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Best Security Measures at Anchor

From our travels we have found the best defence is a good offence. We wave at locals, talk to them, ask them questions, get to know them. This helps as you get to know the community better and get honest advice about local crime levels, and safe/unsafe areas to tie your dinghy or whether to lock it.

We also have a black english staffie who other cruisers comment as sounding like he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day. I think anyone sessing out our boat would go to another. He will bark at every boat passing, at least during the day.

We also try to look a little rough, neat expensive boats draw attention.

Anyone else have tips about how they keep their boat safe that doesn't involve weapons?
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Re: Best Security Measures at Anchor

Several years ago I purchased a couple motion sensor alarms from Radio Shack that emit an ear-splitting siren when triggered. They pick up movement and have an infra-red sensor so there is no indication where it is located until it fires off. The wailing siren lasts for about 30 seconds, then it resets itself. I believe I paid about $29 each for them and they have really held up well. You could set one up so that it would not trigger unless someone tried to board your boat. The range was about 40 feet if I recall correctly.

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Re: Best Security Measures at Anchor

Gary, have you used those on the boat? It sounds like a good idea, but I wonder if boat and water motion won't keep setting them off.
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Re: Best Security Measures at Anchor

Because I'm a bit of a gun nut, I've thought through how willing I am to defend my stuff.

Turns out, not at all.

So I have very good insurance policies, and don't worry about it. At all. It can be replaced.
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Re: Best Security Measures at Anchor

Keep your decks clear of anything. I was in The Rio Dulce a few years ago when the couple was attacked at anchor for the Little outbaord hanging on the rail. He died, she suffered a machette strike to the neck but lived. That's just one of many story's I can tell. They had just bought the boat and were spending their first night aboard. When to you look at my boat all you see is boat. True, I'm a bare bones sailor and I don't have much more than hull, mast, sails and a modest dingy, but a lot of cruisers have so many gadgets mounted on the stern and deck they could never dis-mount it all to go ashore. Just be aware of your appearence. This goes back to the fancy dingy converstation, " A ship is known by it's boats" You look very rich in that fancy hard bottom inflatable and any poor fisherman on a bad day is potential pirate. After over 20 years of living and cruising in some of the poorest regions of South and Central America, belive me when I tell you, dress down. My wife and I have a house in Guanaja, Honduras where we spend the winters, We use a local made Panga to go to town for shopping, (town is a key off of the main Island.) the look on cruisers faces when they pull up to the run down, town dock in the fancy inflatable, and realize how much they stand out, is sadly funny. I feel for them because I know how they feel. There is a balance between looking a little ratty and not looking stupid rich.
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Re: Best Security Measures at Anchor

The motion sensors I have are Infrared, do not require a reflector and require something with a higher temperature to cross the beam in order to set it off. Now, if it is pointed toward the water I'm confident the motion of the boat would also trigger the sensor. But, if it's aimed from a lower point, say your hatchway, toward the boat's boarding area, the only thing that would trigger it would be a warm body crossing the boarding area.

I agree with the post above that you should keep those items out of sight--outboard, electronics, etc... Just tempting fate by leaving them in plain sight.

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. This goes back to the fancy dingy converstation, " A ship is known by it's boats" You look very rich in that fancy hard bottom inflatable and any poor fisherman on a bad day is potential pirate. After over 20 years of living and cruising in some of the poorest regions of South and Central belive me when I tell you, dress down..

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