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Old 18 January 2010, 16:32   #1
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30K of stolen engines

Just thought I would let you all know we had 30K of engines stolen from our yard we think Sunday night, pair of F250 yam's from the big yellow white Scorpion with the open cabin and a 175 Suzuki from a ribcraft, no idea how they got them off as it wasn't possible to get any kind of lifting gear to the boats. We have three house boats opposite no one saw or heard a thing.They cut down the fence and cut away steering harnesses etc must have taken some hours, the lock bolt on the Susuki worked so they left the left hand engine bracket bolted to the boat and undid the pivot tube. All insured but I guess the owners will only get second hand value and as we all know finding good used is now impossible. We have the ser nos if any of you hear of anything suspicious. just be extra careful with your pride and joy.
May have to start to remove gearboxes in the winter months to make the engines unsellable.
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Old 18 January 2010, 16:49   #2
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bloody ell jim, im sorry to hear that, would be interesting to know what outboard lock the thieving scum could not get undone.
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Old 18 January 2010, 16:54   #3
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Just proves that lock or not .. if they want it .. theyll take it anyway .. all the same the harder you make it for the fookers the more likely thay are to get caught/noticed !
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Sorry to hear about the thefts, hope they catch the scum that did this.

On a note about outboard locks, I heard a story about a twin engine installation where they cut the transom out using chainsaws to steal the outboards because they couldn't undo the locks.
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sorry to hear this, but yeah if theives want something... they will take it! regardless of security!
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no idea how they got them off as it wasn't possible to get any kind of lifting gear to the boats. We have three house boats opposite no one saw or heard a thing.They cut down the fence and cut away steering harnesses etc must have taken some hours, the lock bolt on the Susuki worked so they left the left hand engine bracket bolted to the boat and undid the pivot tube. .
Sounds like they knew exactly what they were doing and had it all well planned. Given that you are not exactly in the best place for a fast get away (either they left by their own boat or had to go on the ferry) do the police show much interest in trying to investigate, or is it all just here's the crime number for the claims, and here's the contact numbers for victim support and our crime prevention unit...
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Sorry to hear of the thefts, will keep an eye out.....

I found a shetland on my local slipway once with the transom cut out with a chainsaw, it would seem if they want it......
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Yeh well, if chainsawing is a real concern, have a length of chunky angle stainless inside the transom with the engine mount bolts passing through it. Bolt it at each end too and you'll have a nice transom strengthener. A chainsaw will deal with aluminium but you'd need to be brave to tackle heavy steel. By the time the chain has clattered on the steel for a while it'll cut feck all... don't ask how I know.
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Oh Yes I do like that idea of the stainless angle section on the transom

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Just thought I would let you all know we had 30K of engines stolen from our yard we think Sunday night, pair of F250 yam's from the big yellow white Scorpion with the open cabin and a 175 Suzuki from a ribcraft
Sorry to hear that. Absolute scum of the earth. The F250s are nearly 280kg each. Must have taken at least 3-4 guys to lift them off the transom and onto a trolley. Removing the gearboxes may offer a deterent. Hope you hear something positive.
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