Perhaps they just haven’t thought of it.
While our dinghy rests safely, guarded by a length of thick stainless steel chain and a Kryptonite lock, a few other less-secured tenders continue to go missing. The latest of these thefts occurred just the other day and while we heard this morning that the dinghy itself was found floating up island, the 20HP Honda outboard which was attached to it remains missing.
- Note to thieves: Please stop reading now.
Most people here are very in-tune with the value of high-HP outboards on RIBS and thus keep them secured. What strikes me as odd is that on many boats, there is another very expensive item, a life raft, which is typically unsecured and most often sitting easily within the reach of thieves. In spite of this, no one seems to walk away with them. Why? I assume that they’re not stolen because there is no market for them. Then again, perhaps they just haven’t thought of it yet.
On a related topic, in the nautical adventure book I am currently enjoying, Getting There, one of the characters had something extra special hidden in one of his life raft canisters. If thieves thought that this was the case, they’d definitely be stealing them!
No one on board and an inflatable life raft within reach of someone passing by in a dinghy.