A Wellington family's plans to spend Christmas at sea have been sunk by a thief who stole their boat trailer while they were out on the water.
The Fraser family spent Saturday night on their 22-foot Bonito Aquarius in Evans Bay, testing it out before they headed to the South Island for a fortnight of sailing around Tasman Bay.
Everything was going well until they returned to Evans Bay Marina at 6am yesterday to find the remnants of a wheel clamp where their boat trailer was meant to be. Dean Fraser said the theft had left his family's holiday plans in tatters, as they had no way of bringing their boat ashore to get it on the Cook Strait ferry next week.
His children, Kate, 9, and Thom, 7, were particularly upset. "It's absolutely devastating for them," Fraser said. "We're absolutely screwed now. This is something we've been planning for months and it's all just gone west."
Fraser said he was yet to look into whether he could hire another trailer, but his had been specifically designed and he doubted whether he would find a replacement in time.
"People don't just have piles of boat trailers sitting around waiting for people to have theirs stolen."
There were no obvious signs of how the culprit made off with his trailer, he said. It had been securely fastened with a wheel clamp and security chains. He went door-knocking yesterday but no one was able to offer any clues.
Police had been notified, but if anyone saw anything suspicious in the area on Saturday night or Sunday morning then Fraser urged them to come forward.
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