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10-17-2013 03:46 PM
casey1999
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Herd about this driving to work on radio:
Stolen yacht found wrecked on Big Island reef - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Here is the yachts web site:
http://corsairehawaii.com/

Paper says yacht a total loss.
09-28-2013 09:04 AM
Group9
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
And most gun owners would tell you that it is often illegal to shoot a mere thief. The thieves already know that. Thievery isn't burglary and you can't even legally shoot horse thieves, unless you're in Texas.
And, in most places, you are looking at nothing but a suspended sentence and probation for theft, anyway. At least until you get caught two or three times.
09-25-2013 05:22 PM
hellosailor
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

And most gun owners would tell you that it is often illegal to shoot a mere thief. The thieves already know that. Thievery isn't burglary and you can't even legally shoot horse thieves, unless you're in Texas.
09-25-2013 04:43 PM
MarioG
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

I would think even dumb thieves, and most are, would understand how easy it would be to get shot messing with a boat.
09-25-2013 04:31 PM
hellosailor
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Maybe half of those are powerboats on trailers, presumably stolen while on the trailer & quickly and easily moved or hidden. Dare one wonder if insurance fraud is also involved.
09-25-2013 03:57 PM
casey1999
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Here is a list of stolen boats. Looks like power boats get stolen most. Although look at previous years (see list at bottom of web site)- some large sail boats ripped too.

Boats Stolen 2013


This one was interesting:

1996 47.7 Bristol center cockpit
Stolen: June 14/15, 2006
Home Port: Padanaram Harbor, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Vessel Name: "Sea Eagle"
Reporting Agency: Padanaram Police Dept (508) 910-1700
Contact: OneBeacon Insurance: (800) 423-0067 ext 9821

REWARD 10% of Recovered Value
09-25-2013 03:14 PM
hellosailor
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

HyLyte-
"Perhaps if the consequences were graver, there would be less thievery but the problem is not high on many lists of law enforcement concerns."
AFAIK the only crime is "grand theft motor vehicle" or whatever the local(state) equivalent is. Same as stealing any car valued at over the threshold amount, which is $5000 IIRC. Once interstate lines are crossed it becomes an FBI matter, and these days if it doesn't wear a turban or a backpack, or carry a pressure cooker, the FBI is too busy to pursue "property crimes".
Maybe BoatUS could persuade Congress to add a new crime category for boats, once they get done with the other games they're playing.
09-25-2013 10:44 AM
svHyLyte
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Interesting, if not somewhat disturbing subject. Coincidentally, the current edition of BoatUS Magazine (Oct/Nov 2013) has an article on boat theft and a number of insurance company tracking/recovery specialists. As reported, high end power boats-Fountains etc.--are most often stolen, some to order, but no expensive boat is immune, nor are sailboats. While somewhat harder to move/hide they do disappear and if so, are rarely recovered. In most marinas, few will question someone on a boat acting as if it is their own or as if they belong there. As noted in an earlier comment, an 82' multi-million dollar yacht was stolen in Sausalito last year, and only recovered when the "perps" ran the thing aground off the coast. Similarly, in January 2004 a couple of bozo's managed to sail a Beneteau 57--the first one in the US and one of only 37 built--out of Charleston Harbor in the dead of night, evidently without even starting the engine. The boat was on an end tie and they evidently, cast off, hoisted sail and sailed the thing out of the harbor on an outbound tide. The boat simply vanished until it was "discovered" moored at the Jolly Mon Marina in Freeport by a sailor vacationing in the Bahamas that knew of the case due to its notoriety and reported the find to authorities. Identifying marks had evidently been removed but the rarity of the Beneteau 57 gave the scam away. Unfortunately, the "perps" suffered little retribution as reported by Soundings Magazine here. Perhaps if the consequences were graver, there would be less thievery but the problem is not high on many lists of law enforcement concerns.

FWIW...
09-24-2013 08:38 PM
hellosailor
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Interesting catch, Paul. No name, no numbers...every watercop in FL would pull that one over immediately if it was seen in the water. With good reason.
09-24-2013 07:21 PM
azguy
Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Out here it's all lakes, really hard to steal a boat when it's in the slip...
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