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Stupid Question About Dinghies

So, this is probably a stupid question, but it's really got me stumped:

Say you're long-term cruising in a medium/large boat - maybe 75'. When you reach a place you want to stop for a day or so, you drop the hook and dinghy to the shore, right? But then, what do you do with the dinghy while you shop/go eat/whatever?
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Some places have public dinghy docks to tie up to or a beach you can drag you boat up to.
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Some places have public dinghy docks to tie up to or a beach you can drag you boat up to.
A public dinghy dock sounds like a good idea... but a beach? Then what? Just leave it on the beach?
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You can lock it to a tree in some places; other places, yea just leave it.
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Stencil "Stolen from: your name and address" across the thwart.
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There's usually a place to lock it (have a long and a short cable/chain available).. in other locations it may be safe to simply leave it, esp if you're not long gone or far away.

Here in BC there's rarely a reason to worry about the tender ashore.. everyone else already has their own.

In the Caribbean there are some places that have well-organized "boat boys" who will arrange for someone to keep an eye on your tender for a nominal fee. We've found that (in reputable areas) the cost is minimal.. $5 E.C. or so.. and you're seen to be contributing to the local economy.Often using a boat boy's services in general provides you some protection. Other areas like Cariaccou, for example, simply seem to have no crime culture whatsoever.

Clearly identifying your tender is a good idea too. One other thing.. outboards seem to be the target of most such thefts - fairly anonymous items and easy to move - it's a good idea to make your motor look unique or otherwise beat up and unattractive. In Mexico recently some tenders were stolen, to be "found and returned" for a fee some days later - sans motors... somebody had a bit of a racket going on.
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Locking the outboard to the boat and locking the boat up are both really, really good ideas. I prefer the Stazo outboard motor lock. Very heavy stainless steel construction. Looks like this:



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Locking the outboard to the boat and locking the boat up are both really, really good ideas. I prefer the Stazo outboard motor lock. Very heavy stainless steel construction. Looks like this:



Available from sailorsolutions.com where i got the photo.
I just put a padlock between the two dogs on the outboard but SD's lock looks nicer, and more expensive!
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Unfortunately, the dogs on the outboard don't always cooperate with being able to throw a padlock on them. The padlocks also tend to rust up and become impossible to unlock. And I can cut through a padlock in a few minutes with a wide assortment of things... leaving the outboard free to walk...where this lock is a good deal harder to deal with.

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I just put a padlock between the two dogs on the outboard but SD's lock looks nicer, and more expensive!
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about dingy identity....

I've heard both for and against having your boat name on your dingy...... the against suggested it told people you weren't currently on your boat.

any opinions on this?

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