Boat (almost) stolen. Totally insane day - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree14Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-22-2011
cormeum's Avatar
48' wood S&S yawl
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 421
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
cormeum is on a distinguished road
Boat (almost) stolen. Totally insane day

Today:

I'm at work and I get a call from the Waukegan Harbormaster asking if I've given permission for anyone to take our boat out.

Me: Noooo.

Them: well there's a woman who is on your boat and it's pinned up against the end of E- dock (our slip is on D-dock)

So I make the land speed record getting up to waukegan harbor, meanwhile the harbormaster has called the Waukegan Police and they're all waiting at the end of E- dock

There a 60 y.o. or so woman sitting on our boat wearing a Chicago Sailing School polo, with the jib and mizzen sort of up. Fortunately, the wind today is about 3 kts so there was not too much opportunity for damage, however the woman had tossed some moorrage pieces off the dock onto the deck so I have some minor fiberglass repairs to the deck to do. Also good that CSS didn't actually teach her to sail

Seems that she walked down to the end of the pier, untied the boat and walked it out. She then (partly)put up the mizzen and unrolled the jib.

She then realized that she didnt know how to sail- she bumped off the breakwall a couple of times and the wind then slid our boat against the end of E dock. End of the ride.

She was still sitting on the deck when I got there. She had pulled the hinge pins off the center hatch but couldn't open it as it's dogged all the way 'round.

I walk up and say to her: Congratulations! You just tried to steal a $300,000 boat. You're going to jail!" and the Waukegan cops took her away.

Highest commendations to the Waukegan harbor maintenance crew ( they used the maintenance barge to get us off the pier and back into our slip) also the harbor crew who noticed her trying to get out of the harbor.
It seems that one of the harbor staff asked what the hell she was doing and she said that this was her husband's boat and his name was Mike. The harbor folks (who know us) knew that wasn't true and called me and the cops.

Truth be told, I think the woman is insane, but I rate today as a "10" on the wierdness scale; after all how could you fence a "one-off" boat?
messer999 likes this.
__________________
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." - Robert A.Heinlein

Last edited by cormeum; 08-22-2011 at 06:31 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 08-22-2011
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SF - South Bay
Posts: 542
Thanks: 1
Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 5
paul323 is on a distinguished road
Wild. Congrats on keeping such a beautiful boat!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 08-22-2011
RatHatDiver's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sunny San Diego
Posts: 81
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
RatHatDiver is on a distinguished road
WILD !!!! Friggen nut job no doubt.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 08-22-2011
smackdaddy's Avatar
Last Man Standing
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 13,537
Thanks: 98
Thanked 98 Times in 92 Posts
Rep Power: 9
smackdaddy is a jewel in the rough smackdaddy is a jewel in the rough smackdaddy is a jewel in the rough
Holy crap Corm! Here's to sucky sailor chicks!

I wonder why no on every tries to steal my C27?
messer999 likes this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 08-22-2011
cormeum's Avatar
48' wood S&S yawl
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 421
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
cormeum is on a distinguished road
Well, all's well thet ends well. I can think of 100 ways this could have turned out a lot worse.
__________________
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." - Robert A.Heinlein
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 08-22-2011
dhays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: University Place, WA
Posts: 626
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 5
dhays is on a distinguished road
Sounds like dropping off a couple 6-packs of a VERY good Ale at the harbormaster's office would be in order.
bogdog, rikhall, jholder and 3 others like this.
__________________
47*20'11.7" N
122*35'20.8" W
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328
My Blog on
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 08-22-2011
cormeum's Avatar
48' wood S&S yawl
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 421
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
cormeum is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhays View Post
Sounds like dropping off a couple 6-packs of a VERY good Ale at the harbormaster's office would be in order.
Beer for the maintenance crew, chocolates for the harbormaster
rikhall and Shipislandpirate like this.
__________________
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." - Robert A.Heinlein
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 08-22-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 201
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
glassdad is on a distinguished road
I just hope the t the police or District Attorney don't say she was insane and let her off with just a psychological workup. She needs to be charged with a major felony!
__________________
s/v Odyssey
Catalina 30
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 08-22-2011
cormeum's Avatar
48' wood S&S yawl
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 421
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
cormeum is on a distinguished road
I'm going to press for that.
__________________
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." - Robert A.Heinlein
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 08-22-2011
Undadar's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 83
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Undadar is on a distinguished road
Crazy. Congrats on keeping your boat though sorry to hear about the damage.

I hope you are successful with pressing charges and getting some sort of satisfaction. I recently had an experience that has left me VERY UNimpressed with our legal system.

Removed Link to site with commercial links per forum rules JH

Last edited by Jeff_H; 08-23-2011 at 09:26 PM. Reason: Removed Link to site with commercial links per forum rules JH
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BOAT STOLEN - Nevis RumPirate News Feeds 2 01-15-2011 12:04 PM
Stolen Boat tager General Discussion (sailing related) 6 06-09-2009 04:45 PM
Stolen boat recovered... glory68 General Discussion (sailing related) 14 06-04-2007 11:20 AM
stolen boat kathyfair Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 03-19-2006 08:23 PM
Am I Insane? (distressed boat purchase?) jmshack Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 04-30-2002 07:21 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:50 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.