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Old 06-24-2010
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I'd point out that theft prevention isn't a thing of absolutes... most thieves are opportunists, and like when you're walking in the woods with a friend and run in to a grizzly bear, you don't have to out run the bear...you just have to out run your friend... If you make your boat a bit more secure and difficult to deal with than the next one, then chances are high that the thieves will move on.

Let's face it, a guy with a sawzall or fire axe can really remove anything from a fiberglass boat given a bit of time... and no lock or metal grate is going to be able to stop him. He can just chop through the deck.

There are marine safes, but again, I think that makes it far more likely that you'll get broken into, unless the safe is well concealed. Deception and concealment are far better strategies on a sailboat than safes IMHO.

There are small dry bags that would hold most of your valuables that could be fairly easily stashed in locations that most people wouldn't think to look. If eryka had used a drybag on a string, the bills wouldn't have been moldy more likely than not.

One point about the computers... the real value of a computer isn't the hardware, as hardware prices are ridiculously low nowadays. The real value is the data... and some computers will allow you to boot off an external USB harddrive... those can easily be safeguarded by backing up and hiding the external USB drive.

As for safeguarding data... most modern operating systems have fairly heavy encryption built in. Mac OSX and Windows 7 both allow encryption of your home drive with effectively unbreakable encryption techniques, with no need for aftermarket software.
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