Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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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.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).