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Yacht theft surprises sailors

Steve and Carol Holland's yacht, Harlech, went missing from its Opua mooring

Steve and Carol Holland’s yacht, Harlech, went missing from its Opua mooring

The disappearance of a $145,000 yacht from its Opua mooring has devastated retired Whangarei couple Steve and Carol Holland who fear their home-away-from-home was targeted by thieves and is now in international waters.

The 14m cutter Harlech was taken from its mooring between last Monday and Friday, probably by someone who knew about boats, Mrs Holland said.

“We thought at first maybe it had broken free, but it had been tidily unhitched.”

The thieves would have had to turn on the water and batteries before starting the engine so it was unlikely to be a casual, opportunist theft, she said.   More . . .

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