Yes, you read that right. A nasty surprise was waiting for us at the Williamstown mooring when we got back to Take It Easy upon our return from France.It was all going so well: we landed at Melbourne airport at midnight, on time. The taxi took us to the Hobson Bay Marina, we got in without problem, put the dinghy in the water, loaded our bags, could see our catamaran floating on the mooring in the distance… “Good, it has not gone without us!” But then we boarded our boat and stepped into the cockpit. All we could say was “What the F&%$!” and other expletives.
Some low life had come on board and stolen our navigation equipment: a 12 inch Raymarine Multifunction Display and its custom made housing which was bolted to the cockpit dashboard. Here is what used to be there.
They also smashed through two locker latches with our fire extinguisher, damaging the locker walls in the process. In some ways we were lucky the damage was limited to the cockpit. They did not come into the cabin. Somebody was obviously wanting an upgrade on their own navigation equipment! Having ripped the wiring off and damaged all the pins, we wonder how much use they’ll get of the stolen gear!
We called the water police who came to take photos, dust for fingerprints and formally register the theft and damage. Apparently they had never attended to an incident of this kind in the area. Unlucky us!
It goes without saying that we are now dealing with our marine insurer, Topsail Insurance, and getting quotes to have everything put back to normal. So much for a quick departure for Tasmania! We will be attending to the claim and repairs/replacement over the coming weeks. We’ll let you know how that goes!
The Yarra’s Edge Marina will be our home for a while! They have been so good to us – that is where we should have left the boat in the first place.
Next time we go away for several weeks, instead of trying to save a few dollars by leaving Take It Easy on a mooring, we will park it in a secure marina, pay the money and have a far better chance of keeping thieves off our property!
On the bright side
Our new sails have arrived and we spent a few hours removing the old rotten ragged out ones and fitting the crispy new set. We had forgotten how bright the orange is when brand new! Horizon Sailmakers did an excellent job, although a bit of trimming is required on the mainsail.