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The Kiwi/Brit couple who abandoned their 40′ cruiser after a nasty rollover back in November ain’t happy.  Neither is their boat – though no one expected it to sail itself over a thousand miles from near Tonga to a beach near Coffs, Australia — with the companionway hatch open.  Owner Tania Davies is appealing to locals to return her personal belongings after the yacht was stripped bare just hours after hitting the bricks; the seamanship debate continues to burn over in the Cruising Anarchy thread, while you can see video of the New South Wales police chopper boarding the beached boat here, and an ABC Australia piece on the ‘salvage’ here.  Don’t get this story’s title?  Then this is a must-see.  Photo from NSW PolAir Facebook pagef.