Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC
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One of the posters was right - most good marine insurance companies will allow you to bind a policy over the phone, without consideration to who the legally registered owner is. I sympathize with having your baby set adrift. When I was 14 years old, my 14 ft runabout went missing, and turned up at a set of locks on the waterway I lived by - several miles away. Turns out according to the Lockmaster, that two older couples had come through in my boat, enjoying a joyride as though the boat were their own. He figured they were my parents, or he'd have called the police. I told him that NOBODY had my permission to use my boat without me, and the next time to call the cops while the boat was in the lock. They'd done some fancy work rewiring the ignition to work off the choke button. I'd have skinned them alive if I'd caught them. They'd burnt a couple of tanks of gas, and apparently even enjoyed some water-skiing.
At a marina where I keep my sailboat in the summer, someone snagged my hard dinghy off the dock last summer. I spent half my winter going to the homes of people posting dinghies for sale without photos, looking for it so could call the cops if I found it. This year, my inflatable with outboard is getting an outboard lock, and some very heavy chain with an armored padlock to lock it to the dock.
Where I keep my boat in the winter, though, security is great, and plenty of the liveaboard residents there are law enforcement professionals. Funny, nothing ever seems to dissappear from that marina.
Everyone, do your boating buddies a favor - if you spot people acting suspiciously, or hanging around the docks who look like they don't belong there, they probably don't. Let the dockmaster / cops know, and they can sort it out.