I debated for quite awhile about whether to post this or not. There's really nothing anything on the forum can do, but sometimes you just need to vent.
So here goes...
I have a tool bag with about a 15 year accumulation of various tools, including my multimeter, that I usually carry back and forth from the boat to the house depending on what projects I have going on where. I needed a screwdriver out of it the other day and could not find the bag. I looked high and low, in the house and on the boat. It was nowhere to be found. I assumed that I had misplaced it and that it's location would come to me sooner or later.
This weekend my neighbor came over and told me that he came home last Friday night and found his boat (Carolina Skiff center console) with the docklines untied and thrown back into the boat. The only thing holding it to the dock
was one of the two fiberglass
whips he uses to keep it from banging into dock
. Looking closer, he noticed his fuel tank
was gone. He asked if I had seen anything or was I missing anything. Still not even thinking about my tool bag, I walked down my dock to my boat. Sure enough, I was missing my flare/signalling kit, my first aid kit, my tool box full of Yanmar
spares (impellers, fuel
filters, belts, etc...), a "D" cell flashing signal lamp, and then it dawned on me that my tool bag was probably stolen as well. My boat sits on a dock behind my house, probably 300' from my back door. Whoever climbed aboard and took my stuff most likely came by water
. We live on a small peninsula and it would be hard to get to either of our houses on foot or by car without being noticed. At low tide though, they would be invisible from inside the house if they had come by water
. They left my VHF
, Chart plotter, anchor
, chain, etc..., so probably too small a boat to haul all the loot. Needless to say, I'm pretty angry about the whole thing. My neighbor on the other side was not missing anything, but his powerboat lives on a lift
, so probably too much trouble to board from the water.
What's done is done. I guess I should feel lucky that they didn't take more, or tear up the boat. Some of the tools had sentimental value. My biggest fear is that they are going to come back for more. I put up a camera
today, not that it will deter them. The police didn't even come out. They took a report over the phone
. The officer was polite, but basically told me not to expect much. I contemplated putting a padlock on the plexiglass slider from the cockpit
to the salon
, but this has to be balanced against the fear that they would break a hatch
or tear something up trying to get in. It just sucks all around.
We had a lightning
strike on this dock about a year ago. Now this. One more strike and I'm moving this boat to a marina. Thanks for letting me vent.