Originally Posted by crossroads2284
Dude..don't know what you're deal is, but I'm not gonna call this guy and give him the friggin third degree after I already contacted the cops. His reason for selling it is just that...his reasons. I, trying to do the right thing, and being a good example to my daughter did what was advised by people here and what my conscience said was the right thing to do. As i stated before I gave the investigator a complete description of the boat and paddle just incase something was reported in the future. Not that I have to explain myself, but I even went so far as to search this site and several others last night just to see if I could find it. After reading every line of the thread about the guy getting his boat back I was almost hoping to find it. Its only a couple hundred bucks to me, paddleing seems to get into your blood and I wouldn't wanna play any role in taking that away from somebody. Quite the opposite, after my short 2 days talking with this community I can't wait to get involved myself.
Lol. Just stop.
You'll notice that it's virtually unanimous amongst us in the community that you do your due diligence in figuring out if this boat has been stolen. Contacting an investigator is part of it, but the odds of a boat being reported stolen are slim to none because most people know they'll never see it again, so why bother.
Asking this guy you bought it from for a receipt of original purchase - saying it's for warranty purposes, since it is a new boat and that is necessary for a warranty repair - is a great step in seeing if the boat is indeed hot or not. It's not badgering or harassing him. I'll bet you anything he can't provide a receipt; if he can, you've just solved this problem and got necessary information for yourself (or the next owner) for the warranty. If not, then I think you can be sure it's stolen. Again, you need that original receipt for any warranty, and that's important if you go to resell it. If the new owner has to warranty the boat, he has to go through you and then the person you bought it from as well anyway. I sure as heck wouldn't buy your bought without it.
I think that you realize that you picked up a boat for such an incredible price that you don't want to let go of that deal, but sometimes doing the right thing is hard to do. There's a disconnect there between, as you say, wanting to do the right thing for yourself and your daughter, and wanting to capitalize on a deal you absolutely know is suspicious, as is what seems to be the deal here. Otherwise, why the reluctance to follow through, and why so quick to sell it now?
As you stay in this community (and I hope you do) you'll realize that "river karma" and doing the right thing is not just some hippie crap we all believe in, but it is very real and very much part of this sport and community.
Bottom line - I think you can do more to cover your bases here. But hey, this is something you have to deal with, now and later on the river.