JAN. 23 —BoatU.S., the Boat Owner’s Association of America, announced last week its list of most stolen boats.
The staff of Seaworthy, BoatU.S. Marine Insurance’s damage avoidance newsletter, recently compiled and analyzed theft data of recreational vessels from the last five years in order to come up with the boats on the list.
“The problem with owning a popular brand of boat is that other people want to ‘own’ it too,” Seaworthy’s editor, Bob Adriance, says in a release.
Seaworthy staffers also determined that 90 percent of stolen boats are taken while on a trailer, the average size being a little larger than 20 feet. The most easily stolen vessels — personal watercraft — top Seaworthy’s list, while less-mobile sailboats are less attractive targets.
The top three stolen boat brands and the chances (in 10,000) of them being stolen are Mako (7.00), Chaparral (5.22) and Regal (4.92). Wellcraft, Boston Whaler, Four Winns, Chris-Craft, Bayliner and Sea Ray round out the top stolen boats. Of the PWC, Yamaha (15.30), Kawasaki (12.80) and Bombardier/Sea Doo (8.19) are most frequently stolen.