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Old 06-23-2010
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Storing valuables aboard when cruising

I recently sold my home and I'm in preparation to do some extended cruising in my Westsail 32. I know that a boat is never totally secure, so I'm wondering what might be a good solution for storing valuables, such as laptops, portable electronics, document, passports, cash, etc.

I've looked around and haven't been able to locate anything that is designed specifically for cruising. "Sentry Safe" has a box for around $170 with approx dimensions of 10.6"H x 16.9"W x 14.6"D. My 17" and 15" laptops will fit inside (if passed through the door at an angle), but the box is painted mild steel and I've seen some posts that seriously question the security of the locking system. WeatherGuard makes an aluminum box designed as an under-truck tool box that's somewhat larger (24" in length) that might also work. Being aluminum, it's half the weight and presumably would hold up better to the marine environment. Buyers makes one of similar dimensions (18" x 18" x 24") in aluminum and also make one in stainless in this size.

Has anyone else tackled this concern and found a good solution?

Thanks.

Jack
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