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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Charter boat stolen from Westport late Tuesday night, and whereabouts not known

Police and the Coast Guard are looking for a 53-foot charter boat stolen from Westport.

Now I’m not sure how far these thieves can get in a big boat out in the ocean, but eventually they need to end up docking it somewhere.

The Ocean Endeavor was last seen about midnight Tuesday leaving the harbor, which was formally known as the Happy Hooker.

“There are some theories about what happened with the boat,” said Mark Cedergreen, president of the Westport Charterboat Association. “The former owner had the boat for a long time, and then due to not paying his mortgage lost ownership of the boat. Everyone suspects the original (owner) stole the boat and scuttled it out at sea.”

If that theory happened the person could have put the boat on autopilot, and then undo the sea cocks so it would slowly fill with water. Then after about three or four hours the engine would quit running, and sink or wallow out in the sea.

In the meantime if the person had an accomplice he could have jumped over the side of the doomed boat and then had another person pick him up, but Cedegreen says everyone has a theory about what happened.

When the boat initially left the dock about an hour and a half later the Coast Guard was notified by the police, Cedergreen said, and they sent out a boat, but by that time the stolen boat wasn’t in the immediate area and nobody knew which way to go (north or south or west off the coast).”

Cedegreen says the stolen charter boat could have gone up and down the coast.

“It’s hard to hide a boat that long, but it had about 300 miles worth of fuel,” Cedergreen said.

The stolen boat wasn’t being run as a charter boat this summer, and was moored at the Westport Marina by new owner Steve Webber.

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