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Hello!

There was a wealth of material left out, but, our story was only worth so much air time.

Here are the news stories which aired Monday night, on ABC and CBS:

Just click on these links and they should load and play after you actuate, (click the mouse), on the Start: > arrow:

Man Arrested After Allegedly Making Himself At Home On Sailboat CBS Boston

Couple finds stranger making himself at home on their housebost | Local News - WCVB Home

They are pretty entertaining. :-)

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Glad you guys are OK. I bet that was unnerving!

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By the way, I replaced the gangway lock latch with one which swivels, so someone wanting to break in can't just twist the lock to break the latch. Sadly, now all they have to do is kick in the door, or use an ax.
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Glad you guys are OK. I bet that was unnerving!
It took a number of seconds to realize he was not a cop, and then the whole reality came into focus.

Yes, we are very lucky that he wasn't violent.
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Dude - you guys live an adventurous life to be sure! BDay cake munchies!

PS - I love the apple and beer cams in the second piece. Nice production value.


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Glad you are Ok. In the 4 years LA in Maine we have never experienced something like this but our neighbor(woman) did have a guy board and enter her cabin why she was sleeping. He took off when she woke.

Our dog will bark quite ferociously when someone boards our boat so we have that going for us.

BTW, I would press charges just for eating my cake!

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The charges against this guy are extensive. He is charged with impersonating an officer, breaking and entering, and felony theft, as the main ones.

But, currently he is in a mental facility being "evaluated" for mental competency before his trial.
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I have an infrared alarm system that lets me know if anyone climbs aboard. The only time it has went off was when a great blue heron decided my boat was a good place to spend the night - scared the Hell out of me, but when I investigated with a loaded handgun, I got a chuckle out of seeing the heron looking at me and being just as scared.

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I have an infrared alarm system that lets me know if anyone climbs aboard. The only time it went off was when a great blue heron decided my boat was a good place to spend the night - scared the Hell out of me, but when I investigated with a loaded handgun, I got a chuckle out of seeing the heron looking at me and being just as scared.

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That's great, glad to hear it works for you. But, we have so much motion on deck, I suspect I would become a neighborhood nightmare with an alarm going off so often.

A hard wired alarm on our gangway hatch might be a viable idea though !
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Gorgeous boat! Glad you are safe... Cooler heads prevailed...
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