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I was down on the boat Sunday which is on the hard for the winter. I noticed that one of my ST-60 instrument covers was missing. AGAIN. This is the second time in a year that someone has taken a cover. After the first time I replaced it ($12.00 plus shipping) We wrote the boat name on each of the covers thinking that this would be a deterrent. NOT. Well I went over the the local WM to see if they had any replacements. Nope, but the guy told me that there have been a number thefts in the area. He specifically said it was little stuff like fenders and such but not so much the big ticket items. Are people that F'ing cheap?
I guess I'm gonna have to write all over my fenders now too!

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This past fall, I had 100's of dollars of resins, paint thinner, acetone, tools removed from my boat while it was on the hard. They even had to find a latter to get up on it. It was wrapped in a tarp on the cockpit floor.

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As to ST-60 covers - Wind can do that to you. Put a velco hold down on it.
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It was wrapped in a trap on the cockpit floor.
Wrapped in a trap? and you didn't catch them?


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I was down on the boat Sunday which is on the hard for the winter. I noticed that one of my ST-60 instrument covers was missing. AGAIN. This is the second time in a year that someone has taken a cover. After the first time I replaced it ($12.00 plus shipping) We wrote the boat name on each of the covers thinking that this would be a deterrent. NOT. Well I went over the the local WM to see if they had any replacements. Nope, but the guy told me that there have been a number thefts in the area. He specifically said it was little stuff like fenders and such but not so much the big ticket items. Are people that F'ing cheap?
I guess I'm gonna have to write all over my fenders now too!
I hear ya. I forgot to mentio nit on Sailnet, but my boat was broken into the weekend before last (last Thursday night, actually). They took all my Shiner Bach and apparently got caught in the act because the Coors Light was sitting in the companionway, along with the thief's mag light!!! At first I thought it was a gag my dad was playing on me, then found out from the security guard that it was not. He caught the guy running around on the docks and must have interrupted him in the middle of my boat. Oh well, I lost my beer and got a mag light.

I have also had my outboard stolen off the dink, but that was many years ago. Other than that, I guess I have been fairly lucky?

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We've been lucky for the past 12 years at our marina - not one theft. The marina charges a mint for seasonal rates, but their 24/7 security is second to none.

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The grill has been scaring them away. Either it looks like a big security robot or they are afraid it will fall on them.
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Wrapped in a trap? and you didn't catch them?
Ha, I need more coffee, tarp

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The grill has been scaring them away. Either it looks like a big security robot or they are afraid it will fall on them.
It is not the grill, it is my ferocious guard dog...


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Just remember, you don't have to make your boat theft-proof... just make it less appealing to the thieves than the next boat over. Fortunately, it really isn't a problem at my marina.

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