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04-19-2013 01:40 PM
Ritchard
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

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Originally Posted by Minnesail View Post
The $3700 is what they'll refund you if someone cuts it and steals your bike. The lock itself is under $200. And Kryptonite products are worth it. I've had my Krypto u-lock for years and it takes a lot of abuse and keeps going. This morning I did have to whack it against a pole to knock out the salt/snow slush that was stuck in the keyhole, but then it worked fine. (Yes, we have nearly a foot of new snow in Minneapolis.)
Oh my, I was really confused. At $3700 to lock up my bike, I'd walk.
04-19-2013 01:21 PM
Minnesail
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

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Is the price on that site correct? $3700!!!!!
The $3700 is what they'll refund you if someone cuts it and steals your bike. The lock itself is under $200. And Kryptonite products are worth it. I've had my Krypto u-lock for years and it takes a lot of abuse and keeps going. This morning I did have to whack it against a pole to knock out the salt/snow slush that was stuck in the keyhole, but then it worked fine. (Yes, we have nearly a foot of new snow in Minneapolis.)
04-19-2013 01:18 PM
Zanshin
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Wow - the chain and lock is worth more than my dinghy and outboard together! I wouldn't want that even close to salt water.
04-19-2013 01:09 PM
Ritchard
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

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As a former NYC bike messenger, I have some experience with theft-proof locking devices. If you want bolt-cutter-proof chain, you need hardened steel hex chain - something like this:

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It's still vulnerable to an angle grinder, or a very patient thief with a file, but it's as theft-proof as you can get. I have one with scars to prove it.
Is the price on that site correct? $3700!!!!!
04-18-2013 04:40 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

I'm for combination locks. Keys get left at home, lost, dropped in the water. The combination needs nothing but your memory.

Lubed every couple of weeks, brass locks have lasted me years.
04-18-2013 11:02 AM
mad_machine
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

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I firmly believe that locks and simple chains are there to keep honest people honest; a real thief will have the type of bolt-cutters that will cut through anything but an anchor chain.
I used to have a fairly nice mountain bike that I was NOT allowed to keep in my apartment. It was against the rules to bring bicycles inside. As I work in theatre, I was able to procure a length (6 feet) of half inch thich aircraft cable with the loops swaged on. This was extremly tough cable that was used for hanging several tons of material above a stage. I used this along with a "harley davidson" padlock that I got from my uncle that was used to lock the forks of his last bike. It was a weighty piece of work and used a round key instead of a regular flat one.

One night.. all the bikes in our apartment complex got stolen, and that included mine. They even took the cable and padlocks
04-18-2013 12:37 AM
trantor12020
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Just last month couple of us sail our boats up river for two night stay. We dinghy ashore, tie dinghies to the jetty and when off for meals. On return, found one of the dinghy obm got stolen. Now we're ordering 10ft steel cable from Defender (clearance) for each dinghy to secure the obm to dinghy to jetty.
04-17-2013 09:58 PM
sww914
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

We have a 15' bike lock style cable from Home Depot and a Sesame lock. Through the outboard handle looped through it's self, through the gas tank, and up to the mast. Put the lock up in the middle of the deck where you can hear them board you because the cable is really hard to cut but the lock isn't.
Sesame locks are stupid expensive but they're the only ones that survive.
04-17-2013 09:50 PM
TQA
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

A bit of coated lifeline going from the engine through the handle of the tank to a simple keyed lock. Keep it lubricated. Put the key on a float. Hide the spare somewhere on the dink.

At night LIFT IT OR LOSE IT.
04-17-2013 09:24 PM
Zanshin
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

What use is the best chain when either, or both, of the attachment points on the boat as well as on the dinghy are mild stainless that can (a) be removed with a screwdriver or pliers and/or (b) be cut with smallest bolt cutters available?

The chain is there as a deterrent to, and not a preventer of, theft. So I wouldn't go overboard looking for a special length of the bicycle type chain (that bicycle length isn't sufficient for attaching a dinghy to a dock or boat)
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