Originally Posted by Bay Pelican
Another problem in the English speaking eastern Caribbean is the police attitude that just because you found your stolen dinghy doesn't mean you can have it back. While it is contrary to the written law there have been times when the police have taken the position that it is a civil, not criminal matter, if the person in possession of the dinghy states that he bought the dinghy/outboard from a third party (usually for cash and doesn't remember who the seller was). Try wading your way through the court system in one of these countries.
Usually, those attitudes adjust readily to the introduction of gratuities, in my experience.