed…?

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    It looks like they hung themselves

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Big Pink Eye, FL

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Irma was a bit of a beast. I remember that night when transformers began popping and trees were crashing all around. That is a great story and a great photo.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    They look so in love!!! 🥺💕

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    This really is oldschoolcool.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Mephista Yo Mama

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Damn, never thought I’d ever see my hometown on reddit. Wonderful pic.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    This picture is so charming. I absolutely love it.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    I love his full name was Bill Lee.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    I like their flowers

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