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Re: Aren't boats too easy to steal?
My boat lives in a slip on a pier that has several live-aboards. They know me, and have my cell number. Earlier this year there were some thefts at the marina... mostly gear - propellers from outdrives and similar. I was once called on my cell because my wife's cousin was looking at my boat. I thanked the caller, and let him know that I was below at the time.
For security of my possessions, I always stow my instruments (Garmin GPSmap 478 chart plotter & Echo 200 fish finder) from the binnacle below, and cover the binnacle. I also lock all the hatches, and the companionway with a keyed lock.
The only parts of sailing that scare me are leaving the slip, and returning to the slip. I can't imagine anyone, other than me, trying to back my boat safely out of my slip. I will admit here that the first few times that I tried were not pretty...
My biggest fear is that some kid may come along, and simply uncleat the lines, and watch the boats bounce off of each other as the tide and wind push them around. However, I rely on the security at the yard (someone walks the docks at least twice a day) to ensure that this does not happen.
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105/106/118 Certified Instructor - Also certified in Recreational Marine Electrical Systems
Last edited by eherlihy; 09-19-2013 at 09:34 AM.