Police just took the boat. Part of project kracken, it was stolen from wales/cheshire 10years ago. Only tracked it because i was selling.
Where do I begin?
I had the boat a year, done alot of service and work to bring it up to scratch for the season. Went out in march, just after service and all the time and £££ spent over the winter was made worthwhile. In fact, I would never have put it for sale if a business opportunity hadn't presented itself. I thought i'd test the waters so to speak and if it didn't sell, well it was fate to keep it and seek funds elsewhere.
Turns out Friday the 13th wanted chip in on the "Fate" game.....
"Sea Police" phoned me this morning, came to my work and explained the story. Boat was spotted on ebay/apollo duck/boats outboards by original owner, and the police then used me as a pawn to confirm the boats I.D. Then they tracked me down personally and last night confirmed the boats I.D.
This morning I had the call, and they met to explain that, basically my boats not mine and going back to the original owner it was stolen from; and the best bit was he was already at my marina ready to take it away.
Firstly, I would point out that the "Sea Police" were excellent, kind and very understanding given the fact of my situation. I am truely appreciative of the warmth they showed me, as i was frankyl ready to explode.
Secondly, MDL MArina at Northney, UTTERLY BRILLIANT! They would not let the police simply ride off with it, and made contact with me to confirm the situation. They protected my interests and were very kind again given the circumstance.
Yes its only money, yes i know i was selling, no I dont blame the guy wanting his property back (anyone would be the same) but thats not the point. The point is, i'm out of pocket to a 7k+ tune, and some low life scum has caused that. Insuace will not pay, as according to TowerGate it was a stolen craft so not mine. Even though they insured it.... I digress!
Point is, without finding the culprit of the VERY fishy circumstance *(which i cant fully divulge for police reasons i'm told), I'm now left the loser.
Apparantly boat was not insured previously, so whilst they might have lost more in the long run, least they have something to bloody show for it now.
As i said, i dont blame them and wish them well with the baot they originally cherised (i imagine), but it leaves me boatless and without any money! I know boats are money pits, but you've always still got the damn thing. I could spit feathers, if I ate feathers.....
Sorry for venting, but I'm stuck at work with no-one else here to relate to a boat loss. I hope this doesn't dampen the weekend spirits, but I just wanted to share my story.
The only positive is my business has a new direction, I will be developing a boat security company from the ashes. I'll give all details as it develops and who knows might earn enough to buy another boat. But if it helps one person or prevents this situation it'll worth my effort.
Have a good weekend to you all, regards
Need a boat....
I want to enjoy 7days a week, not 2!