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post #11 of 19 Old 05-23-2007
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I've never heard of "West Chester" NY.

There's Westchester, a rough part of Bronx County, a part of NYC, where the only mooring would be on the Bronx River. IIRC there's one rather industrial small boat yard behind a fuel oil company, one of the most, ah, unattractive places you'd ever take a boat.

So he probably means "Westchester County", the first county north of NYC on the mainland, which encompasses a lot of boaters and harbors. And some towns with a lot of poverty, not just the rich. But boating is big business up there, there are lots of eyes in the marinas and not many places to just drop a hook. Would you park a car in any major US city without locking it up? Right, same thing for a boat.

Or, there's Westchester County,
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Yeah - west chester county just above NYC - he was poor and was a yacht bi-atch doing all the dirty work
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It can happen anywhere. I am a firm believer in preparedness and overwhelming force concerning a perp. Thats the chief reason I will not sail in Canadian waters, not that I need to as I will not be able to visit and vacation in every port in the US Great Lakes in my lifetime anyways, as the govt there has effectivly disarmed the law abiding Canadian civilians, and as an alien in that country I have no means to effect a good defense except by shouting "Boooo, booga booga booooo."
Rick, The Canadian citizens are well armed, the gov't just disarms the visitors. Our country, our rules. Mostly you'll just get robbed by the polite people at the fuel dock and the beer store where they're willing to take the $US, but only at par. "Thank you, come again! Have a NICE day."
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Quite often when we take the dink ashore for a while, leaving our boat unattended on a mooring or anchor, I will launch the kayak and keep the painter tied astern. This gives the impression to potentially dishonest boarders that someone is still aboard.
It would be really sad if someone watched you leave and then took your kayak.

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It would be really sad if someone watched you leave and then took your kayak.
In reality Cap, if that "someone" is so intent upon causing grief to us by watching our every move, than there isn't much we can do to deter theft once we go ashore.

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In general, being out on the water is far safer overall than being on dry land.

If someone really wants to steal something from your boat, there really isn't anything you can do to stop them. The best you can do is hope ot make it incovenient enough that they go on to the next boat instead.

Of course, the larger and more expensive your boat, the more likely it is to be a target... I've noticed that small sailboats, especially those under 30' or so, tend to be ignored as targets, while powerboats and larger sailboats seem to get more attention.

I've also noticed that most thefts from sailboats are for small pieces of equipment, personal belongings, or electronics, which are easily re-sold. They tend not to try and steal the boat itself. Powerboats are stolen quite often... especially further south.

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I was watching Lewis Black last night...

He thinks that instead of building that wall between Texas and Mexico, you guys should build a wall between Canada and the US...because, he said...that is where the cold weather comes from....and other things, too...
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I always lock up when I leave, at anchor or in the marina. May not stop all of 'em, but keeps honest people honest. Not really a concern back in NC, but up here at school I've noticed nothing stays in the bed of my truck for longer than an hour.
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Au Contraire Monsieur,

It depends on the windage and the range.
And clear line of sight with a .50 cal Barrett.

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50 cal. Boy you must be rich, that's $4 a round for the cheap stuff, $7 for the better grades. WAY too much money to waste on petty thieves, unless you're trying to sink their boat from 1/2 mile away. And then, you know the EPA is gonna get you for a MARPOL violation.
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