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Old 18-12-2007, 15:59   #16
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If he is in that sort of cold in only underwear, I guess he was trying to find shelter. In fact, I reckon he didn't have a hack saw. He woudl have been trying to knaw through the chain with his chattering teeth.
If he is in that sort of cold in only underwear, he was probably tripping on something. Who knows what world he was in...
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Old 18-12-2007, 16:48   #17
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So I floor it and nearly run the kid down. He jumps into the snowbank and half runs half crawls for his life up the bank,
Sean, I am glad you gave that scumbag a run for his life.

I am also happy you went back to radiant heating with wood.

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Old 18-12-2007, 17:45   #18
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Is there any way of moving that padlock to the INSIDE of the van? (at least when you are on board) I would be worried, especially with a combustion heater going all night, that in the event of a fire, that might be the only accessible way out, and it's padlocked from the outside.
Agreed. I wanted to have the lock on the inside, but instead of changing things around to do that, I have break out windows. It was more simple that way. There are quite a few modes of exit.
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Old 18-12-2007, 17:46   #19
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I think you're right Seafox.

There's a lot of questions need answering here:

But I'm afraid to ask.

I'm starting to think the poor fellow was just trying to escape the crazy half naked man chasing him.


Ha ha ha... it sure was a surprise for the would be thief.

To be clear - I was sleeping when all this went down. Hence, the underwear. Let's just be glad I don't sleep naked!!
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Old 18-12-2007, 17:54   #20
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What state are you in? I want to put it on my list of places never to visit.

I saw a 12 meter catamaran a week or so ago that had your name on her

Needs some TLC of course but you're the right guy for that ole buddy.. Of course you have to 'winter' here in florida to get her ready.
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Old 18-12-2007, 18:58   #21
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It's a good thing you scared the crap out of him.

It's a better thing you didn't catch him and run him over - In the wonderful world of America he would have owned you and you woulda been lucky to "keep" your underwear much less your home...
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Well if you make it to greenport you can live on Shiva in the water if you miss it so much. I have some project for you to complete before you saddle up your winning bagel.

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Old 18-12-2007, 23:46   #23
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Well Sean, I do sleep naked, and I HAVE been known to pop on deck in the freezing cold. I figure the sight of that alone is enough to deter the average low life. Picture 250 pounds of hairy naked maniac standing out in the snow screaming what do you want! In fact, in my trucking days, there were a couple of occasions I had to get out of the truck to deal with a situation. Putting on clothes was not high on the priority list. Ah well, you just need to write a book. You certainly have more adventures than most
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It happens on boats too. We were on a mooring at Nelson Bay, sound asleep, when footsteps on the deck woke me. I went out the companionway (starkers) and saw someone at the dinghy davits trying to figure out how to lower it. I grabbed him by the throat and pushed him against the pushpit, with the intention of hitting him as hard as I could, when the thought hit me - if I knock him out, and he drowns, I'll be up for murder. So I just shoved him overboard. He did cop some damage from the dinghy propellor on the way down though.
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who prayed on transient victims were a problem too. It may have changed since then but I kind of doubt it. It may not have changed since the middle ages. We generally just kept on moving.
Nope the old games are still the best. People are still the same in the past 50,000 years.

If you are hunting squirrels you go to the forest because it's where the nuts are. The forest in this case would be the "park and ride". I'm just not clear why you would chase someone with a loaded RV instead of a shot gun? Sorting out the squirrels and nuts part of this analogy is causing some confusion.

Hiding an RV in a park and ride lot just seems to be asking for problems Sean. As you see now, it attracts the wrong type of people. You seem to be saying "rob me now or later". Maybe if you uglied up the outside of the RV a bit it might it might convey a "we got nothing here" message.

You need a new anchorage. This one seems a bit foul.
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Well, mostly I posted this for everyone's entertainment. (as KaiNui's post was also very entertaing!!) It was a strange experience... one you don't see every day. It was slightly related to sailing in that I didn't experience this overt of an attempt on my boat while living aboard, or while working on megayachts.

To answer your question, Paul:

I wouldn't chase a guy with a shotgun because as a gun owner you have to be *responsible*. Once you choose to have a weapon, it must be used with the utmost care. Once the weapon is taken out, the situation escalates dramatically. You should do all you can before you are backed into the corner of pulling out a gun. It's not something to take lightly and is not something I would use to chase away a hooligan like this kid was. He certainly wasn't a threat to my life, which is the only occasion I would ever break out the gun for. Simply put: It's not a toy.

Sorry for the passionate response, but I feel very strongly about that stuff.

Yes... the Park & Ride is not a great spot to park. It seemed great, but of course this guy found it to be great too - as a target for theft. I'm assuming he usually breaks into cars and steals the radios and stuff.

We won't be using that anchorage anymore.
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Found out what the guy was doing today!

I had thought I hit a snowbank or something and wrecked my exhaust.

As it turns out, the guy was hacksawing my catalytic converter off, probably to support his crystal meth or heroin additiction.

Guess how much it costs to fix them?

$1400.

Still cheaper than a boat repair I guess, but wow... I do wish I was able to get a hold of him and beat the living *$$(*&# out of him that night.
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. . . We were on a mooring at Nelson Bay, sound asleep, when footsteps on the deck woke me. I went out the companionway (starkers) [completely naked] and saw someone at the dinghy davits trying to figure out how to lower it. I grabbed him by the throat and pushed him against the pushpit . . .
Just to add to the mental picture this generates, keep in mind that 44cc is, as he revealed on the Fusion 40 thread, 6'8" ! ! !

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Just to add to the mental picture this generates, keep in mind that 44cc is, as he revealed on the Fusion 40 thread, 6'8" ! ! !

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