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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

As a former NYC bike messenger, I have some experience with theft-proof locking devices. If you want bolt-cutter-proof chain, you need hardened steel hex chain - something like this:

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It's still vulnerable to an angle grinder, or a very patient thief with a file, but it's as theft-proof as you can get. I have one with scars to prove it.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Nothing you can do about a determined thief. I actually helped prosecute a group that would show up and steal power boats on trailers... With ascetaline torches to cut younger locks away. The best you can hope for is to make it inconvenient enough the casual thief won't bother.

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Now there are 18v rechargeable angle grinders, the most you can hope for is to look a little harder to steal than the one next to yours.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

rm, cable and chain are as good as it gets. You can buy a "motorcycle" cable in the big hardware stores, with the end keyed up so one end plugs into the other and a key locks it. Use WD40 regularly or something similar in the lock and it lasts very much longer. Or buy some chain, or have loops swaged on a heavy cable, all comes out about the same in terms of protection.

The thing about a substantial cable or chain, is that is slows a thief down and requires them to carry tools, and carrying "burglarly tools" in itself is grounds for arrest in many places. Not to mention, passerby tend to see or hear that stuff.

If you can make the engine or dink look more like a beater, that's even better. Desecrate the engine cover with rust primer, make it look old and abused and patched. Do something to the dink, like gluing on contrasting color panels, that make it easier to spot and harder to resell.

I think the best advice I've heard is to install a waterproof inspection plate near the waterline, and take it with you when you leave. Someone gets in the boat, their feet get wet, they try to move it and more water comes in...All you can do is try to make your target less attractive than the next one.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

I like alarms, using instrument wiring (e.g. 6/20). Cut the wire and the alarm goes off.

Use in conjunction with a simple locking solution.

Using fiber optic cable would be even better.

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With the advances in battery tools and the now common .045 cutting disks there is NO CHAIN OR CABLE that will even slow somebody down for more than 5 seconds

And yes that 3/4 X 4" SS bar cut up with a cheep grinder and a 3 dollar disk

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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

As an avid bicyclist, I can tell you that even the best cable is pretty useless. Only hardened chain, like Yossarian suggested, or a u-lock do any good. And we all use key locks, not combination.

My Kryptonite u-lock gets splashed with salt water fairly regularly and it's lasted for years.
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You could find a local criminal, beat him to within an inch of his life for "looking" at your boat. Word should get around to leave yours alone...

Other than moving to a better neighborhood the hardened chains in the link will deter an honest person.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

What use is the best chain when either, or both, of the attachment points on the boat as well as on the dinghy are mild stainless that can (a) be removed with a screwdriver or pliers and/or (b) be cut with smallest bolt cutters available?

The chain is there as a deterrent to, and not a preventer of, theft. So I wouldn't go overboard looking for a special length of the bicycle type chain (that bicycle length isn't sufficient for attaching a dinghy to a dock or boat)
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

A bit of coated lifeline going from the engine through the handle of the tank to a simple keyed lock. Keep it lubricated. Put the key on a float. Hide the spare somewhere on the dink.

At night LIFT IT OR LOSE IT.
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