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Help Identify Stolen Boat

Here's the deal.

In June, when Val and Tommy came to portugal we stoped in Sines and saw this boat.

We laughed at the contraption the owner had installed in the stern, and left the nexta day.

I remember thinking it was a Swan, its around 60 feet long, big beautifull boat.

Anyway, last October, on my way up, I stopped at same place and saw it again.

The Police there told me they suspect its stolen. Its been there for almost a year now, and no papers or nothing inside, no VIN nothing.

The boat came into the harbour during a storm, and never went into the marina. They anchored and during the winds, it dragged and beached (almost) the keel kept it from actually beeching completely.

The next day the fishermen pulled them out and towed them to the marina.

3 Italian guys came out of the boat, left a phone number and said they would come back..Its been a year now.

The Portuguese police can't trace the owner, and since they don't have a complaint, they pretty much just let it stay there, because the men said they would come back

Here are the photos. If one of you boat spotter geniuses can identify the boat (assume theat ugly stern thing is not there) and tell me what boat it is, I might be able to help the Police identify the possible owner

Off course the name Indiana is fake, and so is the British flag.



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HEY!!! That's MY boat. It's been missing for about a year...

Just kidding. Interesting story, but this one's out of my league....
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Indiana maybe the state in which the owner lives, we have boats around here with haling ports like Utah, Navada, Arizona, Colorado

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There will be a hull number somewhere.
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The inboard engine will have a serial number that can be tracked to identify the boat.


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It would help if we had photos of the entire boat, rather than just bad ones of the stern.

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I don't think that's a British flag, looks to be Bermudian. As ugly as that stern addition is, it seems to do a good job at expansion of the cockpit seating. I'd like to see an overall view of the boat.

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With the twin helms, and twin fore and aft cockpits, plus the color scheme of the stripes, I think Giulietta is correct and this is probably a Swan. Maybe the 57 or 60? That stern extension contraption probably got mounted right over the H.I.N.

I would think the port police would have access to stolen-boat databases? This is an interesting mystery. Keep us posted....
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Who is paying for the slip fee? I agree with Zanshin, the inboard engine should have a serial number, along with some of the electronics.

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Unfortunately, the engine serial numbers, as well as the electronics serial numbers, aren't usually in a database. Most boats have a secondary HIN plate somewhere inside the boat though, so that might well be worth looking at.

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