It has taken that enjoyment out of my life and the life of my family.
Dave Harrop, from Gosport, woke to loud noises on Saturday morning and after glancing out the window, realised it was his 17ft boat being stolen.
But despite extended searches by him and his son Ross, the boat was nowhere to be seen.
So now, the 60-year-old is asking anyone who might have seen a motorboat being towed by a vehicle in Rowner at the time of the theft to contact police.
Mr Harrop said: ‘I heard a loud noise and assumed it was a lorry which often drives down here. But after a little while, it went totally quiet.
‘I looked out the window and saw a boat down the road. I thought it looked like mine but didn’t believe it was. After checking the garden for mine and seeing it missing, I knew it must have been.’
Mr Harrop woke his son Ross who jumped in his car to find the boat but by the time he got to Newgate Lane it was gone.
‘I phoned the police and then went out on my motorbike to have a look,’ said Mr Harrop, from Edgecombe Crescent.
‘I drove up to Titchfield, Bursledon, Locks Heath and Warsash but couldn’t find it.
‘Police were keeping an eye on Quay Street roundabout, in Fareham but they didn’t see anything either.’
Police took a statement from Mr Harrop on Saturday morning but by Sunday had told him they had no evidence and couldn’t continue investigating.
Mr Harrop added: ‘I was a little surprised that a day after the boat was taken, the police said they couldn’t do any more. It is disappointing because it is quite a distinct object and they were round within a couple of hours of it being taken to get my statement and a description of the boat.’
Now Mr Harrop is appealing for anyone who might have seen the white and blue boat, called Sheba, to get in touch.
‘I am not that hopeful that I will see it again,’ he said. ‘It is such a shame because I used to take my dad on the boat and he loved to go fishing.
‘My son and his fiancée used to enjoy using it as well.
‘I am 60 now and will hopefully be retiring soon and that would have been something I spent my time doing.
‘It has taken that enjoyment out of my life and the life of my family.’
The boat was taken from Edgecombe Crescent on August 22 at about 6.30am. Anyone who saw anything suspicious can call 101 quoting 44150291349.