Thieves nab luxury boat

| 23/07/2012

Hana - Stolen Sea Ray July 2012 (1).JPG(CNS): A boat worth more than $500K was stolen last week from Governor’s harbour. Police have now opened an investigation intothe theft of the 55-ft Sea Ray named Hana, which was reported stolen on Thursday, 19 July. Early enquires suggest  that the thieves nabbed the luxury raft around 10:30 on Wednesday night from its mooring in Jellicoe Quay.

Officers from the RCIPS are now liaising with partners both at home and abroad in an attempt to trace the boat.

The police are urging boat owners to be extra vigilant and reminded to fuel their boats immediately before they use them as fuelling them to remain in situ for prolonged periods increases their vulnerability.

They also advise securing boats to the dock using chains, cables and padlocks and for owners to keep keys and the kill switches in their possession when the vessels are not in use, even if on a trailer. Trailers should also be padlocked, whether or not the vessel is on the trailer as they have also been stolen before, especially empty ones.

Police said owners should make sure there is sufficient lighting where boats are stored or moored because criminals do not like bright lights.

Boat owners should also make sure you they have all hull, engine and electronics serial numbers stored for reference in case of theft, as well as photos of the vessel, engines and trailers. Police also advise owners to inscribe, rather than write, personal ID numbers on the engine block and inside the hull in a place only known to them.

“There are several items on the marine market for tracking vessels. Most of the marine and security services dealers on Island should be able to assist with obtaining these systems, some of which are relatively inexpensive,” the RCIPS stated.

Anyone who has information which could assist the police in this enquiry should contact West Bay CID on 949-3999. Information can also be passed via the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What happened to ” homeland security” if they can get out this easy, I’m sure they can get in just as easy.
    The bonus question is. When did you last see a police vessel in the North Sound? Every night at dark there are numerous boats and jet skis running around out there and no one checks them out!

    48 million for boats in RCIP, They must be chained to the dock.

  2. Anonymous says:

    the boat in the picture is a 42' Sea Ray (420) not 55'…..soo is that the missing boat or the wrong description?? :S

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have read some of the posts and it seems like some of the posters are just "haters" focusing more on the fact that the boat cost more than their house or what the owner could have done with the money. Clearly this is not the point, the point is the owner worked hard, they had the money to purchase such a luxurious boat and that does not entitle someone to steal it.

    I am sure that a boat that cost that much was insured but again that is not the point.

    What I will say is if I paid that much for a boat I would have all sorts of security on it. They have kill switches in cars that die after a short distance, surely something similar has been made for a boat.

    The police warning about people not filling up their boats too far in advance, how do they know that the owner had not just filled it up that day with the intention of going out early the next morning?

    I won't bother say a message to the thief in this forum because thiefs of this nature are not usually too bright, they don't read and have limited education and usually don't have a conscience anyway but hope they realize that sooner or later their bad deeds will catch up with them and they will pay dearly.

  4. Cayman Mama says:

    Why are we just hearing about this now?  It has been 5 days and it's probably long gone from Cayman.

  5. The Thinker says:

    How much does a tracking device like the one used on the turtle released from the turtle farm cost?  It tracked him for over three weeks.   (See: )   Or how about LoJack, an anti theft transmitter sold comercially?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hola Honduras!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Do not like light!,  woooo, the brighter the better!.

    Are you kidding they rob at 12pm (midday),

    they steal wheels off cars in flood lit parking lots on a weekly basis

    and leave the vehicle on blocks.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why the delay?  The boat was reported stolen July 19, but police didn't launch the investigatiojn until July 23?


    Hull numbers etc are great, if the boat is recovered. But, they don;t assist the recovery. Your best bet against boat theft is insurance and concealed electronic tracking like the Spot HUG.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Harbour House Marina has the Spot Hug security tracker available for around $450. It can also monitor bilge pumps, doors etc.


  10. Anonymous says:

    I'm sorry it was stolen, but why would a person spend so much on a boat to use maybe once or twice a month? My 14ft "Hatteras Junior" cost one percent of that boat – the balance of the 495k could have bought a nice piece of land, face it boats dont go up in value.


    While on the subject, what's with all the 100k dollar cars? And dont say its superior quality coz its not. Some people making car loan payments greater than my home mortgage pymt.

    • Truth says:

      Thank you for explaining why there is not much respect for other peoples property on Grand Cayman.

      • anonymous says:


         I had a similar situation a couple of years ago..I worked hard, saved up for TWO years and bought a motorcycle.  Something which I had always wanted, but only recently had the means to achieve.  I got to enjoy it for TWOmonths before it was stolen.  In the end, when it was found, it had been thorougly trashed, wrecked numerous times and spray painted another color to disguise it.  Oh, and get this..the person who stole it?  A JUVENILE, who went to court and pled powerty and he was given community service and a suspended sentence…What did I get??  NOTHING!!  NADA!! ZIP!!  So, I lost an asset valued at over $7000 CI and he got a finger wagged at him by the judge and he AND his mother laughed about how lightly he got off after they left the courtroom… 

        JUSTICE IN CAYMAN??   Don't count on it…

    • Anonymous says:

      Come on now lets not  HATE just because you cannot afford it does not mean that people who do should not have what they can afford.  Remember there will always be rich and poor people.  I cannot afford a private jet but this does not mean that those who can should not have one.    It is people like you that come here to Cayman with your envy and jealousy that is tearing this country apart and giving our young people bad ideas.  You need to let go of your hate, leave it at the door steps.  Caymanian don't tolerate this kind of attitude.  You need to go from whence you came, good bye and don't let the door knob hit you.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am Caymanian. Care to revise your thoughts on hate? Coz you auto-assumed i was not from here. Why would you do that? Dont you like foreigners?

    • Anonymous says:

      only a broke person talks like that lol. if u got that type of money to spend on a boat chances are he already got the land the the big house and that was just 1 of his toys.

    • 'Arsh says:

      Probably those with more wealth avoid writing the words "coz its".  There may be a link.

      The second paragraph reads like a really bad observational comedian on open mic night.

      • Anonymous says:

        Let me guess, you dont use bbm or text on your phone? You also dont use words like "don"t" or "can't", you actually spell out do not or cannot? I find it hard to believe that you've never shortened a word in YOUR life. Interestingly enough you seemed to understand what was meant.

    • Earner says:

      Well the great thing about earning money is you get to spend in on what you want! If an expensive car or boat make you happy then whose business is that but your own?


      I am sure that a person who spends $500k on a boat probably already has a nice piece of land, you shouldn't worry too much.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think it is fair enough to point out that the owner of the boat was lucky enough to be able to afford such an enormous sum of money for a mere boat and should not be castigated for that fact by posters deemed by some to be "haters". It is also manifestly not right that it should be stolen. I think it is also fair, however, for us to consider in a mature reflective way the presence and effect of such wealth in our country where Government pays out annually enormous amounts of money in the form of "poor relief" to a sizeable number of very vulnerable Caymanians so they can buy food and pay rent for often really inferior premises. What happened to the "trickle down effect" from the gated and ungated communities populated by our super rich that was supposed to be so pervasive and beneficial in our economy?

        • Anonymous says:

          The "trickle down effect" has long been recognized as a myth. Even Warren Buffet has spoken of this. If Caymanians got this idea from their own leaders, they should be very suspicious.

        • Stiritup says:

          My money can trickle down and long as the recipients of the trickle stay on the other side of the gate.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you don't drive them you wouldn't know. They are absolutely better quality.

    • Anonymous says:

      Even "haters" have a right to express a view, no?

  11. Tough on Crime says:

    I constantly find it amazing that when a criminal incident happens, the police report it then tell the law abiding public what to do to to increase our security. Completely amazing that no message to the criminal is ever issued by the police. In other countries it is common for police to include in their statement "We will not rest until we find and convict these criminals and prosecute them to the full extent of the law".

    While I have no problem chaining my boat to the dock and fitting it with a tracking device as well as recording the serial numbers, I would sure like to know what the RCIP is doing to effectively combat this relatively new type of crime.

    Its high time for the government to put in place proper marine radar and patrols to monitor vessels entering and exiting Cayman waters.

    All vessels should be licensed to an owner and a requirement to present that paperwork on demand should be in place.

    Whatever reward is offered to find the boat, double that amount should be offered for arrest and conviction of the thieves. We need to scour or streets of such scum and lock them up for a  very very long time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with the comment that the RCIPS should have proper tracking on all boats in cayman waters.
      Hell, it's not like majority of the boats in the WORLD are registered here or anything..

      come on Cayman..

    • Meh! says:

       "We will not rest until we find and convict these criminals and prosecute them to the full extent of the law"


      The police here know there will be no effort made to find or convict.  Why waste the energy or encourge false hope in a derelict system. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    "Police said owners should make sure there is sufficient lighting where boats are stored or moored as criminals do not like bright lights."


    I suspect Gremlins!

  13. Anonymous says:

    we need to start trapping theses scumbags by hiding electronic tracking devices on boats/cars…. ala 'bait car' on tv

  14. anonymous says:

    i wonder how many rooms in a $500,000 boat that is worth more than my house?  does it come with life insurance or theft insurance?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hater if you did not worry so much about people values you would enjoy your (the bank) house that you have more.  The $500K boat is just a toy for a wealthy individual and your house is your life investment enjoy it and stop worrying about what others have.  This is why Cayman is become so poor, it is people like you with such a stink and hateful attitude that is snapping the life blood out of Caymanians.  Caymanians, those with bones of their forefathers buried here are very contented people who do not worry about material things and what other have and don't have that is why we were always blessed until we began to let people like you with such attitudes live and work amongst us and you have corrupted our entire country politically and socially.  Caymanians need to pray that God will take care of it soon and return the likes of you for whence you came.

      • Herra says:

        But I is Caymanian and I is juss jealous. It easier to bad mout than wukh anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      You sound kind a jealous my friend,If you had the money,you would do the same thing and live large.just saying