WHEN Anthony Frost retired he was looking forward to enjoying a boat he had spent months doing up.
But before the 66-year-old had a chance to take his cabin cruiser out for the first time thieves stole the motor.
Now Mr Frost says he is so devastated that he is selling his boat.
The retired railway worker is also offering an undisclosed reward for any information that leads to the culprits being caught and convicted.
Mr Frost, from Bedhampton, said: ‘It’s really knocked me for six. I’m selling the boat now.
‘I have put notices on cards and in shops – I have got a lot of people looking for the engine.
‘It’s knocked the stuffing out of me.’
Thieves stole the second-hand motor from a secure compound at Havant Sea Angling Club in Harts Farm Way, Bedhampton.
Mr Frost had bought the £600 motor just a few months earlier and was due to use it for the first time to take his 14ft cabin cruiser out the day after it was stolen.
It had been kept in a secure lock-up until the day the theft happened when Mr Frost had moved it and attached it to the back of his boat.
He added: ‘I joined the club for a bit of relaxation. I enjoy boats anyway – I spent quite a lot of time doing the boat up, then I bought my engine. Then it was stolen before I could use it.
‘I want the message put out that we are looking for the engine. I would be only too pleased to offer a small reward for anyone information that leads to the thieves being convicted.’
Police said the outboard motor was stolen between 3pm on May 21 and 1pm on May 22.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘The victim, a 66-year-old man, had his outboard motor stolen from his boat. It was removed by persons unknown.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact Havant police station on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting crime reference number 44110213251.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.