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Old 08-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
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Just lost my dinghy! Suggestions??

When it rains it pours, and last night it poured. This morning I realized my 10' inflatable was gone. I check the line and it either parted or was cut right at the boat. I had it tied up pretty tight so the rain might have made it heavier and worked on the 1/2" nylon line. Unfortunately where I am is just outside the Boot Key Harbor Entrance in Marathon Florida and the wind is blowing towards the middle of the 7 mile bridge and a lot of open water.
I called the Sheriff's office only to get a message to call 911 or wait 'til they open tomorrow morning at 9am

Any suggestions??

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Old 08-03-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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Bad luck, sorry, does Boot Harbor/ Marathon have some sort of VHF "cruisers net" you can announce it on so anyone finding it can get in touch with you?
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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Motor the big boat around looking for it?
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:59 PM   #4
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Bummer. I think there is a daily cruiser's net @ Boot Key; might be able to get some help thru that; altho' it sounds like the dink might be outside the harbor area. Good luck
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:29 PM   #5
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I think the cruiser's net and call-in radio show might be your best asset. Everyone wants to be a radio hero….you never know. Keep an eye on new arrivals in the harbor.
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:42 PM   #6
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Dinks are like cats, they always come home. Look for yours in Salem...

I'll bet yours was swiped.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:03 PM   #7
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Wore thru 1/2 inch line overnight? Does the parted line match up with a really sharp edge somewhere?
Report it to the Sheriffs Dept.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:18 PM   #8
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call the USCG for 2 reasons if you think it just got away...

one so they know it wasn't a survival craft...

two ...they have a better chance of finding it if it made it to deep water and they will contact everyone else plus make radio calls...

if stolen...they will still make the appropriate contacts.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:19 PM   #9
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It does indeed sound like a Lorena Bobbitt scenario...
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:43 PM   #10
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It does indeed sound like a Lorena Bobbitt scenario...
After slicing off John's dinghy, Lorena left the area with the severed dinghy, drove a short while, then rolled down the car window and threw it into a field.

This should narrow the search to nearby meadows, if any.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:20 PM   #11
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Was there an outboard on it too?

BTW, from Active Captain..."A great source of help/info in the Boot Key Harbor area is Cruisers Net Radio, mornings at 9am on VHF 68."
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:19 PM   #12
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Did it have registration numbers and/or a name on it?
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:00 AM   #13
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Report it missing.
Call your insurance company.
Get a new one.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:19 AM   #14
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Half inch nylon holding a dink is not going to part on it's own. There's a thief somewhere with your dink.
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Why wouldn't a thief just untie it..? Maybe it untied itself with a lot of jerking around..?
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Why wouldn't a thief just untie it..? Maybe it untied itself with a lot of jerking around..?
I don't think it untied itself: "I check the line and it either parted or was cut right at the boat. "

If you a picture of it start putting up reward posters. And keep an eye on Craig's List.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:30 AM   #17
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All good advice:
Call CG
Call Sheriff
Borrow a friends raft and perform a search down wind
Call Insurance Company
Watch Craigslist
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:43 AM   #18
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This post reinforces in my mind the need to tie the dinghy to the mother ship with two lines when at anchor. I lost a dinghy once, retrieved it from shore eventually, but it was a lesson (hopefully) learned for me.

Insurance is great but when boating in remote places losing a dinghy can be a safety or stranded on the shore affair.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:17 AM   #19
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in areas known for thefts it appears the only real successful way is to lift and remount on the boat. We have Weaver davits, we also tie a line and have a cable locked to the cleat, not that any of this couldn't be bypassed, figured I would give them a harder time.
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I lost my dinghy in a storm one night. I contacted the CG just advise them there were no missing people associated with the dinghy if someone found it. They took details and my phone#. Got a call back later that afternoon, someone had found it and reported it. Long story short, got my dinghy back.
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