Originally Posted by simonmd
Sorry to hear of your loss but thanks for reminding us that such things happen. I'm off cruising soon and i don't have a decent lock for my Zodiac
, it's now on my 'to do' list tomorrow!
I'm afraid this is what any robbers would be greeted with on my boat, maybe the noise
of them saying "awwww, how cute.." would wake me....
A decent lock is NOT ENOUGH you need to get the dinghy
out of the water
on the end of your Halyard
or in Davits
You need about 5/8" SS chain and a padlock with a hardened hasp to slow these buggers down OR make them choose an easier target.......
FIVE dinghies and outboards went AWOL from one of the local marinas
one night and ALL were chained up then another FIVE outboards went AWOL from a local boatyard...........
The SXM Net organiser Mike at Shrimpy's laundry lost
(HAD STOLEN) three outboards and RIBs last month the best RIB
is still AWOL and the two not so god ones were found the next day on the beach minus the outboards of course.
This IMHO is more than petty thievery.
We also heard that the Gendarmes ALL had to take their holidays before the end of the financial years so for two weeks there was almost no police presence - following on from that we were told that the Gendarmes are from mainland France
on a six month secondment and dont get involved in local problems and issues - spoils their holiday in the sun ...
How much truth there is in all of that i am unable to determine BUT i do know that until the Gendarme are seriously into local goings on this is only going to get worse.
Finally the customs
people need to inspect every container before it leaves the island then we may see this stop or diminish to an insignificant level .
At the moment St Martin
is BAD NEWS for us Cruisers AND St Martin
all over again.
The only good news i can report is that there are three Caribbean racing
sloops drawn up on the beach in Grand Case and i spoke to the men
that sail them and they said IF your dinghy/engine is still on the island we will locate it.
Would be nice if they can.....obviously i will keep this thread updated IF there is any positive progress.
I will be writing to the St Martin Government
especially the Tourist office and the Grand Case traders who have a web site with email
address to explain the situation and the consequences if this is allowed to continue.