Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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If a thief wants your outboard motor bad enough, he will find a way, regardless of the locking device. Our marina has excellent security, gated, motion lights and 24/7 guards. But, I do lock it to minimize potential theft when we leave it at a dinghy dock or shore while anchored in distant ports.
To prevent accidental overboard loss of the outboard while running, I use an 18" length of heavy gauge stainless cable, with an eye clinched at each end. One end is permanently secured to a pad eye on the inflatable's cast aluminum transom plate, and the other clipped to the outboard by a stainless carabineer.
Whenever I feel the need to lock it, I thread a stainless padlock through the carabineer's fixed eye and the transom pad eye. This keeps honest crooks honest.
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