I think in this Incident, the Thiefs would have had to know what they are doing. Firstly, they new what gear
they needed to take. Opertunistic thiefs would have just taken random strange stuff.
Secondly, it ain't no "everyday" looking boat. Shes new and shiney and will be eye catching. Not an easy thing to hide, at least here in little NZ.
And thirdly, the most important, Mana Marina entrance is a river bar exposed to the Westerly gales we are getting at the mo. The seas are huge out there and have been for weeks on end. We get the odd calmer day, but most days for the last 4-6weeks have been blowing 30knts average and some blows have been as high as 80knts. One gust was measured at 167Kph. So crossing that bar at the mo is not for the faint hearted or non-experianced.
But I also can't see this boat going over seas, unless it is going to be ditched somewhere. It would be highly unlikely that someone could make it into a foriegn port without being spotted.
We did have a recent stolen yacht story here on our East coast
. The guy stole the boat from a port called Lyttleton and sailed it up the East coast
. The east coast sea's are open to the big Southern ocean storms and they guy got a little scared of the seas. So he beached it. The locals that went out to see a stricken yacht and see if they could offer assistance meet with a "boaty" that was quickly leaving the scene yelling over his shoulder, "take what you want, I'll never go sailing again". Of course, they thought that was a strange comment even for a scared boaty to make, so some one tackled him and they managed to arrest him.