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Haiti, Anse d’Hainaut: Dinghy and Outboard Theft . . . and Returned - January 2012

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 26, 2012 09:19 PM

Published: 2012-01-31 12:15:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2012
Countries: Haiti

On 4 January 2012, cruising sailboat “Braveheart”, a Morgan 41 Out Island from Germany, experienced engine problems off the West coast of the south peninsular of Haiti. They dropped anchor off Anse d'Hainaut on the West coast to make repairs. (Editors Note: Frank Virgintino's Cruising Guide to Haiti does not recommended stopping here)

While the owners were sleeping down below, people came on the boat and took what was easily accessible on deck (the brand new dinghy and outboard engine) and cut various lines like halyards, sheets, etc...Due to the noise the boat was making because of strong swell in the bay, the owners heard nothing in the night and noticed the theft around 6:00 am.

They decided not to communicate with authorities ashore and instead proceeded to Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. Here they met Bernard Lefevre, who coincidentally is currently working closely with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, to try and kick start nautical tourism in Haiti.

Bernard, who has good contacts in Haiti, informed the mayor of Anse d'Hainaut about the theft. Within less than a week, the equipment was recovered and was returned on 11 March to the owners of “Braveheart”.

As Bernard puts it, “There are many countries where your boat could be burgled. but I don't know if there are that many countries where you can recover what was taken without having to compensate the authorities".

Owner of “Braveheart”, Georg Rüdiger Hashagen, comments, “We have spread the good news of recovering our dinghy and motor here in the Dominican Republic and also in Germany. We will also include it in our reports on our website: