Damn thieves don't they just drive you insane? It really is a sad situation when boatowners are buying
new outboards then peeling of all the stickers and even splashing them with paint
to make them look old & crappy in the hope that they will then be unattractive to the thieves.
Reminds me of a situation that I experienced in the past when I bought a new washing
machine. The old one was still working perfectly but the new one just had a larger capacity. So I thought I'd do a good deed and I put it out the front of my house on the grass with a sign on it saying that it was in perfect working order and free to a new home. The damn thing was still there 4 weeks later so I tried a different tack. I changed the sign to "For Sale
for $100" and I couldn't believe it when it dissappeared that very night. True story!
Coincidence? maybe, but I suspect that when it was for sale
the damn thief saw it as more of a challenge and they were getting themselves a "real bargain" by stealing it & saving themselves the $100.