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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

My outboard sits in a well that is locked with a padlock. I then thread a short bike lock through it and around the tiller, effectively binding it to starboard. I simply trust that any would-be boat thief would choose any number of the hundreds of boats that are not secured in any fashion whatsoever. I did recently lose a winch cover, but I don't know if it was stolen or if it simply blew off...
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

I think the real issue for thieves would boil down to, "OK, now what?" So you've stolen a sailboat, a really nice one. Where the hell do you take it? How do you turn it into money? How do you NOT get caught? The damn thing only goes about 5mph. I think it would be a non-starter for most thieves.
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Thread title reminded me that I left my ign key hangin' in the switch!
No worries, as there's lotsa folks about that keep an eye on our little marina
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Easy to steal. But hard to HIDE.


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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Down here in Key West we have a lot of people that will break in to boats so pad locks are good, cause yea thieves generally don't know how to sail. Same thing on the dinghy dock, I have a big chain and lock on the dink, though the motor I just put on doesn't have a lock but it looks really old and the number appears to be a 3.9 (the first 9 didn't fair so well) so people generally just laugh at it. Things do go missing out of dinghies though.

Also I sail with a spot so my family can see where I am and I can check in so they are not all worried. They sell a nicer version that has a keypad to deactivate and they monitor it and call as soon as any unauthorized boat movement occurs, in the case of powerboats they can even shut you down remotely, can't douse your sails, but it is pretty sweet. My friend just bought a powerboat with one.

I did have a habit of leaving my keys in the ignition or the padlock next to my companionway, guess we all have our moments
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

About 4 keys will start 90% of the airplanes that even use keys
Like boats, most people don't know how to operate them or what to do with them if they do steal one.

Outboards and inflatables are what get stolen.
Then there is the "drunk late night regatta party" where people take the first dinghy they see and then that dingy's real owner swipes another one and so on and so on. They all get sorted in the morning though.

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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

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But just because its not offered in the showroom doesn't mean you can't beef up security yourself

Some dont cost much at all!

I use this when I am onboard at night.
I looked at similar implementations when I first moved aboard but decided they present a potential fire hazard, and ended up skipping the idea. Though, I have been toying around with the idea of implementing some sort of screen that lets air flow, while keeping out critters (i.e., cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, etcetera).

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The murders on board during the time I have been cruising all occured on boats unsecured... intruders get on board and walk below, or the owner comes out himself.
What are the statistics of people being murdered by strangers while sleeping on a boat? Just curious.

As for this topic. I have admittedly marveled that theft seems to be fairly low, considering all the expensive hardware around. Like others, the things that seem to get stolen the most around here are dinghies and O.B. motors. But even then, that seems fairly light, as our local LE beefed up their surveillance (i.e., air birds & water patrol) at night.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

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You can't really take off all your deck hardware every time.
The things that a grab-and-go thief would take, the things that are quick and easy to take off, are... well, quick and easy to take off.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

We have turning blocks on tracks on one of our boats, and those go into the padlocked cabin when we're away from the boat. However, it would not be obvious to most non-sailors, and even to some sailors, how to remove these, and we should probably maintain this ignorance.
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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?

Who needs a key to start an inboard diesel? All you need is a screwdriver to jump the starter, and all boat owners should know how to do this for when the day comes that the key/start button corrodes and doesn't work.

If someone goes to all the trouble to go out onto my boat on its' mooring in the dark I doubt that locking the hatch boards is suddenly going to stop them from getting inside. In the end I still lose the stuff they take plus now I have to repair all the damage when they kick in the companionway.
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