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Lancha, motor stolen

 
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Scoop
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:25 am    Post subject: Lancha, motor stolen Reply with quote

Well, after 10 or so years on the Rio Dulce without anything being stolen, my 14 ft. fiberglass lancha with a 15 hp Yamaha Enduro was stolen last night -- literally right under my nose.

Well secured (or so I thought) directly behind the Steel Magnolia with a 3/8" security cable passing through the boat seat, gas tank and motor, thieves managed to cut the cable and untie (not cut) the fore and aft painters and swam off with the lancha. The cable was looped around a stanchion on the stern of my boat and secured with a very heavy duty padlock. Apparently that didn't matter since the thieves easily cut through the stainless steel security cable (which I previously thought was a pretty good deterrent, sigh).

My dog woke me up twice during the night, barking at something or someone apparently under the dock. I got up, shined a flashlight all around, went back to bed -- woke up again with the dog barking, searched around again and went back to sleep.

Fidencio, guardian at Nutria, did the same. He looked but didn't see anything and went back to bed.

And this morning we both woke up to an empty spot on the dock where lancha "Lone Star" had been taken.

My dog Molly sort of looked at us both as if to say, "Well, I tried to warn ya !"

Anyway, looking for a similar size lancha with a 15 hp Yamaha.

Roy 4943 9132 or Steel Magnolia on VHF 68
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ontno1
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about the theft.
That's why I carry Ultimate Security Chain Max from Tulsa Chain. Also employ their locks.
Used them for years in the oil fields and on remote construction sites. Always lock my dinghy and motor using these chains.
Three times I've seen evidence of theft attempts, including once when broken pieces of bolt cutter jaws were left on the dock.
Takes a cutting torch to get through it. One thief can't carry enough saw blades to cut it, and two thieves can't carry a bolt cutter big enough to cut it. Most bolt cutters won't even leave a mark on the link.
It's pricey, about $15.00 per foot, and the locks are about $100, but cheaper than a launcha and motor.
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Scoop
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ontno1 ..

I certainly won't rely on the heavy stainless cable anymore .. thought it was pretty hard to cut through with normal bolt cutters, but apparently the thieves have invested in better cutters now.

Any local source (or in Guate) for this Ultimate Security Chain Max from Tulsa Chain ? I'll have it on my next lancha since it's doubtful I ever see my old lancha or motor again.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt if you'll find it in Guatemala. John can probably get it for you from tulsachain.com.
.393 is $6.50 oer foot, .512 is $14.99. The large links on the .512 sometimes make it difficult to secure smaller items.
Covers are $1.25 to $1.30 per foot. Locks are $70 to $391.
I use a C13 lock that sells for $120 and a G55 for $70
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scoop-

sorry to hear it.

you're welcome to barco polvo until you have new transportation.
barco polvo is its own natural theft deterrent.

i noticed in our want ads, johndog's lancha is for sale. i hope lone star
shows up. i doubt that the outboard will - it's the most popular on the rio.

-polvo
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gracias elpolvo ..

Matter of fact, I have John Dog's nice lancha here at Nutria right now. Checking it out -- a very sweet ride.

Thanks for the offer of Barco Polvo !
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So sorry to hear - but we all know that if someone wants what you've got bad enough, they will find a way to take it!

Apparently thieves on the Rio are no longer afraid of barking dogs. While we were there, we were never bothered.

During Hurricane Francis in 2004, we had our 14' fiberglass "putt-putt" with a 15 hp Johnson outboard up on its trailer in the Titusville FL marina parking lot. We had the motor secured via 5/8 inch stainless steel u-bolts through the transom, locked with a heavy-duty wire cable and HUGE padlock.

During the melee, someone went "shopping", and managed to cut through the U bolts, relieving us of our motor. No amount of calling pawn shops, repair shops or searching the web for this motor turned anything up. Local law enforcement was useless.

You're part of the cycle now, unfortunate as it is, and it sucks. Our hearts go out to you.

SB and Gary, aboard SV Vesper (our new home)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:51 pm    Post subject: me too! Christmas Season has begun early this year! Reply with quote

monday afternoon around 4:30 2 men went to my house,in Susanah's Lagoona,pushed in the screen [it was fabric with staples] and took my laptop,power cord and Tigo stick..i know there were 2 of them because my next-door neighbor"s guardian saw them in my house...but didn't get alarmed, he said"you have many visitors, frequently"!
they came in a "tiboron with a 15hp yamaha" i asked him if he recognized them and he said "NO", "never saw them before"."they left toward San Felipe"
sooo folks lock up your shit and pay attention..i failed to,[and i know better],and it's cost me painfully!! RAJA
TIS THE SEASON!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

raja-

i'm assuming this is not the laptop you shot four times at point blank range
last year? sorry for your loss. this makes two in one year.

have you given any thought to the possibility this was a clandestine rescue
mission designed to save the new laptop from your justice of the piece?

...just thinkin' out loud.

-polvo
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
justice of the piece


I like that elpolvo
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

or as some call it, "Da Judge".
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for some strange reason..i can't find much humor in getting robbed, but maybe it's because i'm NOT a reporter for the chisme!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

touché.

sorry raja. just trying to elevate your mood on a bad day. i'll stop. i'll stop.

tanks for reporting the details of your burglary. we ALL hate it when that
happens. i feel badly for scoop too. by reporting these incidents you guys
help others to be more aware and preventative.

-dunderheaded dustman
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