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Does anyone know of a good source for some kind of cable and lock for securing my (new!) dinghy and motor? I'd like to secure them to each other, and perhaps also to a dock or my boat. I'd like the cable and lock to be reasonably resistant to cutting and grinding, and of course corrosion resistant.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Stainless steel bike lock cable?

Something like this:
Marinelock Stainless Steel Security Cable (Hoop Ball)

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Kryptonite KryptoLok Series-2 Mini-7 U-Lock at REI.com
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

I firmly believe that locks and simple chains are there to keep honest people honest; a real thief will have the type of bolt-cutters that will cut through anything but an anchor chain.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Like the first link, Jim. That might be just what I'm looking for. I'm slightly concerned that regular stainless would succumb to bolt cutters pretty easily though. Also, what does the community think of keyed lock vs combination lock for locking it up?
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

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Does anyone know of a good source for some kind of cable and lock for securing my (new!) dinghy and motor? I'd like to secure them to each other, and perhaps also to a dock or my boat. I'd like the cable and lock to be reasonably resistant to cutting and grinding, and of course corrosion resistant.
Keep them in your garage is safer or leave a note in your dinghy and tell the would be thief to take the one next to yours.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Every sailboat carrys a set of bolt/cable cutters!...Dale
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Keep them in your garage is safer or leave a note in your dinghy and tell the would be thief to take the one next to yours.
I live aboard, so a garage is out of the question I'm not thinking the note will resist cutting or grinding... Good try, though.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

We chartered in the BVI's a couple of years ago from Tortola, went all over the place and it seems like just about all of the charter companies used that hefty coated stainless cable in that first link above (with a keyed lock that looped through the outboard and you used that to tie up to the dock). Zanshin is right, though- it's only a matter of time... I guess if you know your neighbors, you'd be ok with that setup.
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

I am a firm believer in deterrence by deception. If it looks harder to steal than your neighbors by using whatever and he uses nothing, which one will go first....that's a no brainer

A thief with time bent on taking something will, That doesn't mean you have to make ity look easy and inviting with a sign
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Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

locks don't last long and I've never tried a combination lock, just the normal kind. Buy them in sets of 3 or more, douse them liberally with WD-40 before use and occasionally thereafter and they last 3-4 weeks, sometimes longer, for me. They will sometimes get salt water in them and that is the beginning of the end, particularly with 3 different metals (casing, key and lock mechanism) touching they will quickly corrode and get so that the key won't move the lock anymore, then it is time for the next lock in the series. I do lock the dinghy and use the thick covered wire akin to lifeline wire, but it is more of a deterrent in the hopes that they'll pass on my dinghy. I now no longer try to chain my dinghy to the boat (that's just too loud aboard when it is windy) and now take the 9.8HP outboard off the dinghy transom and lay it down into the dinghy - in the hopes that potential thieves will see the "missing" engine silhouette at night and opt for greener pastures elsewhere. I've seen people use anchor chain on their dinghies before and it seems to be a huge amount of hassle - particularly when the dock has only a single place to tie onto and that is a vertical pole (i.e. just lift any loop/lock off the pole).
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