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fletch_n_me
09-06-2004, 09:28 PM
Hi All,

I have a travesty to report. Some of you might have read about a Mastercraft jump boat I found in a barn in south central Wisconsin. (for those who are unfamiliar, 12' long, outboard. ie, caddy shack and Tommy Bartlett boats). I had it repainted with candy red and white metal flake paint. I took it to a Corvette specialist as he promised me a flawless job on fiberglass. Engine was not yet mounted and hull had no VIN. Was stolen OFF OF a trailer on Saturday night. It is an original design which should be easy to tell. One wide 3 foot stripe front to back(red on white), both topside and hull with 4 large white stars both top and bottom. Side graphics feature 'disco-esque' 'Mastercraft' which is not dissimilar to original. Custom interior is one bench seat, seating two with micro-stitched stars (red on pearl). HAS MERCURY throttle pillar and wiring harness...was 8 hours from being mated with outboard. If anyone in the midwest sees a jump boat, please see if this matches my description. I worked very hard and put dozens of hours into it. Please contact me if anything is seen. Jason 773.354.4127

JimN
09-06-2004, 10:20 PM
That SUCKS!

Where did you have it when it was stolen? I assume you called the police- have you called any boat dealers for a heads up yet?

erkoehler
09-06-2004, 11:23 PM
Do you have any pictures? Will help to know what we are watching for.

I hope you get the boat back! :mad:

bcampbe7
09-07-2004, 12:17 AM
That sucks!!!
Sorry to hear that Jason... I hope you find it soon!

bradamerry
09-07-2004, 08:17 AM
Sorry to hear that Jason :( ! Hope you get her back,SOON.

MarkP
09-07-2004, 09:10 AM
:mad: Man that blows. It would be like a dream to find a boat like that in a barn. Must be like a nightmare to have it taken like that. I hope you recover your boat. Would be nice to catch the responsible party also.:mad:

ktn_cmu
09-07-2004, 09:55 AM
It'd be nice to have a pic...I am in MI and will be keeping my eye out for your boat!!!

east tx skier
09-07-2004, 09:58 AM
Jason, I hate that for you. It should be an easy one to spot though as those are pretty rare these days. Hope you find her!

MasterCrafting
09-07-2004, 10:34 PM
I feel like it was my boat that got stolen, Thats so depressing. I'll keep my eye out. Hope you get it back and when you do KICK SOME ***! :mad:

jimmer2880
09-08-2004, 07:32 AM
That really really stinks! I'll keep an eye out here also.

I wonder if you could send a mass-emailing to MC dealerships around the country? Just a thought.

JimN
09-08-2004, 08:32 AM
I would be checking with the DNR to see if anyone tries to register a boat like this. Call as many dealers as you can. Explain your situation and see if they'll help with contacting other dealers. Also, check around to see if there are any boat dealers with a reputatiuon for shady dealings. If you hear that anyone is trying to buy a motor for a boat like this, it'll sound suspicious.

Was the boat still in the posession of the fiberglass shop? Do you know the people well who work there or own it?

NeilM
09-08-2004, 10:39 AM
Man, that sucks.. I hope you get it back..

André
09-08-2004, 12:10 PM
Sorry for you Jason and fletch.

JimN
In reading your last phrase,i remember something funny about this story when he did bring the boat to the fiberglass shop...Just can't find the thread in the old board.
..."Old Mastercraft in the barn" i think.

fletch_n_me
09-08-2004, 08:12 PM
Sorry for you Jason and fletch.

JimN
In reading your last phrase,i remember something funny about this story when he did bring the boat to the fiberglass shop...Just can't find the thread in the old board.
..."Old Mastercraft in the barn" i think.

Jim, I believe that you were referring to the 250LB daughter that the guy was trying to hook me up with. Then there was the gag reflex, followed by my comments about how she looked like a bratwurst glistening in the above-ground pool. Anyhoo, I got some good news for now.

Someone called a Mastercraft dealer in Madison, Redline, I believe and asked what the motor capacity was for a 12' fiberglass Mastercraft outboard. The guy at the dealership told him that he would have to look into that and would get back.

Lesson for your aspiring criminals; DO NOT GIVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER TO ANYONE WHEN DEALING WITH STOLEN GOODS. Anyway, as I had asked 100+ people that same question, I believed that this might be an issue. I got a call and turned it over to local county sheriff's office. I guess the guy is a career vehicle theif but they have not gotten the boat back yet. Hoping and praying I am. Thanks for the consolation everyone.

I actually got flowers from my mom...

--Jason & Fletch

MarkP
09-08-2004, 08:16 PM
Wow. Good luck. Fingers still crossed!!!

bradamerry
09-08-2004, 08:19 PM
If you get it back, and I pray you do, they should give Fletch about 10 minutes behind closed doors with him. With a BAT!!!! :mad:

fletch_n_me
09-08-2004, 08:29 PM
Fletch is a 135LB German Shepherd; trying to upload picture. I am pretty sure he would not need a bat but I would give him a hand. There are many things that you can do to me but you never touch my dog, my cars or my boats. My girlfriend...fine, I can always get another one of those.J
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MarkP
09-08-2004, 08:46 PM
Cool lookin Fletch. So you are:confused:

André
09-08-2004, 08:58 PM
He's Jason.Hope you find your boat real fast!Good things you called those dealers,that was a brilliant idea!Wish it was mine!
Good luck!

bcampbe7
09-08-2004, 09:03 PM
I'd say that is a pretty good lead. Keep us posted.
My money is on Fletch!!! :headbang:

OhioProstar
09-08-2004, 10:00 PM
Man...that just plain sucks. We can put a posse together for you..Doug can handle bailing us out. If that doesn't work Brian can rig up some explosives and blow some cell doors off the hinges.

Good luck man, you know something that unique will be hard to hide.

MasterCrafting
09-08-2004, 10:58 PM
O Man Things Are Heating Up! Good Luck!

MasterCrafting
09-08-2004, 11:22 PM
I was thinking...without a VIN or title how can you prove the boat was yours? I dont want to jinx the whole thing so i'm going to shut up now.

NeilM
09-08-2004, 11:35 PM
Good luck!

tall_ andy
09-09-2004, 10:14 AM
I've had my fingers crossed for you from the beginning. Hope they get this guy and you get the boat back. Mabye instead of charges they'll let you and fletch give him a "pull" behind the boat when it's finished.

Weekend at Bernies style right into the channel markers!!!!!!

BriEOD
09-09-2004, 11:18 AM
Yeah man we call get all done up in Black BDU's and shotguns. I can rig up a few breaching charges and we can bust in!

When they catch him/her I hope that you press charges and they prosecute the SOB to the fullest extent of the law!!

JimN
09-09-2004, 11:57 AM
Unfortunately, I think the only thing they'll get him on is possesion of stolen property since nobody actually saw him take it. If he has a long rap sheet, it will count toward habitual criminality, but with the way they let people out here in WI, he won't be in for long.

bcampbe7
09-09-2004, 12:05 PM
More reason to let Fletch at him!!!

east tx skier
09-09-2004, 12:08 PM
Hey circumstantial evidence is still evidence. Charge him with robbery and at the least, nail him on the lesser-included offense of POSP.

bcampbe7
09-09-2004, 12:13 PM
You sound like an attorney or something... :D

east tx skier
09-09-2004, 12:30 PM
There's bound to be a reason for that. ;)

MasterCrafting
09-09-2004, 01:26 PM
Well...i guess you could send him to jail or beat the living snot out of him!

Tom Wortham
09-09-2004, 03:56 PM
Fletch/Jason, Thoughts are with you. Good Luck. Keep us posted. Eyes are open in North Texas.

JimN
09-09-2004, 04:20 PM
Doug- is "He needed killin' " still a valid murder defense in TX?

bradamerry
09-09-2004, 04:28 PM
Only if he stoled a cow or horse!

Tom Wortham
09-09-2004, 04:32 PM
Or MasterCraft :cool:

jimmer2880
09-10-2004, 08:40 AM
He needed killin.... too funny!

fletch_n_me
09-12-2004, 01:16 PM
Boat found fellas, at the guy's dad's barn (grammar?). Anyway, I have to have it repainted as he strapped it to the roof of a 77 Oldsmo-buick and lost it on the way back according to his buddy and assailant. I guess it took a 100 yard slide on a county Highway at 4AM. He was already in custody stemming from a warrant that his own phone call led them to serve; domestic battery. He sounds like a wonderful guy. Anyway, thanks for the help and everything. It sucks but I'm not SOL anymore. I guess the guy was planning on sinking it when he got bailed out so he would not get pinned for posession. His partner rolled over on him. Thanks again and I will send some pics when it gets back from paint...again.--Jason

NeilM
09-12-2004, 01:24 PM
' glad you got it back! I trust you're going to press charges...

We can't wait for the pics..

JimN
09-12-2004, 01:28 PM
Get the guy's name and maybe somebody can pay him a late-night visit sometime.

If he was planning to sink it, what was the point of stealing it in the first place- he wanted a boat that wouldn't stand out? Have they connected him with anyone else who may have known the boat was in the barn it was stolen from? What a tool!

Hopefully, they'll make him pay restitution, like when my '85 Gutlass was stolen. I had to pay the deductible immediately, but he got a year and a half to pay me back. Nice, real nice.

erkoehler
09-12-2004, 01:29 PM
i definetly want to see pictures of this boat. Sounds like it took quite the ride.

Leroy
09-12-2004, 02:12 PM
Glad to hear success story on getting it back. It seems people are never just a little guilty, they have so many bad things going on I'm amazed.

MasterCrafting
09-12-2004, 03:10 PM
Glad to hear you got it back. Now your going to have to post some pictures of it though. :toast:

lakes Rick
09-12-2004, 10:17 PM
Glad to hear success story on getting it back. It seems people are never just a little guilty, they have so many bad things going on I'm amazed.

The truly sad thing is we have plenty of laws to lock these people up and the judges just wont do it...

JimN
09-12-2004, 10:51 PM
I think a lot of the problem is that, if the prosecution goes after them for one thing and can't get a conviction, the guy's gonna walk, so they plea bargain. At least that way, they nail them for something.

I still hear people talking about "the problem is prison overcrowding." No, the problem is that people can't stop being idiots and committing crimes. I still think the basic issue has to do with people frumpin' up a mess of kids without any intention of raising them properly, with discipline and morals. I don't know how many of you remember the '60's, but just hearing about things that today sound very minor, would shock the crap out of most people. Now, we get planes flying into the World Trade Centers. I hate to think about the "next big shocker".

jimmer2880
09-13-2004, 07:00 AM
I think a lot of the problem is that, if the prosecution goes after them for one thing and can't get a conviction, the guy's gonna walk, so they plea bargain. At least that way, they nail them for something.

I still hear people talking about "the problem is prison overcrowding." No, the problem is that people can't stop being idiots and committing crimes. I still think the basic issue has to do with people frumpin' up a mess of kids without any intention of raising them properly, with discipline and morals. I don't know how many of you remember the '60's, but just hearing about things that today sound very minor, would shock the crap out of most people. Now, we get planes flying into the World Trade Centers. I hate to think about the "next big shocker".
:headbang:

tall_ andy
09-13-2004, 07:26 AM
JimN,
I couldn't agree more. It what really gets me is that more often than not people like this get a slap on the wrist and sent away. While on the other hand honest hard working get to foot the bill.
(on soapbox)
A quick case study......... Very well respected family find themselves defending against DYFUS(Divison of Youth and Family Services) seems a woman at the supermarket didn't like the way the mother "grabbed" the little girl when she was acting up(by the arm) she called police, and police had to follow policy. DYFUS gets involved and 12k later the case is dismissed. That is 12K that could have gone to a college fund or even an New MC.

aaaaaGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH
(off soapbox)

Leroy
09-13-2004, 09:13 AM
Soapbox:
JimN and Rick; agree, and somehow we have to both punish and rehabilitate these guys. If you could reduce the repeat offenders the overcrowding would dramatically go down. I have also wondered why they don't make prisoners work and keep the money to pay for their stay and crimes. Everyone gets all upset about the Asian prison labor, but they need to do something besides sitting in a cell and watching TV.
Off

JimN
09-13-2004, 10:16 AM
Some prisons do have paid work for the inmates. Some of it even includes work for collection agencies and the inmates have access to the credit info and account numbers of thousands of people across the country. How can these inmates not be trusted? They were given this info, weren't they? It's not like they went dumpster-diving for it.

jimmer2880
09-13-2004, 11:47 AM
Ditch digging is a great job for Prisoners.... Gives them the "workout" they say they are entitled to, makes them physically tired (too tired to fight?) and saves the gov't money.

How and why is that bad?

jimmer2880
09-13-2004, 11:50 AM
As an in-law of several "white trash" folks.... I have to put in my .02 worth on the whole "rehab" concept.

While the concept sounds great on paper & probably works in "some" cases. I have to argue that most of the people don't get the whole issue of being responsible for your actions. Period. My in-laws will NEVER GET IT! I'm not just talking about doing the time for the crime, but also about getting a 40hr/week job & paying for the insurance! My Mother-in-law doesn't get insurance from her husband (she doesn't work) because it would cost $60.00 / month. She gets Free health-care from some faith-based organization. How is that right?

Like I said.... Some people you just can't teach!

Ric
09-13-2004, 12:39 PM
Boat found fellas, at the guy's dad's barn (grammar?). Anyway, I have to have it repainted as he strapped it to the roof of a 77 Oldsmo-buick and lost it on the way back according to his buddy and assailant. I guess it took a 100 yard slide on a county Highway at 4AM. He was already in custody stemming from a warrant that his own phone call led them to serve; domestic battery. He sounds like a wonderful guy. Anyway, thanks for the help and everything. It sucks but I'm not SOL anymore. I guess the guy was planning on sinking it when he got bailed out so he would not get pinned for posession. His partner rolled over on him. Thanks again and I will send some pics when it gets back from paint...again.--Jason
Glad you found it, don't pus out and not press charges though!
I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed your fletch reference "oldsmobuick" !!!!!!!! aahhahahahhahaha
Good luck keeping that boat this time
Ric

east tx skier
09-13-2004, 05:42 PM
Loved the oldsmo-buick reference, too. Press charges. Even if they go after him for the heavy and it doesn' stick, that does not mean they can't nail him on a lesser included offense if one exists. Glad you got it back.

H20skeefreek
09-13-2004, 06:00 PM
NAIL THAT MUTHA****ER. I hate people that can't just obey the law. well except for the speeding law, and the underage drinking law, and......well i could go on and on. BUT KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF OTHER PEOPLES STUFF!!!!

jimmer2880
09-14-2004, 06:39 AM
I missed that that the first time.... oldsmabuick!!!! :uglyhamme

MarkP
09-14-2004, 08:52 AM
Fletch n me

CONGRATS on the new Mastercraft!! :banana: !!

Cant wait for the photos:)

JimN
09-14-2004, 09:21 AM
"Any o' you weirdos go touchin' my stuff, I'll kill ya'!"

bcampbe7
09-14-2004, 09:33 AM
"Lighten up Francis."

NeilM
09-21-2004, 11:28 PM
Fletch n me: any news? photos?

erkoehler
09-22-2004, 01:07 AM
Where are the photos??