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Since you are a programmer you should look into TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

Encrypt anything important and don't worry about it.

For some stuff the safest place my be your lawyers safe.
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It is also my primary navigation and there is undoubtedly a great deal of security information embedded within the data contents.

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A simple handheld chartplotter is about $300 and would be a good backup.
I personally would not combine my work computer with primary navigation.
The battery requirements alone would worry me.
But that is a personal assessment of course.
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I think a lot depends on where you are going to be, how much freedom you want, etc. If you're going to be on the boat in Florida, that's one thing, if you're going to be away from the boat for weeks in Brazil, something else entirely.

Probably the easiest thing to do is minimize the amount of valuables you have on board, does she really need the ruby tennis bracelet while cruising ?

Cameras and computers are getting so cheap now it might be better to worry about the stuff you paid an arm and a leg for at West Marine.

What are you pretending not to know ?

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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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In the storage spaces behind the couch/settee I installed some library shelves with false bottoms.if you didnt know the spaces are there you would not notice them on casual inspection.

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Doh.... but dont tell any scoundrels my trick... lol
I see a trip to North Texas in my near future!

On a more serious note. There are just too many small, out of the way places on a sailboat to hide valuables. Each boat is different so that makes it harder for a thief to effectively search each nook and cranny. Just leave a couple of hundred bucks in chart table and hopefully the thief will leave happy and not do any more searching.

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I see a trip to North Texas in my near future!

On a more serious note. There are just too many small, out of the way places on a sailboat to hide valuables.
Looks like IM making a trip to Zotz in Port Aransas to look for small out of the way places!!!

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Looks like IM making a trip to Zotz in Port Aransas to look for small out of the way places!!!
Just look in the chart table and you'll find a couple of hundred bucks.

Of course, you might find my stash of poisonous snakes, too.

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hmmmm..... sounds like there could be a movie in there.... snakes on a plane... snakes on a boat.... snakes on a dinky... etc etc etc.... lol.

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