Leaving your hatches and such open is just asking to get ripped off. Most thieves are not professionals, but opportunists... and you're providing a lot of opportunity. It would be pretty simple for a guest on a transient boat or another boat at the marina to clean your boat out. The laptop, sextant, GPS, and such are all pretty readily resellable and all they'd need is duffel bag or sail bag to walk off with all of it. Unless your marina has good video surveillance, you might not even have any idea of who ripped you off.
Adding proper ventilation will help with the temperatures of the boat. Two solar-powered fans would drop the interior of the boat to pretty reasonable temperatures—with one as an intake and one as an exhaust. This would allow you to leave the hatches and companionway locked.
As i said earlier, most thieves are opportunists...and there is really no way to stop the truly determined thief. The best you can hope to do is stop the opportunistic ones by making your boat a less convenient target than your neighbors. If someone is really determined to steal your stuff, they'll steal the whole boat and then take the stuff off at their leisure, scuttling or abandoning the boat once their done. Most fiberglass boats can be broken into using basic hand tools...a crowbar or a fireaxe would do the job... but most thieves don't carry such tools—so putting a basic padlock on the companionway will deter most of them.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-15-2010 at 05:52 PM.