Originally Posted by sneuman
It is not a boat locals would want. They are all fishermen at West End. And, if you'd seen the caliber of boats that put in at WE, you wouldn't for a second suggest that a foreigner would be interested. If Dagny had been in the marina, it would have been the smallest boat by 11 feet (mine being the next smallest) and one of the few sailboats.
I think theft can be all-but ruled out.
Your quick to rule
out theft with little to no evidence. But as you spent some time with Gill I'll trust that you have concluded that the vessel was not secured enough.
Fisherman would not normally be 'thieves' I'd suggest and behind every community is another community. Thieves are not always, but mostly opportunistic. The fact the coast guard seen it 25 miles away is not evidence it was not stolen. It was purely evidence of where it was at that time.
In addition, a thief once having stolen the boat and realising they can't get the engine
going would have been keen to head
inshore as soon as possible.
And I've just realised I was three pages behind.
Gil, just don't discount thieves because it's not what you would 'think' someone would do. For 14 years I was a cop and what thieves will steal always surprises me. They often will put little thought into there plans. It's often just opportunistic. And if it was stolen, then as soon as they realise they can't start it, they would be wanting to head
inland as soon as possible, a beach, head land, anywhere to get off.