I have been off the forum over the winter not because I don't enjoy all the banter and advice but our holiday home got robbed last September and the idiots also damaged my RIB in the failed attempt to steal the outboard. So I just didn't fancy thinking about boating until now.
We usually bring the boat and kit back at the end of September or early October and had arranged to do so last year, in fact the weekend following the discovery of the theft.
Our family holiday home in West Wales has been trouble free for over 40 years but we had a call from a neighbour to say she had challenged two blokes leaving the property who said that they had been looking for gardening work. She is a retired school teacher so could identify one of the lads as an ex pupil.
We rang the police and also my parents headed down there only to find that they had forced a very secure garage door and stole tools, life jackets, fishing rods, kayak, oars, wetsuits, etc, etc!
The rib was very secure with hitch lock, post in drive, etc. etc. so they had just attempted to steal the outboard and made a mess of the attempt. First they had just cut through the steering cable, fuel line, etc. rather than just disconnecting them. Then faced with the anti theft bolts they had tried to saw it of the transom but either given up or were stopped by the neighbour after cutting about an inch into the transom. They had even cut through the fuel line below the seat rather than disconnect the line from the fuel tank.
I agreed a price for the repairs with a local one man 'boat yard' and said that I would be down last weekend to collect it so they could fix it anytime over the winter. Spoke to them 2/3 times on the run up to the bank holiday weekend and was told that it would all be ok. Got down there to find that it was untouched as 'they hadn't had time to do the repairs'. So I just collected it and got it home.
Now ready to get on with the repairs, probably with some advice from you guys
, and actually feel a lot better as things are in my control and I am looking forward to doing the repairs oddly!
Oh and as an after note the police couldn't prove anything against the guy's..... but then you knew that didn't you.