Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-03-2014, 11:15   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: St. Louis, MO; Grenada
Boat: Lagoon 420
Posts: 144
Major theft

Recently, I experienced a major theft on my boat. I'm sure it was a boater. Among items stolen were: Spectra watermaker, Lithionics lithium ion batteries, Never Die controller, Midnite Classic solar controller, Raymarine tridata display and wind display, mic for Raymarine VHF, Eno 3 burner stove parts, electric and cordless tools, Vitrifrigo compressor for both fridge and freezer, Fujinon binoculars, salon table for Lagoon, Jabsco fresh water pump, Sharp tv/dvd, inflatable vests, Iridium 9555 phone, Kenwood stereo and a lot of other stuff.

Please announce this on your local net and anywhere else. If any of these items appear, please contact me by Private message. My phone is 473-458-6225. The boat was on the hook in Prickly Bay, Grenada.

Bradley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 12:04   #2
Long Range Cruiser
MarkJ's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Australian living on "Sea Life" currently in New York
Boat: Beneteau 393 "Sea Life"
Posts: 12,204
Images: 25
Re: Major theft


You must have been off for a while.

I hope you are insured for that loss.

Sounds like they cleared you right out

Notes on a Circumnavigation.

Somalia Pirates and our Convoy
MarkJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 13:04   #3

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12,077
Re: Major theft

"Iridium 9555 phone"
I'd contact them to ask if you can have the phone's serial numbers flagged, so that whoever tries to use it or activate it is reported to law enforcement. I don't know if Iridium has any policies on that, but it should be possible.
hellosailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 13:07   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Pickering Ontario
Boat: 1995 hunter 430
Posts: 269
Re: Major theft

thats awfull and I hope your covered............they might as well taken the kitchen would think someone would have seen alot of activity going on
Navicula is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 13:12   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St Louis, MO
Boat: Gulfstar 43 ketch
Posts: 160
Re: Major theft

Ouch! Sounds like you commute to your boat like us. We were robbed in our boatyard last winter but not as bad as yours. Hope you get at least some of your stuff back.
kbudd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 16:36   #6
Senior Cruiser
senormechanico's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2003
Boat: Dragonfly 1000 trimaran
Posts: 5,138
Re: Major theft

That really sucks. Keep an eye on eBay and such.
"I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned,
but not greed to want to take somebody else's money"

-Thomas Sowell
senormechanico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 17:44   #7
Senior Cruiser
Ann T. Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 7,092
Re: Major theft

If you are insured, perhaps the insurance company will have some advice for you on finding your stuff.

I don't think a yachtie did it, perhaps more likely to sell to other people, hence the recommendation above to check Craig's list and e-bay. If you have a record of the serial numbers of especially the large ticket items, you will be able to prove they were yours.

I hope you are able to retrieve all of it. Good luck.

Ann & Jim, U.S. s/v Insatiable II, SE Qld, for a while
Ann T. Cate is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 18:02   #8
Registered User
Sea_Green's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Boat: Chrysler 22
Posts: 17
Images: 1
Re: Major theft

Sorry to hear of your loss... Serious bummer. Did you have any theft preventatives rigged up?
Sea_Green is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2014, 22:47   #9
Registered User
Celestialsailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In Mexico, working on the boat
Boat: Hallberg Rassy 35 14ft.Whitehall pulling skiff.
Posts: 7,527
Images: 5
Re: Major theft

Bummer. I would think a non-boating thief wouldn't know what a Spectra R/O unit is. So I think you might be right with a boater doing it. Bad Karma.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"
Celestialsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2014, 05:15   #10
Registered User
Wolfy's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: En route to Puerto Rico via Caymans
Boat: Frers, Pilothouse, 72ft
Posts: 59
Re: Major theft

Damn...Prickley Bay eh?
I will be dropping the hook there in around a Month, security net states that you were away for 4 days...? But, regardless some fellow Cruisers parked nearby should have noticed something unusual going on...?
Prickly Bay isn't exactly an isolated anchorage......
"Common Sense is not so Common"
Wolfy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2014, 05:40   #11
HappyMdRSailor's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Mississippi
Boat: 48 Wauquiez Pilot Saloon-C22 Chrysler Sunpiper- 19 Potter-Preparing to cruise w/my girl
Posts: 5,923
Re: Major theft

I'm with Celestial on this one....

Look for a boat run up on a reef and go get your stuff back...

Unacceptable .....
In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair...

Mai Tai's fix everything...
HappyMdRSailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2014, 10:24   #12
Registered User
rognvald's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Great Lakes
Boat: Pearson 34-II
Posts: 1,838
Images: 1
Re: Major theft

You have a beautiful "high profile" boat that was obviously unattended for a period of time. You were in a "yachty" area and several of the items would only be useable/marketable to other sailors. It was probably a theft by another yachtie who wanted the items for himself or by a local with an order placed by a yachtie with a fast sale in the making. Your chances of finding the items are slim and it's best to chalk it up to experience. It is my opinion, based upon personal experience,that the Caribbean , like most places, is home to some unsavory characters and you were unfortunately the victim of one of them. Beneath the surface of many tropical paradises lies the underbelly of drugs, robbery, theft, mayhem and worse. I'm sorry for your loss and hope it does not affect your cruising plans in the future.
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathrustra
rognvald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2014, 10:55   #13
Registered User
rw58ph's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Seattle WA
Boat: Roughwater, pilot house, 58 ft
Posts: 485
Re: Major theft

Might want to invest in a cellular security system. The one we plan on installing is the Boatnany that can call three phone number. Has high water, AC/DC electric, low temp, high temp, and motion. You can also install a sound and light alarm and I think you can check/view by internet. When we are gone we notify the marina and have our general boat service to check on the boat a couple of timers per week. When we do leave for a couple of days we leave lights and the TV on so it looks like we might be/come home. It also helps if you are not the biggest/fanciest/newest boat around.
rw58ph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2014, 11:11   #14
Registered User
zboss's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: On a boat
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 3,023
Re: Major theft

They are testing a technology called "Cop Dots" here in Florida. I have started putting them on my equipment.

CopDots™ Anti-theft tools | Theft deterrent | Technology for Law enforcement
zboss is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2014, 12:22   #15
Registered User
Tripod's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Boat: Morgan Out Island 415
Posts: 219
Re: Major theft

We were cleaned out about 10 months ago. Took everything he thought he could sell (destroyed much of it in the process). We reported our serial numbers to the local PD as soon as we discovered the break in. Thief made the mistake of pawning our portable generator. Pawn shop checked PD database and he was arrested a few weeks later when he was pulled over for somthing else. He got 5 years prison plus five years probation for four felony charges. We're not the newest or fanciest boat in the harbor and we take all the usual precautions. Kudos to the marina staff and local PD for their support and assistance. We got the generator back, but lost everything else. I think the big plus is that word is likely out on the street that the boats in the harbor are not safe targets. Additional measures have been put in place to hopefully prevent a repeat.

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." Dave Barry
Tripod is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Not Petty Theft, but Entire Boat Theft OffWatch Health, Safety & Related Gear 12 17-07-2012 16:38
Dinghy Theft from the Beach Westie Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 15 16-05-2011 13:52
GPS tracking in case of theft SVLiv Marine Electronics 18 28-09-2007 11:27
Dinghy theft! Greg S Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 9 12-09-2007 15:16
Precautions against theft.. shadow Health, Safety & Related Gear 11 25-08-2007 04:59

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 18:59.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.