Agreed a deal of £8,600 yesterday for a 2003 Ribeye 600 playtime withYam 115hp 4 stroke. Thought it was too good to be true but I had to take the chance and go look.
Travelled 6 hour round trip only to find a boat with no serial plate (or hidden HIN), engine with no serial numbers, trailer with no plates. Having checked the hidden numbers on the engine (not all were removed dumbasses) turns out to be a stolen package from April 2005. Taken just 50 miles from it's current location.
Luckily we always check stolenboats.org asswell as other outlets prior to purchase. Could have been a costly mistake had it just been a private buyer.
The seller himself got caught out when he bought it a year ago and was selling it in very good faith. Obviously it came as a devastating shock to be told of the fact it was stolen. Apparently he enquired into the motor via a main dealer in Hampshire (I'll not name em) when he bought it and was told it was fine....
We had no choice but to make contact with the authorities to make them aware of our findings if only to prevent somebody else getting caught out but in fairness the seller himself was already in the process of having it recovered by the police after we left. He is as innocent as they come and looks like having a major court battle on his hands to recover his losses
Just goes to prove the old adage "too good to be true" I guess. Gutted
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