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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

This was big news in our area not too long ago: Update: Stolen Sailboat Runs Aground at Linda Mar Beach; 3 Arrested - Police & Fire - Pacifica, CA Patch. It blew me away that someone would have the cojones to steal an 82' million dollar sloop because they're just not that easy to hide. That said, when I go to my boat, I pass a nice kayak with a surfboard on top and constantly wonder how that doesn't go awalking like the floor mat on my slip did just yesterday...
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

It does seem incredible that sailboat theft is so infrequent. I suppose they are too slow for joy rides - but why no chop shops for sailboat parts?

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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

You wanna figure out a good way to get your newly stolen sailboat over to a chop shop? Unless your chop shop is on the water, in which case it'd be pretty hard to miss.
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There is a very easy way to quickly hide a sailboat, but I'm not saying what it is.

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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Remember the movie Ruthless People, where Judge Reinhold kidnaps Bette Midler and can't get rid of her? That's a nice metaphor for stealing a sailboat.

The only news stories I've read about sailboat thefts seemed to involve escapees from the loonie bin, or people who were too drunk to know what they were doing. What does that tell you about sailboat owners? RIGHT! Nobody of sound mind or body would want a sailboat!

I've always had this vision in my head of a scene of a movie where someone steals a sailboat, and law enforcement grabs the closest available dinghy to chase them down, but it only has an electric trolling motor. The slow-motion chase scene would be pretty good comedy.
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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.
Of everything mentioned so far, this is probably the system more owners should set up...
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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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Brad, can you send a link or more data on your system. I assume you have to pay a monthly cell service fee?

I don't get too concerned over this, but I've occasionally wanted to know if marina staff, who have the key to our companionway, are aboard. In some cases, I would just like to know they actually did show up to do what I asked! So far, I've not incurred theft, but I have returned to find they never did the work I needed to sail the following weekend.


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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Rarely have I seen entire sailboats stolen, usually deck gear. More of a problem in the third-world where no mater how broke a cruiser you are, you are "rich" by local standards.

While sailing coastal Venezuela a few years back I used to leave a Monkey-Ward 12V fence charger hooked to my un-sheathed, un-grounded life lines when I was away from the boat at anchor, or asleep. Not enough to hurt anyone, but you grab a stanchion to help yourself out of the dink, you tend to make a lot of noise (Don't ask how I know that) Ended up adding a Radio Shack remote control to turn it on and off.

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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

I did have my dinghy stolen by a drunk who could not swim. He did not realize I had a bungee to the stern in addition to the bow line. When the bungee got to full stretch it yanked the dinghy back and him overboard He had to be rescued too - idiot almost drowned

BTW - About 90% of all boating related thievery around Annapolis happens in October. All the migrating liveaboards build up until November and then they move south. A certain percentage of them are more-or-less homeless people on floating junk that aren't above "creative repurposing of other people's property".

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It does seem incredible that sailboat theft is so infrequent. I suppose they are too slow for joy rides - but why no chop shops for sailboat parts?
Go look at all the crap at a consignment shop gathering dust...small market
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