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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

On my Gemini 105MC my fuel pump was disabled - activated by a hidden switch I installed.

On my current boat I'm not telling but you would not get far.

After that, insurance.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

My boat is on a mooring behind my house and not only do I leave my key in the ignition but I don't bother with the hatch padlock ....

I don't get much traffic where I am so anyone coming into the cove is usually watched by a half dozen houses
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

The ultimate security is that its too much work for most people, or they don't know how to sail. Also, with my boat anyway - they would still be in view an hour after the crime!
And tons of people around, not that they would know the thief wasn't the owner.

My dock is at a waterfront bar, 10 steps from the parking lot to my boat, which is in plain view..... No cabin lock. No other security. So far, no problems.

My biggest fear is somone cutting the padlock and stealing the outboard.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

We have had the occasional bandit break into boats in our marina (not ours, thankfully) and steal 'stuff'... mostly booze... but it's quite rare.. Can't recall a boat actually going missing from our marina, which is fairly well monitored 24/7. We do lock our outboard, and our dinghy itself as these are items easily resold, the battery is switched off which disables the engine panel, and the boat's locked but not 'to the dock'.

I agree that with sailboats, most non boaters can't simply 'drive them away'.. the only significant sailboat theft I can recall locally was a Maple Leaf 40-something stolen from, of all places, the Royal Vancouver YC...
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

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I had some blocks on mine that were $175 a piece and could be removed in about 10 seconds.
I never leave anything on deck that can just be removed and taken that easily. Put them in the cabin, or take them home with you.

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The outboard? Those are just sitting there waiting to be lifted.
My outboard has a very inexpensive, but easy to use lock. It's not going to stop a determined thief, but it will discourage the casual grab-it-and-go type of miscreant.

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The whole boat could be stolen without even having to pick a lock or break a window. do inboards even have keys?
Yes, inboards have keys. Some people leave them in the switch all the time, but that's just dumb, for a variety of reasons (not the least of which is the invitation to corrosion). Lock the companionway, close the hatches, take the key, and your boat is probably as safe as your home when you lock the front door.
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Don0190 nailed it- if sailboat stuff were easier to sell on craigs list, it would get stolen more. go into a pawn shop. See any block & tackle? I could leave a $50 bike on my boat right next to $300 car and the bike would dissapear imneditely.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

You can't really take off all your deck hardware every time.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Easy to steal but hard to sell. Even if you created a marine chop-shop, you'd still have a bunch of hard to sell parts. It works for cars because there so many that the 'used parts' business is quite large.

All the theft I've seen is dinghies, outboards, and electronics.

I worry more someone will break in and steal my stuff; not that the boat itself will be stolen.

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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

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Don0190 nailed it- if sailboat stuff were easier to sell on craigs list, it would get stolen more. go into a pawn shop. See any block & tackle? I could leave a $50 bike on my boat right next to $300 car and the bike would dissapear imneditely.
Well of course. Who wants a $300 car? They'd probably have to push it.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Well Im terrible.. I don't even take the keys out of the ignition and most times I don't even lock the lock on the companion way hatch- I just close it so it LOOKS locked!However- much IS in my favor.
!. My boat is old
2. My boat is chalky
3. My boat is near MUCH nicer boats
4. Most criminals do not know how to sail
5. My marina has a gate ringed with barbed wire
6. I live in a very small island town.

***Dinghys with outboards are stolen most often here. Especially during summer months when kids are out of school. I keep my dinghy motor in the store, so unless the kids feel like paddling away- Im not a very good target =)
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