I'm feeling ya, less than a month ago they got my 2009 3.5hp merc four stroke. A lot of people will comment on solutions and deterents but from what I'm seeing as of late, the only solution is to take the kicker off every night and store it in the house or garage. Father in law was kind enough to give me his 1997 5hp honda four stroke and it now resides in the garage over night. It sucks to have to take it off every time but I sleep much better at night. I also will keep my eyes and ears peeled, I'm still trying to find mine so I'm on C.L. 3 times a day. Good luck.