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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

If the average thief has trouble with a manual transmission car.. imagine them puzzling over the rig of a simple sunfish.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

I have the best solution.
I leave the keys in the ignition.
Have an old Atomic 4 gas engine with a leaky carburetor.
Whenever I start it it up I have to bail the gas from the bilge then run the bilge blower for no less than 10 minutes.
She starts up just fine.

My neighbors all know what a piece of crap the boat is and all vacate the premises when anyone even looks at my boat much less trys to start it.

The marina is have some financial problems so they park me pretty close to the waste fuel and oil tank.

We actually post on multiple blogs telling folks how bad the security is at our marina.

So go ahead and steal it we are actually sort of counting on that.


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The poster does not condone blowing up anyone even stupid people.
But he does have a twisted imagination.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

It'd be like stealing my net worth. You can have my 2k in the bank but you have to take my 50k student loans and my 3k credit card bill. You can have it.

Having to pay for winter storage in ma makes you sort of wish someone would steal it. Just kidding hand of god!!!
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

As others have indicated, it isn't the (sail)boat that interests thieves but rather the gear. A few years ago someone decided they needed the upper chain, mooring buoy and pickup pennant I was using. They disconnected the parts noted above and re-attached my boat to the upper swivel of the mooring! It was a bit frustrating in that I couldn't go sailing until I procured more chain and another mooring ball (which I ended up making as the real ones are pricey).

Just yesterday I rowed out to the mooring again to inspect it for the coming winter months. Would you believe this time someone took 18' of good upper chain and replaced it with 6' of wire-thin worn out links? Possibly some local yocul with a boat (and maybe some chain cutters). So much for the perceived innocence of sleepy and quaint little sea-side towns.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

My money is on scrappers
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

I bet if you advertized "will steal your boat" you would get quite a few directions, locations of keys, lock combos, etc. as long as you promised the boat would never be found
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

My boat lives in a slip on a pier that has several live-aboards. They know me, and have my cell number. Earlier this year there were some thefts at the marina... mostly gear - propellers from outdrives and similar. I was once called on my cell because my wife's cousin was looking at my boat. I thanked the caller, and let him know that I was below at the time.

For security of my possessions, I always stow my instruments (Garmin GPSmap 478 chart plotter & Echo 200 fish finder) from the binnacle below, and cover the binnacle. I also lock all the hatches, and the companionway with a keyed lock.

The only parts of sailing that scare me are leaving the slip, and returning to the slip. I can't imagine anyone, other than me, trying to back my boat safely out of my slip. I will admit here that the first few times that I tried were not pretty...

My biggest fear is that some kid may come along, and simply uncleat the lines, and watch the boats bounce off of each other as the tide and wind push them around. However, I rely on the security at the yard (someone walks the docks at least twice a day) to ensure that this does not happen.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

We had a power boat stolen from the marina a few years ago. Twenty something yellow center console. Guy who owned it was driving through a neighborhood a few weeks later and saw it sitting on a trailer.

Hard to hide a sailboat. Dinghys and motors do occasionally get stolen from moorings in Portland. A friend had his dinghy stolen off his mooring by some kids. They were dumb enough to be horsing around right in the mooring field. My buddy caught them but did not prosecute. He later found they had also stolen some other stuff at the same time but never confessed to. Next time he hauling them off to jail.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

The best bit of boat security is to leave the " things to do " list in plain view on a cabin table. Ant thief who sees that will run a mile to get an honest job istead of stealing a sail boat.

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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

One place we anchor when out cruising has a tricky entrance to navigate. Unless they are very careful, they'd run hard aground right where everyone would be staring at them.

Otherwise, when moored and we aren't on the boat, we could take the dinghy and quickly catch up with them.

Oh, and we have webcam on board that sends me an email whenever there's motion inside the salon. Last fall we "caught" the marina manager as he was preparing to haul the boat out. I have the picture somewhere if anyone wants to see it.

The system is also configurable to send an email when the shore power gets accidentally disconnected. That's more for winter in-water storage. Right now it emails me when the bilge pump turns on.

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