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steves posted 07-01-2008 07:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for steves   Send Email to steves  
I am the owner of a [1962 Boston Whaler 13-foot boat] stolen in Sausalito, California on the evening of June 26, 2008 at Galilee Harbor Dingy Dock. I live on a boat and was ashore for the evening at my girlfriends. In the morning my boat was gone, I was surprised!. I have looked for days but don't see the missing Whaler anywhere on the Sausalito anchorage. The consensus of friends is that the boat was hauled off by trailer, either from Galilee Harbor or the City Ramp a few blocks away. The boat and motor was a gift from my pal Larry who has been on the bay for 50 years so the loss is sentimental as well as material. Thanks for your concern group! I appreciate it.
jimh posted 07-01-2008 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Steve--The Boston Whaler universe is looking for your stolen boat. Give us pictures and descriptions, and thousands upon thousands of eyes will be watching for your boat.
HAPPYJIM posted 07-01-2008 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
We can find this boat. Post every picture that you can dig up. Close up shots of work done on the boat would be great for identifying if sighted. The hull number would be great if you have a picture of it. Serial number of motor. If you can get all this stuff together we can find this boat and put the idiot where he belongs. If you can get all the info so it can be printed on several sheets of paper, we can keep a copy in our consoles and will eventually get your boat back. Lets get this thief.
David1877 posted 07-02-2008 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
This is amusing and very true. If you provide more detail, Whaler enthusiasts notice other Whalers. They are distinctive. This boat may be found.

steves posted 07-02-2008 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for steves  Send Email to steves     
Here are some pictures of my stolen Whaler 13'

Photo: Boston Whaler 13-foot boat with dark hull

Photo: Boston Whaler 13-foot boat with dark hull

Other images

I have spent the past five days looking in Sausalito and can not find it! My pals think it was a professional job and they came with bolt cutters and a trailer and hauled it off. I have been parking my boat overnight at the Galilee Harbor Dingy Dock for years so this is a major bummer for the whole community, everyone is distressed. Thanks again for your help in this matter. If you find it call your local police or the Sausalito Police at 415-289-4170 the case number is SP08-952, best not to take possession of the boat or have interaction with the people involved.

jimh posted 07-02-2008 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Steve--Please give the stencil number of your hull if you know it and mention if it was still visible. This is an important identifier for any Boston Whaler boat.
jimh posted 07-02-2008 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Steve--If the motor was stolen with the boat, please give details about the motor, such as:

--Serial Number

HAPPYJIM posted 07-03-2008 06:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
There's a good chance that the boat has already been painted if they are looking to sell it. If some one has stolen it to use themselves it will be modified to conceal it.

It looks like the wood platforms can be removed pretty easy.

Is there any mods done to the boat that can't be hidden that could be used for identifying? Is there any gouges or smashed fiberglass on the boat?

ratherwhalering posted 07-03-2008 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Steve, I have distributed a copy of the description and photos to the SFYC youth sailing instructors. They travel to most bay area yacht clubs/marinas on a weekly basis, and up and down the California coast.
gorji posted 07-03-2008 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for gorji  Send Email to gorji     
I'll look for it on the St Lawrence Seaway. Sorry for your loss.
steves posted 07-03-2008 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for steves  Send Email to steves     
The boat registration number is

CF 7999 KW

The numbers were painted on using a stencil and there is a 2009 sticker slightly worn on it too.

The boat is a 1962 and has been used on the bay for at least 30 years that I know of. I know the previous owners going that far back. The Whaler was in bad condition when it was given to me, the rub rails are newly restored using epoxy. They are in fair condition but still look banged up. The seat is not going to be too easy to get up as its screwed into the hull. There is a front step/platform at the bow of the boat, I doubt that it will come up easy. There is also a 100 steel weight under the bow platform lashed to the painter ring.

The motor is a 2002 Nissan 9.9 four stroke with the cover painted black covering the Nissan logo. I do not know the serial number but we are looking at the outboard shop to find it. Thanks again to everyone for giving me a glimmer of hope.

Chuck Tribolet posted 07-03-2008 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
That black paint job is unusual. I'll be on the lookout for


Dan posted 07-04-2008 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
A few suggestions -- that you're probably already doing...

Make a flier with photo and bring it to your local boating supply and repair stores.

Check Craigslist and your local papers for sale ads.

See if there are any local security cameras at the place where boat was docked, ramp, and nearby highway entrances etc.

Try some bait: Put a want ad for a small skiff -- wahoo, whaler etc wanted -- the thief may contact you. Create a new e-mail address for this. Also make a separate want ad for a small hp motor.

Ask your local police to create a sting, and leave another boat and motor at the dock. Ask police if there have been any other thefts and if anyone arrested for similar thefts in the past have been checked out.

Check along the coast in case someone "borrowed" your boat to get to their moored boat and then just let your boat drift.

If there is a launch in your area that transports people to their boats, speak to the launch operators and give them fliers.

Make a local search for other small boats in your area to see if your motor is on the transom. Also check sailboats.

Good luck. I hope you get your boat back soon.

Dan posted 07-04-2008 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Forgot, also network with the local Power Squadron chapter, yacht clubs, country clubs with water activities, and marina owners, etc in your area.

Give the serial number from the engine to your local boat repair Nissan dealers -- also contact Nissan US and ask them to red flag your serial number. At some point a part may be needed and the thief or person who buys motor from thief may supply serial number so they get correct part.

If there are any local (not upscale) bars near the dock that are open late -- speak to the people who work there and ask if you can leave a flier in the men's room. Maybe a regular at the bar that night had a few friends and a large pick up truck. I know it's a huge reach.

Yiddil posted 07-05-2008 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
was looking on craiglist, camea cross a black whaler...

PostingID: 739920299 hard to tell...

Chuck Tribolet posted 07-05-2008 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Yiddil: I can't find that posting ID.


rjgorion posted 07-10-2008 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjgorion  Send Email to rjgorion     

I'm not sure if you have seen this or not but it might be worth a look. Unfortunately, there are no photos included.

I have not called or otherwise tried to investigate but coincidentally this ad showed up soon after you reported your boat stolen. Good luck,


John_Whaler posted 07-23-2008 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for John_Whaler  Send Email to John_Whaler     
Also look on Ebay and search other boat sale sites. It will show up somewhere. I will keep my eye out in New Jeresy! :)

Good luck.

kfotherg posted 08-25-2009 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for kfotherg  Send Email to kfotherg     
Although I have operated a few Whalers in my life I am not a Whaler owner. The reason I am writing is that I honestly believe that there is a huge outboard motor theft ring that may be centered in the Sacramento Delta. We have just had a duck hunting boat and trailer stolen from our driveway for the second time in 6 years. The first time they removed the new Honda 40 horse and dumped the boat. We got the boat back, a little damaged, and had to replace the motor. This time I have made a major effort to find the boat and hopefully the culprits. In my search I am finding many who have experienced the same, including having their boats taken more than once. The common denominator is that all the boats have NICE outboard motors. The thieves have the same MO. They take the entire boat, trailer and motor right off private property in the middle of the night. They make no noise, cut all locks, cables and chains, and leave nothing behind. Not even a piece of the cuttings. They are fast! And, have obviously cased the job. I would like to hear back from anyone who has experienced the same.
almostblue posted 01-29-2010 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for almostblue  Send Email to almostblue     
sorry I didn't see this when it happened - I would have participated in a water search, etc. I have found in two cases that stolen items end up on craigslist.. mainly because people can't do a global search..

but thanks to "craigslist reader" and craiglook you can now search worldwide.

of course insurance is always best, but in case you want the pleasure of a slight chance of catching them,
a "lojack" type of advice could be justified for a more expensive (or sentimental boat), and you can buy a something like syslocate with 3 years for $200-300 (but the reality is they probably steal the boat just for the motor). My worst nightmare is a boat with the new Honda lightweight 60HP 4 stroke.

Outdrives and lower untis have been stolen in Sausalito as well. But the community is outstanding with the great security guards, police, Bill'soutboard motor shop.

Jorgen posted 02-01-2010 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jorgen  Send Email to Jorgen     
How bizar !!!!

The post is 2 years old !!

JonGold posted 02-01-2010 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for JonGold  Send Email to JonGold     
Yea, 2 years is a long time.
But, how cool is it that people are still concerned.
I still look for this boat when I'm out.
I live in the East Bay & fish the California Delta all the time.
fittongr posted 11-10-2013 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for fittongr  Send Email to fittongr     
did they ever find the boat?
fittongr posted 11-10-2013 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for fittongr  Send Email to fittongr     
did they ever find the boat?

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