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Old 24 January 2012, 17:13   #1
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primer bulb and fuel pipe nicked

Went to check my boat was still where I left it (in a yacht club boat yard) at the weekend and thought I should run the engine. Tried to prime the engine with fuel and discovered someone had nicked the fuel pipe (with bulb) between the exit from under the seat and the engine. Aha I thought, bet they have syphoned the fuel out - they hadn't.

Seems an odd thing to steal (can't see how it could have just fallen off) nothing else (lines, battery, fixed vhf, etc) has gone.

Good job I hadn't launched it before I discovered it was missing!

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Old 24 January 2012, 17:41   #2
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IME its the small things like this that are most likely to go AWOL. I suspect its not really "nicked" but more "borrowed" and not put back (I know it amounts to the same thing, and there may never have been the intention to return it). Probably someone who went to go out on their boat and discovered there own one was missing / perished / left at home / wrong size for the tank they brought / not priming etc. I'm always a bit surprised more stuff doesn't wander off mine - but if the person who "borrowed" the big shackle and painter off the bow of my boat could put it back I'd appreciate it!
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Old 24 January 2012, 17:50   #3
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I suspect your right - needed the bit and they knew where they could 'borrow' a replacement from. Boat should be able to relocate to my drive soon (once they builders have finished the drive!) so I can keep a better eye on it!
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I regularly found the rudder & / or centreboard missing from my laser in the dinghy park.

A quick look under the covers of the surrounding boats and guess what...
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Old 25 January 2012, 04:53   #5
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Which Yacht Club/Marina ? any CCTV that would help ?
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Old 25 January 2012, 08:55   #6
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I regularly found the rudder & / or centreboard missing from my laser in the dinghy park.

A quick look under the covers of the surrounding boats and guess what...
I used to have a similar problem too. Once turned up to the dinghy park to launch my laser only to find that somebody had "borrowed" one of the trolley wheels! Most probably because theirs was flat - still didn't help me at the time.

The thing is I have never yet met a "boater" who when asked for assistance or to borrow an item they have refused, we're just not like that, but clearly there are always exceptions to the rule.

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Old 25 January 2012, 11:36   #7
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Boris - it took 2 cover lifts to find it. No CCTV required!

When the club decided that repeat offenders would get points deducted from their season's racing score things changed from hunting for your missing rudder to wishing they had tied your cover back down properly.....

Silver, yep, I had a mismatched set of wheels myself. One was borrowed when I was on holiday, and they thought it was easier to just put the new replacement on my trolley as a "thank you"! The world isn't all bad!
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Old 25 January 2012, 16:45   #8
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The boat is at Marchwood Yacht Club - pretty secure so I suspect an inside job (although not sure it would fit a yacht?). They had a spate of breakins last summer on the moorings - was clear someone was fitting out their own boat as they took really weird stuff (kettle, curtains, etc) and ignored the valuable kit. Think they caught the culprit - presumably sitting drinking a cup of tea!!
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I once lent my wing engine to a family on their way out as I was mooring. They had starting trouble and it just seemed easier. We didn't know them.
Returning to the boat the next day. I wasn't expecting it back to be fair.
My two sons and I were simply happy to have saved their day. I had asked for them to leave the engine with the office when they got back.
Upon our return to the marina the next day, we checked with the office to have a negative reply.
I was understandably disheartened. Needn't have been. We found our engine reattatched with a new, full 5 litre fuel can (already premixed). There was a thankyou note.
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