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Stolen 18 Outrage
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posted 03-18-2015 01:28 AM ET (US)
My 18 Outrage was stolen from the front of my house in the Sunset District of San Francisco, California, while hooked to my truck. Last seen at 10:30 Sunday night.
I get a call from a fishing buddy who has a friend who I saw a Whaler on the side of the road in San Jose Monday morning at 6 AM. I said, "no way. My boat is hooked up and locked to my truck in front of my house." He forwarded me a pic, and sure as crap, it's mine.
Check in front of the house. Truck yes. Boat NO!
Completed SFFD and SJPD reports. Gone is the Yamaha F115, electronics (color Garmin chart GPS 3206 , Garmin color chart 498GPS, Furuno 620, Flowscan), Todd cooler/seat with gear inside, Igloo cooler, Mills mooring cover. Took both pro sole panels with guages and keyswitch. They tried to take binnacle shifter, but stripped the last screw. Even removed my Todd cooler seat. Luckily everything inside console was intact.
Last seen 10:30pm in SF Sunset District, found 6am San Jose Bernard near Little Orchard. Neighbors security cam shows white Chevy conversion Van, 90's vintage, towing my boat away. No plate visible.
These guys towed by boat 65 miles away and stripped it in an industrial area. Crazy luck to have a mutual friend come across it on his way to work! They towed the boat without running lights or safety chain. Those were well scraped up from dragging.
I did recover the boat and no one was hurt. The mess is being resolved and hopefully back in the water in a few weeks.
Just changed engine oil and lower unit oil. Oh well.
posted 03-18-2015 06:25 AM ET (US)
Wow, You are lucky, things could have been a lot worse. You have experienced something many boat owners fear. I was expecting to read on further and read of horrible event of you finding your boat totally stripped or smashed to pieces. Great to hear little damage was done by the low lifes and you may soon be back on the water.
posted 03-18-2015 07:02 AM ET (US)
While your motor may get parted out, make sure you report the theft to Yamaha so they get it into their dealer network computer system in case someone tries to get it serviced.
posted 03-18-2015 07:51 AM ET (US)
Keep your eye on Craigslist SF area, you might find your stuff for sale, then...call the cops.
posted 03-18-2015 10:02 AM ET (US)
Those little coupler locks are a joke. There has to be a better way to secure our trailers when they are coupled to a hitch. It's a big inconvenience but the best way I can think of is a decent sized chain with a quality anti theft lock passed through a wheel and around the trailer frame. Given the availability of battery powered saws even that is vulnerable. Perhaps a "civilian" version of those wheel locks used by municipalities to secure illegally parked vehicles is available. Those are supposed to be difficult to defeat. They are probably cost prohibitive for most of us. I'm glad you had the good fortune to quickly recover your boat with minimal damage.--Butch
posted 03-18-2015 10:16 AM ET (US)
Sorry to read about the theft. That's a pretty quick strip. They had to be set up with an engine hoist somewhere. Hull may not have been damaged, but all that equipment and your motor is a bummer and a big loss, imho. I hope they catch the guys. My friend saw his stuff on craigslist within days after a similar theft in OC. A neighbor has one of those wheel locks on his 17' Whaler, I will see if I can find out the source.
posted 03-18-2015 01:10 PM ET (US)
Very sorry to see this happen. Good to get your boat back and hopefully your insurance with help you with a new Yamaha. Yamahas are replaceable, Outrage 18s are getting very tough to find.--Sterling
posted 03-18-2015 01:19 PM ET (US)
Really horrible to hear about this but still good news about your trailer and hull and I suppose insurance will step in and take care of the rest.
For those of us who have a trailer boat exposed in our driveway, I was wondering if those tire chain lock system you can purchase worth the time? Some of them resemble a large giant club such as used in a car.
After hearing about what happened to FISHNFF its once again on my mind to perhaps invest in one. Do they work?
posted 03-19-2015 09:04 AM ET (US)
On Bing I immediately found a Denver Boot for $95 and a good looking Trimax for $200. Think of these sorts of devices as semi-cheap insurance. At least you can use it on subsequent trailers over the years. There are probably others for more and for less. Perhaps a new thread on boat/trailer security would be justified if the discussion continues?--Butch
posted 03-19-2015 02:53 PM ET (US)
Had a friend who used to jack up the trailer and take off the wheels when he wasn't going to use the boat. Took him about 10 minutes with a floor jack and a battery torque wrench to be ready to go when he needed it. Hard to steal a trailer with no wheels.
posted 03-20-2015 09:48 AM ET (US)
Removing the wheels is an option for some depending upon where and how the boat is stored. It's not a very useful option for when your trailer is parked at the ramp or in the street or drive in front of your residence. In this case FISHNFF was parked in front of his home when his boat/trailer was stolen.
All things considered I would prefer to use the boot.
posted 03-20-2015 08:03 PM ET (US)
Sorry about your loss. That really sucks. I store my Revenge in the driveway and have a coupler lock and chain both wheels, with a really thick chain, that goes around the frame of the trailer. So far so good.
posted 03-21-2015 08:40 AM ET (US)
Despite wheel locks, chains, etc. It takes about a minute or two to drag your trailer up onto a flatbed wrecker. Possibly the amount of time it takes to maybe wake up and realize you are being robbed. Not that they all have the resources like a wrecker, but those can be stolen also.
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