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I think that there is too much concern over thefts while cruising. It can happen just like anywhere but is hardly rampant anywhere. We lift our dinghy out of the water at night on a spinnaker halyard (no davits). Outboard is wired to boat with cable and the cable can be locked to a dock if necessary. When you get to a new harbor check with cruisers and look around to see if you need to lock the dinghy. The most popular outboards tend to be in 15 to 20 hp range. Local fishermen have little use for the typical 4 to 6 hp.

If you are so worried that you would always want to watch the boat or sleep inside steel shutters probably best to stay home - it is supposed to be a relaxing, low-stress lifestyle after all.
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Seems like outside US and Canada you can only leave the boat in a Marina where you pay for security or a populated anchorage where you can pay someone to watch the boat and dingy. What a pain if you traveling for months on end this gets old, expensive and inconvenient. I have to re-think if this hobby is for me. Maybe I need to hire a personal security guard (outside USA country) that travels with me and stays on/near the boat at every port. Then I have no privacy.
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I am fortunate in that I don't have anything worth stealing...

Or at least nothing I'm worried about loosing...
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...... I have to re-think if this hobby is for me. ......
It is a common denominator that most of us don't think.

Seriously, this is obviously quite manageable given all the cruisers out there.

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Seems like outside US and Canada you can only leave the boat in a Marina where you pay for security or a populated anchorage where you can pay someone to watch the boat and dingy. What a pain if you traveling for months on end this gets old, expensive and inconvenient. I have to re-think if this hobby is for me. Maybe I need to hire a personal security guard (outside USA country) that travels with me and stays on/near the boat at every port. Then I have no privacy.
Why does it seem like ... ? Of all the things to worry about as a cruiser, this is way down the list. Between Florida and Australia we stayed at a marina once - in Tahiti and that was because it was more convenient, not because it is safer. As to staying in a populated anchorage - most of the anchorages that are good have boats in them, just because of the relationship between the number of boats and the number of anchorages. There have only been one or two places where we chose our anchorge based on it being popular - Dominica comes to mind.
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It is a common denominator that most of us don't think.

Seriously, this is obviously quite manageable given all the cruisers out there.

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That is a great link!
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Brad, I use a bike lock cable. I find one where the end fits through the eye. Run that through your eyebolt, lock the other end to a cleat. These are harder to cut than chain, though the lock is usually the weak link.
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