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No, never had anything stolen from my boat. 58 66.67%
Yes, once. 17 19.54%
Yes more than once. 12 13.79%
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Old 27-08-2012, 14:03   #46
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This is REALLY annoying. Not a BIG theft, but the third time I have had lines taken.




I would love to hear suggestions on how I might keep this from happening.
That really sucks.

I think someone would just cut the line with the eyesplice.

Too bad the GPS trackers are still too big to hide in a rope.

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Dayglow orange may be the only way to go.

I thought you were in a "decent marina". Management? Video?
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Old 27-08-2012, 14:19   #47
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That really sucks.

I think someone would just cut the line with the eyesplice.

Too bad the GPS trackers are still too big to hide in a rope.

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Dayglow orange may be the only way to go.

I thought you were in a "decent marina". Management? Video?

I am in a very good marina, but even if they had video cameras, I have been gone so much of the time that it would be a HUGE amount of video to go through. There's no camera trained on my boat 24/7, so there's no guarantee it would have caught it at all.

I thought I knew who had taken the line the second time -- a barely-used coil, 90 ft I think, that served as a jackline. Someone had used it for something else and it was piled on the cabin top until I could recoil it and stow it.

It's just a good thing my neighbor noticed how close my bow was to the sea wall, then my sailing buddy noticed that the carabiner was in the wrong place. It just never occurred to me that someone would do that.

At least the thief tried to keep the boat off the seawall, but that was probably just so the theft would go unnoticed for a while.
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Old 30-08-2012, 12:46   #48
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Re: Have You Ever Been a Victim of Boat Crime ?

I had my boat stolen. It took several years to track it down and get her back.

The electronics were all stripped out, and the boom was missing, probably sold for scrap aluminum.
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Old 30-08-2012, 19:57   #49
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I had my boat stolen. It took several years to track it down and get her back.

The electronics were all stripped out, and the boom was missing, probably sold for scrap aluminum.
I forgot to mention that it happened right here in the good old USA, not some third world country.
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Re: Have You Ever Been a Victim of Boat Crime ?

Thread a thin insulated wire into your lines, allowing for stretch. Hook up an alarm. Or a light. Or a camera. Or a dog. Or just get chains and car springs, and hope the clowns don't show up with hacksaws and cutting torches.
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If unauthorized boarding is a crime, the answer is yes. Fortunately we got back before the perp could pocket anything.
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Old 03-09-2012, 14:27   #52
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Re: Have You Ever Been a Victim of Boat Crime ?

If being robbed by a shipyard counts.... then my answer is yes.
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Old 03-09-2012, 14:40   #53
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I had my boat stolen. It took several years to track it down and get her back.

The electronics were all stripped out, and the boom was missing, probably sold for scrap aluminum.

That's horrendous!
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I'm willing to bet that upwards of 90% of thefts experienced by cruisers concern dinghies and outboards.

This was certainly the case for me; someone ripped off my dink. Years ago. Since then, I've always locked it with a cable, and I've always locked the engine mounts as well.
I think if you add "things stolen out of the cockpit" you'll arrive around 99%.

I had a guy try to steal my outboard. I actually just bought a new one, and it's going to meet my can of shock-green spray paint soon. I have no hard and fast evidence on this, but my belief is that the outboards get stolen to get resold, and one that looks hideous is more likely to get passed up for a pretty one.
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Where my boat is currently, there are, shall we say, less than desirable characters living on the little Islands in the delta here. They cruise into the harbor for reasons I do not want to know. Their skiffs are usually some beat up POS from the 60's but strangely all have fairly new Honda outboards. Must be a special on them...
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Dink and outboard in Malaysia. Were returned after offering a reward. Most likely they could not figure out what to do with a 3hp motor. After that, every night they go up on deck.

Money from a bag inside a cupboard, in Thailand. They obviously needed it more than we did.
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