The saga of the stolen fuel tank provided two more surprises.
The RIB was broken into for a second time and the donated fuel tank was
also stolen. This time within a few days of both it and the reserves tank
being topped up. Fortunately a tank similar to the original installation
had also been donated and that was fitted within 24hours with stainless
steel cable and two padlocks.
A few hours
after fitting the second replacement tank we received a telephone call
from the Police asking us to identify a red fuel tank that they had
recovered. It would appear that the day before our second "break in" was
noticed and formally reported the Police had discovered a hoard of petrol
and fuel tanks and amongst them were two red fuel tanks---OURS.
I think our
Police are wonderful!
Not that we
have had the tanks returned as yet as they remain evidence of a crime.
We are grateful to Julian R. one of the original Trustees of the Jersey
Sailing Trust for the donation of a suitable fuel tank to replace the
stolen one. It has now been fitted and all traces of the old "two-stroke"
fuel has been flushed out. The RIB is therefore ready "rumble"
fuel tank needs to be returned to Carbet but in order to replace the
stolen one we have to raise the money. We will therefore be running a new
RIB handling course on June 9th for three crew members to become
"approved" to use the 4metre RIB "Tickler". Once the crew member is
approved to use the RIB it can be used by that crew member at times when
it is not needed as a safety boat for the Etchells.
handling course will usually take two Saturday mornings and will provide
the crew member with the experience and skill that will enable them to
obtain to progress to the RYA Power Boat Certificate 2. The cost of the
RIB handling course is £30.00.
now reloaded with a borrowed fuel tank from the small cruising yacht
like a sea trial?
between Saturday evening of the 7th and the morning of Thursday 12th of
April a thief, or thieves, with the aid of a bolt cutter, cut through the
padlock of the forward locker of the RIB "Tickler" and removed the red
Evinrude fuel tank. This was no opportunist theft as there are two
padlocks on the RIB and only the fuel tank was taken.
fuel tank and a new set of stainless steel padlocks will cost £134.00 and
unfortunately this is less than the excess (minimum) claim on any
insurance policy and so we are offering a special annual membership
discount to anyone who is prepared to assist in the replacement of our RIB
fuel tank. Please telephone 07829810215 if you would like to help restore
the RIB "Tickler" to active service..