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He asked how to resolve this issue. I said he could buy it from me for a low price, or I'd pay him a small reward for "finding it". He agreed to pay. I feel much better about it all now, and a little proud that my boat is still working after 23 years outdoors.
How exactly did that work out.
Did he have the cash in his pocket?

Did you hang onto the dinghy until you got paid?

Did you end up with any cash or did you just exchange boat value for salvage value?
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Glad to hear you are still with us. Unfortunately you were rewarded for your behavior. I am sure your wife still thinks your nuts.

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Pounding him unconscious, removing 4 years of rent from his wallet, tossing his empty billfold onto his broken comatose face and retrieving your dinghy would have been a better story. But I'm happy for you anyway.
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Pounding him unconscious, removing 4 years of rent from his wallet, tossing his empty billfold onto his broken comatose face and retrieving your dinghy would have been a better story.
That made me laugh, then I felt guilty for laughing. Crap.

Way to go Wandering!

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I have met Wandering Star in person. He is everything he says and his 6'5" frame and demeanor would scare the crap out of me if I was the guy holding his boat. I'd have paid him whatever he wanted; better yet, give him back the boat.
I would never have mis-appropriated his boat in the first place though.
As a retired law enforcement officer (LEO) he knew what might happen if he called in the cavalry.
We often hear that there is no such thing as a 'free' boat. You just proved that a stolen boat is also not a 'free' boat.
It is a pretty fair testament to his boat building skills that his 'missing' dinghy is still being used and in good shape.

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Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

WanderingStar, good story. Glad it turned out well. You showed amazing restraint.

I do wonder if I'd have been as restrained, especially if it was a boat I'd built...

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As for confronting strangers, yes, it is a risk. But I am 6'5" tall, 240 lbs, a veteran and retired police officer. I thought my demeanor would discourage violence, and if it occured, I have the training to defend myself.
6'5", 240, and I'm guessing your demeanor was umm, "serious".

I know that look, sounds like the theif may have had a bit of scare

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I guess the real question now is, was the payment a purchase or rental? What are you going to do next time you see him with your boat? This could become a recurring cash flow!

I agree that this guy had probably been looking over his shoulder while rowing for the past four years. Certainly not a "free boat."


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Your a good guy WanderingStar..I respect the caliber of man you are..

BUT Never underestimate a good old A$$ kicking it can only help the perp's honor (what little he might have) well worth leaveing him face down in the dirt with a NOW paid for dink !

It would also help your fellow sailers as he would think hard & long next time.

Maybe Im just to old school ... but in my experience settling up doesnt help the perp learn anything .. IMHO the experience of the encounter might even save his life someday Ive , seen it happen.....

My first read on Sailnet today best story all week !!

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Did you give him a receipt for the purchase so he can legally claim it? Or like someone else said, you can keep going back for more! I respect the way you handled it. Cant say I would have done the same but would like to be able to say I could!

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Wow What a story.How was it stolen? Was the chain/rope cut from the beach? Im happy everything worked out. that was an assetive move to resolve the situation. That was not mt sainai harbor right?
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