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cardiacpaul 01-01-2007 11:40 AM

Somebody wanted a sail more than I did
We went to the boat yesterday for a spirited outing.(temp 40, winds 20-25kts).

I went to hank on the 100 jib and its nowhere to be found.

Last week, the Cuban went to the boat to tidy her up for me(us) and told me she had a devil of a time putting a sail back in the bag. Hmm, not much cause for concern, I thought it was because she's new at this so I was very pleased and grateful for her efforts. (3 broken nails, much huffing and puffing.) I didn't remember leaving a sail out in the cabin, but I have been known to do that in the past.

Anyway, after not finding the sail, I found where The Cuban had put a 120 sail in the 100 bag. No wonder she had a hard time with it.

So, some slimeball took out both the 100 and 120, left with the 100 sail and the 120 bag, left the others strewn about the cabin. They would have had to come in by boat, the dock is secure.

I just don't understand some people. They are ALL 30 YEAR OLD hand hanked dacron sails. What the hell are they going to do with it? Tarp? New convertible top for a Fiat?

The left me my 165 ( I think, I have to check, the bag looks much less "full" than I remember and its too darn cold to want to yank it out of the bag) and the 120.

Oh well, such is life.

We had a wonderful time, spray in the face, 5.8 kts, 25-30 degree heel, colder than hell, the Cuban and her 13 year old daughter had a great time, (she even took the tiller for the first time! )my smile was frozen to my face. Beautiful sunset, evening spent with great friends and family.
Its the little things.

I'm not mad about it, just... puzzled.

wildcard 01-01-2007 12:24 PM

How strange???? Someone recently broke into my boat and drank all the beer. The wife has another theroy on that one...Hope your AWOL sail turns up, somehow.

cardiacpaul 01-01-2007 12:28 PM

If I see a new white awning on a trailer, or a white tarp covering a '69 malibu up on blocks in a back yard, all hell is going to cut loose! :)

stlcat22 01-01-2007 01:09 PM

Heh, I had to read this about 3 times before figuring out the Cuban wasnt some fancy sail.

sanctuarysam 01-01-2007 04:23 PM

reading this raises my blood pressure
sheesh, i can't imagine what it does for yours.
for the record, the cuban is a fancy one...
absent knowing anything about your sails, i am amazed anyone would want old sails. geez,30 years old, i have to believe they are a little soft...
i believe the karma sailing gods will get these people (okay..i HOPE they will).
anyway..hey paul, glad you managed to get out for a pre-surgery sail

Giulietta 01-01-2007 05:41 PM


I know exactly how you would feel.:mad:

Now taking the 100 with the 120's bag. Sounds something "French" to me.

Are there any French vessels near you??:D

I sincerely hope that who took your sail, has a one week long diahrrea, and run out of water and toilet paper!!:D

JouvertSpirit 01-01-2007 09:17 PM

Thieves. I've been lucky. I do worry about my boat's contents. She is going into dry dock this month for a repower and I'm thinking that I'm going to remove some items like the Garmin chart plotter and hand-held VHF, etc. The chart plotter was about a grand in cost, but I doubt it would turn much interest in a fencing pawn shop though.

I wish someone would steal my old diesel engine and not damage the boat too much doing it. ;) I'm going to have the old Farymann finally replaced with a new Yanmar on my Pearson 10M. Still don't know if I'm going with a three cylinder or two.

sailaway21 01-01-2007 10:45 PM

Not too sure about the dock being secure as about half of such thefts tend to be "inside" jobs; keys and combos get copied and passed along and the recepients know the habits of property owners. Maybe?
I would suspect that the sail was not the most valuable item on your boat. Why would nothing else be taken?

One of my co-workers recently observed a group of youths walk across the street and into his neighbor's back yard. When they re-emerged from the yard they were no longer wearing their shirts. As he lives in a less than savory neighborhood, he called the cops. The miscreants were apprehended trying to sell a goodly amount of his neighbor's electronic goods. I'm wondering if a cover or wrapping was needed for a pilfered outboard or similar item.

Glad you are doing well with it-it usually takes me much longer than I'd like to get over the rage and sense of violation. Life is too short to rail against the injustice of it all, a lesson that I suspect you exemplify much better than I.

Good luck with the upcoming medical procedures-you're in our prayers.

wlcoxe 01-02-2007 01:01 AM

What kind of vessel are we talking about here? And where are you? I have three sails for an ODay 28 (100%, 130% and main, all serviceable but vintage 1979 and a roller furling 130% jib and a main, vintage 1989 from an ODay 40.

labatt 01-02-2007 12:12 PM

Look to the positive side? Now you can actually have true justification to the other half as to why you HAVE to buy a new sail?

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