Hard times a boon for Florida's repo men

Charlie Clarke throws his boat into gear and speeds toward the waterfront mansion in North Palm Beach. His eyes fix upon the 63-foot yacht docked outside. He's piloting Little Tow -- an 18-footer that barely fits a crew of three.

Within minutes of hopping onto the wooden dock, he has untied the yacht from land and attached it to his own boat. Little Tow may seem like no match for the larger craft, but with a 150 horsepower engine, the job is a breeze as his tow captain pulls the yacht away with Clarke on board. "Piece of cake," Clarke says.

While the recession means hard times for most people, it's a godsend for the repo man, the person who shows up — often unexpectedly — to snatch your property when you're behind on payments.

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