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Do people steal magma grills?

At long last, I'm getting a Magma grill for my boat, as no Catalina is complete without one. I'm expecting to get at least a knot or two faster speed, better weather, and more female attention by putting the grill off the stern.

In all seriousness though, these things aren't cheap. Do people every steal them? Should I leave it on my boat all the time, or only when I'm using it? Security in my marina is pretty good, but it's not exactly off the beaten path.

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We leave ours attached to the rail year 'round for the past six years here in Washington State. I lock up my outboard if I leave it unattended, but not the grill.

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People steal anything that's not bolted down.

Then they come back with wrenches for what's been bolted down.

Bolt it on, use a security cable, and if anybody asks, just say 'Sometimes the mounts loosen up and it almost ell overboar, this way we can't lose it.'

Hey, folks have been stealing manhole covers and plumbing for scarp metal. Bicycles. Hubcaps. I'll bet I can get a ast $50 for your grill by stealing it and posting it on CraigsList, and you've got no ID on it to slow me down.
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At long last, I'm getting a Magma grill for my boat, as no Catalina is complete without one. I'm expecting to get at least a knot or two faster speed, better weather, and more female attention by putting the grill off the stern.

In all seriousness though, these things aren't cheap. Do people every steal them? Should I leave it on my boat all the time, or only when I'm using it? Security in my marina is pretty good, but it's not exactly off the beaten path.
You'll be alright - I have three on mine never had one stolen... but my sunglasses always are missing...

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Soulfinger, You should be fine without locking it down,Jody already has three and that ought to be enough to keep him for awhile.You might want to find out how far Hellosailor is docked from you ,though. Seriously , I replaced the handle on the rail mount with a nylon lock nut on mine. That eliminated the temptation by lazy crooks and keeps it from accidently coming off.
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I was in a boat yard where someone stole some shaft zincs - go figure.

The last boat yard I was in for ten months, nobody locked anything. To my knowledge, nobody took anything either.



I have a Magma and it is not locked.

Small outboards seem to have a pretty easy market.

My sailing mentor was telling me a few years back, a "crew" came in one night and stole 36 outboard from the marina. Then three weeks later, someone came back and stole 36 brand new outboards. Someone speculated that they may not even have taken the first 36 - they might have just dumped them in the lake and waited for the 36 new ones.

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We leave ours attached to the rail year 'round for the past six years here in Washington State. I lock up my outboard if I leave it unattended, but not the grill.
So...which marina and slip is yours?
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Hey, back off, I have his grill staked out use on my boat!
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If you bought the entry level round kettle Magma, no one in their right mind would steal it, sucker blows out with any wind over about 8 or 10 knots. POS in my opinion. Hopefully you bought the larger rectangular model. If not return the round one and save up for the better one.

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I also am in Texas and on the same lake/bay as you.. Except i am in the ghetto of marina's. They still do not steal them here..lol
There are 20 or thirty boats that have deep layers of dust/ algae on them with Magna's hanging off the side . They may rust off before some one steals one..

I am at the end of Clear lake..
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