Originally Posted by Blue Stocking
A few years back, a story made the rounds here in BERMUDA
of a French man selling small RIBs and motors. These apparently had been stolen at this time of year from the mass of North travelling boats. He, apparently, intended to cash in on the time/distance difference and scoot East with the cash.
Someone from another boat is said to have recognised a RIB, stolen from a friend.
St Georges harbour is full right now, stay vigilant folks.
I have no confirmation of these reports.
Well for any Hercule Poirot's out there here is the INFO
Theft of AB Navigo 12VS RIB and 15HP Mercury
Outboard and other items from off the transom of Highland Fling anchored at Grand Case St Martin 12/05/2012 app 03:00 Hrs.
AB Navigo RIB 12VS Model Grey Tubes White GRP hull
with Red/Maroon Anti Foul Paint
below waterline. Starboard aft tube was not holding air 100% and went soft(ish) after a few days
Items in dinghy
Two collapsible paddles Yellow in Colour
Two LifeJackets / Buoyancy Aids Marked Highland Fling
Dinghy anchor (Mini Danforth) chain and warp
Grey Plastic tool box with missing catches (removed last week as they were corroding)
5 Gallon Yamaha Gas Tank Red
Mercury Gas Hose Silver with new connector at engine
side fixed with a S/S Jubilee Clip
Padlock (Yellow) on engine
(I have spare keys should you need them to identify padlocks)
Padlock (Yellow) on end of plastic covered security
wire app 15 feet long (I imagine the padlocks are long gone of course)
Dinghy Identification features
to the tubes and one to the GRP Hull
Professional Oval Patch on front tube
DIY double layered patch on bottom inside of Starboard front tube just above GRP floor level
DIY GRP epoxy
repair inside the back of the front locker (looks messy)
The front strip with the grommets (on the Front tube) for fixing a spray cover had lost/worn away the top layer of Hypalon due to the constant rubbing of the securiity line so it was a black/dark grey colour now.
The ///AB flashes on the side were not complete any more the coloured /// inserts in front of AB had fallen out
Light mount on inner side of the port side of the transom - this is a metal bracket with a centre eye bolt to hold the alloy pole for the portable (internal batteries) all round white navigation
Four GRP Blobs filling in four holes where a rectangular ID plate was - these are on the inner side of the starboard side of the transom.
A white rippled GRP coating for about 6 inches on the top of the Starboard side of the transom………underneath this is Highland Fling drilled into the GRP transom using a small twist drill (this GRP coating hiding our boat name was placed on the dinghy by someone who stole it from us before when Highland Fling was stored in a boatyard last hurricane
season. Obviously we traced the dinghy and had it returned.
The Mercury 15HP outboard S/N 18524937 had a black DAVIS Lifting Sling round the engine top cover. It also had White DAVIS Doel-Fins on the cavitation plate so if they have been removed the cavitation plate will have four fixing holes visible two on either side of the centreline.