Thinking about thieves first step in making sure your boat stays at home

April 16, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Across the U.S., an average of 1,000 boats are stolen each month, and more than half of them are outboards in the 18- to 23-foot range, according to BOAT/U.S.

The annual cost of thefts to boaters and insurance companies, the recreational boaters' group says, is about $50 million, with only one in 10 stolen boats being recovered.

This spring, once your boat has been commissioned, take a few DTC extra steps to help protect it against thieves:

* Install anti-theft systems, including alarms, warning decals and quality locks and hasps.

* Valuable items such as electronics, inflatable dinghies and gear normally stored on deck or in cockpit lockers should be removed from the boat when it is left unattended.

* Boats on trailers should have wheel locks, or one of the wheels should be removed before placing the boat in storage.

* Keep receipts for major purchases, a photographic record of the boat and its equipment and copies of registration, Coast Guard documentation and other important papers at home. If your boat should be stolen, its recovery and reimbursement for stolen property will be easier if the paperwork is in order.

TV's Tawes releases rockfish video

With the opening of the spring rockfish season a couple of weeks away (April 28), Scorchy Tawes, a well-known Crisfield fisherman and television journalist with WBOC, has released an interesting video entitled "Return of the Rockfish."

The 60-minute film takes a look at what once was and again is becoming the best fishery on Chesapeake Bay, as well as how to catch rockfish by casting, chumming and trolling.

While the focus of the video is on Maryland waters in the lower bay and Tangier Sound, the tactics explained are applicable throughout the state's tidal waters.

The cost of the video is $19.95 plus $4 for shipping. For information, write Scorchy Tawes Videos, 242 Somerset Ave., Crisfield, MD 21817.

Big Hunting Creek trout hit high mark

DNR analysis of fishery data collected on Big Hunting Creek in Frederick County shows that crops of adult wild brown trout within the state and federal parklands along the creek are the highest ever recorded.

The pounds of wild brown trout per acre at Hemlock Bridge, Elbow Pool and Bear Branch were 120, 80 and 63, respectively.

Skelley named to U.S. sailing team

Max Skelley of Havre de Grace has been named to the 1995 U.S. sailing team in the Laser class. Skelley is listed as No. 3 on the five-man depth chart and will take part in the Pan American Games later this year.

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