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In the past, if, for example, I wanted an electrician to check something out, I could just tell him...
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Having been on both on a can and in a slip, the first thing I'd say is the boat got a lot more use in the slip. It was there, ready to go at any time.

1. The frig was always cold, often with drinks and sometimes food already in it Ice stayed frozen in the freezer.
2. The batteries were always charged
3. Great water pressure w/o running the pumps or draining the water tank
4. The slip made loading and unloading very easy
5. We never did overnights on the can but often did in the slip.
6. I no longer had to row out to the can (one time the wind was blowing so hard I gave up) and then try to find someplace to dock the boat to load guests and provisions
7. We worried a lot less about the boat being damaged. Boats tend to lose their mooring a lot easier on a can. One time I was lucky enough to be on the boat when a loose boat came our way. We managed to stop it then towed it to the nearest can. I often wondered how the owner found it.

There's more, but for me, if there's a choice, I'll take the slip any day.
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Actually I was referring to the Outboard motor for a Catalina 22. The dighy discussion was very helpful. I really have not thought a lot about that. Do folks lock up thier motors in the cabin or is that too much trouble
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......Do folks lock up thier motors in the cabin or is that too much trouble
Not a good idea to put gasoline inside a boat. Not even for the main engine. Fumes are flammable as are spills.

In some parts of the world, small outboards are worth their weight in gold and you must go to great lengths to secure them. A good chain or cable are about the best you can do.

An old marina actually required your outboard to be chained to your dinghy, so we used a bicycle lock. The combination mechanism rusted in place the first season. Most, however, do not lock them at all.

When in Nantucket a few months ago, I was surprised to see how many dinghies were cabled and pad locked to the dinghy dock.


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Our dock is in a protected hurricane hole. Other than a storm which brings 8 foot storm surge ( we have very little todal change unlike Maine) our bat is much safer tied up in 8 places vs t an anchor or mooring.

My question is not for the once in a ten year storm, but is for the normal storms of 30-40 knott winds which are common to have 5 or so a year. I can't beleive its safer to go anchor my boat out than leave it in a marina protected 360 degrees.

Fairly cruisers, does tht mean every storm you untie your boat and anchor t setting on it?

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Dave, yes if I'm at the dock (charging, washing, whatever) and I see a storm I'll go out to the mooring, which is overkill for my boat and tucked up in a nice spot.

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How does one safely secure the outboard on a mooring slip. I know there are locking systems available, but are they reasonably secure. That is my greatest concern. I am considering a mooring in Mission Bay in San Diego
I just use a padlock through the clamps, seems effective.

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