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cjd posted 06-07-2002 02:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for cjd   Send Email to cjd

Ok so the whaler didn't make it, but neither did the thieves.
anyone up for a project?

jimithing posted 06-07-2002 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimithing  Send Email to jimithing     

As they say in south fla.....

the only people who live in the keys are thieves and those too stupid to be thieves...seems that latter applies here

cjd...isn't your bro looking for a project boat?

mudpuppy posted 06-08-2002 01:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Could start a new thread: Dogs on Boat Thieves.
KeysNole posted 06-08-2002 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
That's a very classless thing to say about people who live in the Keys. I am actually disappointed that a member of a forum full of knowledgeable, respected boat owners would say something like that.

Jimithing, if you would like to email me and discuss paychecks, I am more than willing to talk. Otherwise, you are welcome to come down and see my businesses, here in the Keys and South Florida.

half shell posted 06-08-2002 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
I agree keysnole I would relocate to the keys in a heartbeat if I could find a job there that would pay the bills.Every time I visit I want to stay. I envy you.the heck with the boat thieves they are everywhere.
PMUCCIOLO posted 06-08-2002 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

The tone and context of your post are both uncalled for and inappropriate. It is my understanding that this forum exists for the exchange of ideas and information, not for feeble attempts at insult and name calling.

Comments of this nature taint this otherwise superb website, regardless of their intented purpose.


AllanR posted 06-08-2002 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for AllanR  Send Email to AllanR     
A thought about the boat theft report in the Keys and the subsequent chase. It seems like the owners were perhaps a bit foolish in their actions. I think they should have followed, but held back and let the Highway Patrol do their thing. To video tape the incident would have been useful and probably better. If you confront thieves such as these, you are likely to get a gun in your face. None of us want to lose our beloved Whalers, but I think risking our lives and perhaps our family members as well is not the answer in such a situation. The thieves could have still been caught and the owners did have insurance. Just my thoughts, living here in South Florida, which is the now the road rage capital of the world. (Although I think it is terrific for boating).
Eric Hinz posted 06-08-2002 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric Hinz  Send Email to Eric Hinz     
>>Incredibly, according to Alderman, they raced south on the turnpike at speeds up to 80 miles per hour with the boat and trailer flopping around upside down behind them, held on only by safety chains according to Alderman<<

A real testimonial for safety chains!!


jimh posted 06-09-2002 01:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This reminds me of another story.

I don't know why I am telling all these stories lately, but you'll just have to indulge me again. This one is more related to the topic. It's another Whaler and the thieves story.

Up in the far north end of Lake Michigan around Drummond Island there is a nice area called Potaganissing Bay, which is full of little islands and cottages. Late in the fall a couple of no-goods on the run hatch this plan to hole-up in the Bay,
spending the winter ransacking all the cottages and escaping with all the loot in the spring.

This same fall there was an elderly woman, recently widowed, who was closing up her cottage after the death of her husband of many years, planning on selling the place. She was out there rather late in the year, long after most other people had gone.

Well, the thieves break into her cottage before she leaves. Now they have a problem. They decide just to hold her hostage all winter. (These guys are not too bright.)

This woman is in an awful situation. As she is pretty much alone and I guess no one is expecting her elsewhere. So she is not missed right away.

The thieves were planning to wait for the bay to ice over before beginning their big rash of break-ins at the other cottages, but since the woman has a boat, they figure, what the heck, they'll start scouting by boat.

Of course, they don't realize that the boat they've borrowed is a classic Boston Whaler, well know to everyone in the bay as this old woman's boat. After a couple of days of running around they need gas so they go to the marina. Absolutely no mistaking this classic Whaler. The marina guy gets suspicious about these two characters who don't fit the profile of Potaganissing Bay summer residents cruising around in a classic Whaler. So he calls the cops.

To make the story shorter, they go right out to the cottage where everyone knows the Whaler belongs, rescue the old woman, and arrest the perps. True story.

So if you're a thief, better think twice about stealing a classic Whaler!

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