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I think a police report is in order. You do not know if this is happening to others also, you could (although not likely) be the final case that helps solve a rash of crimes.
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Here in Atlanta we've had a big problem with thieves stealing manhole covers and selling them for scrap.

Scott. I'd file a police report and keep my eyes open for your bimini. Chances are someone from one of the nearby marinas liked what he saw and helped himself.

Good luck!
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I would also place an ad on craigslist about it being stolen. I did that when someone stole my motor off my boat. Had a lot of people on the Texas coast email me that they would keep and eye out for it.

If anyone has an extra bimini that will work on a Starwind 22 let me know I am in the market for one. Really cheap. I can't go sailing again until I get one. Got the word Tuesday that I have Lupus.
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Scotty,

It is a good idea to file a police report. Talk to your BCPD buddy. At least with a report file and you do see your bimini on another boat you have grounds to have them pinched. No police report, no crime.

Just a suggestion. By the way Moe I love B'almer
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We had a similar problem only soem local druggy was stealing our 14 foot tender/fishing boat from our dock and using it to go to the local yacht club and steal things off boats on the moorings. One day my dad went down to the dock after our neighbor reported seeing someone take our boat after they downed a giant budweiser. He was with a cop and saw the guy on our boat. He fled and went out of sight and to a neighboring boat and ditched all the stolen goods which were a small flat screen, small navigation system and maybe a few speakers. They finally caught him then he fled the state........
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I'd have to second at least filing a police report. Not filing one only helps the thieves out.
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Scott,

Sorry to hear of your loss. I am down the river some at Rock Creek. On our trip to NYC last year when we stayed in a slip in Atlantic City we had our 50 amp shore power cored splitter removed in the middle of the night while we were on the boat. At 2 AM the air conditioning cut out and I went topside to see why and sasw the guy disconnecting it from the dock electric and chased him down the dock.

I woke up enough people that a good samaritan (68 Hatteras owner) tackled him and the police came and took him away. This in a quite well gaurded state marinia. It pays to make friends with you neighbors so you can all watch each others boats.

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I went topside to see why and sasw the guy disconnecting it from the dock electric and chased him down the dock.

I woke up enough people that a good samaritan (68 Hatteras owner) tackled him and the police came and took him away. This in a quite well gaurded state marinia. It pays to make friends with you neighbors so you can all watch each others boats.
That would have been very satisfying. There is an old saying that comes to mind though. "Don't corner anything meaner than you are." A lot of the thieves out here in the PNW are on meth, which can affect their demeanor and judgment.
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I am so sorry to read what happened to you!! That just drives me crazy, really...where I come from, we do beat the hell out of people for stuff like that, in the US you probably endup being sued...sorry, really am..

In my country, it's the French boats that visit us, that rob stuff..the French are known all over Southern Europe for doing that..in my marina we all run and lock the boatstie the fenders better and remove all no needed hardware from the deck, like spinaker blocks, etc...it's really frustrating..

Ince a French boat arrives we all start shouting among ourselves..HEY LOCK YOU BOAT, FRENCH ARRIVING!!!

Now I am not saying ALL French boats do that, but one in every 3 does that..they get fenders, blocks, outboards, lines etc...

I've had fenders, lines, blocks etc go, while we cruise in popular water they visit in Southern Europe...sad but true...

I know it's not nice to say, but, because of a few bad guys, all comunity pays for it...
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Yes do the police report. They wont put much effort into finding your bimini but if you spot it then you have them on your side.
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