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06-21-2012 03:37 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

My brother, a retired fireman, always told people ." If you want a safe place to keep documents ,in case of a fire, put it in the deep freeze. The whole house will burn down without the deep freeze thawing completely. On a boat, that means against the hull, below the waterline, where things will stay cool in a fire, especially in a metal hull.

I'd never follow government orders to make things easy for a thief.
06-21-2012 10:22 AM
ccriders
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

I would think the boat has been built, but who knows?
06-21-2012 10:02 AM
DavidB.UK
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

Here are some other ideas that might help spark inspiration...



One thought that just popped into my head is Neodymium magnets, they are incredibly powerful and you could have a hinged wooden panel with a sliding lock mechanism which could only be operated with a powerful magnet.


My father had two of these magnets and was playing around with two that are the size of the end of your thumb and they had such power that they would stick together (& move each other) THROUGH 18mm ply!

so with a little ingenuity, you could rig up a door (covering the safe), and the wooden panel could be locked by the use of a sliding lock which could be operated by sliding a powerful magnet across the outside of the wooden door and unlocked in the same way.

If integrated into a new build this could be made to look like any other interior panel!
06-21-2012 09:52 AM
DavidB.UK
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

Quote:
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
If dummy guns worked, no one would have to waste money on warning shots. Ammunition is expensive.

Floor-mounted fridge...jeeze, a power boater. "Secret compartments" can be considered defacto evidence of smuggling activity, you'd better make it a real good secret.

But as to the toilet? No, ask any con. They tie a piece of dental floss to something valuable, flush it down the toilet, use the floss to retrieve it as needed.

Sorry, old chap. There's very little that's new under the sun.
I meant the whole toilet lift up, as if it were on top of a column.
rather than bolted down.

I think of the OP wants it bad enough, he'll find a way.
whether it's floorboards, or through a secret hatch at the back of the oven, or a wet entry hatch in the bottom of the hull...

If the OP has the funds to buy a brand new boat (and good for you!) and wants a hidden space then you will find a way.

As Hannibal said: We will find a way or make one

I guess it depends in the end on how much you are willing to spend both in terms of time and money on having a hidden safe and also how big that safe needs to be

And there will have to be a trade off compromise between how well hidden it is and how easily accessible it is.
06-21-2012 09:39 AM
hellosailor
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

If dummy guns worked, no one would have to waste money on warning shots. Ammunition is expensive.

Floor-mounted fridge...jeeze, a power boater. "Secret compartments" can be considered defacto evidence of smuggling activity, you'd better make it a real good secret.

But as to the toilet? No, ask any con. They tie a piece of dental floss to something valuable, flush it down the toilet, use the floss to retrieve it as needed.

Sorry, old chap. There's very little that's new under the sun.
06-21-2012 09:39 AM
DavidB.UK
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

Here we go; there is a more appropriate picture!
That would soon see off the pirates I think!
06-21-2012 09:34 AM
DavidB.UK
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

I wonder if a flame thrower (for agricultural use officer) would be perceived as legitimate?
06-21-2012 09:27 AM
DavidB.UK
Re: Built in safe for cruising yacht

What about a dummy gun mounted on the cabin roof?


I would think that (at a distance) that would be enough of a deterrent to put off many pirates! Though it may cause more problems that it solved.

Back to the OP.
The way I would facilitate a hidden safe it as follows:
Have an upright fridge in the galley which appears to be mounted at floor level.
A cupboard above it with a false ceiling
then some kind of mechanism that lifted the top of the fridge into the cupboard space revealing the safe from beneath floor level
this could be kept power free with the clever use of gas struts meaning you could still access it even in the event of power failure and without having to physically lift a fridge.

A similar system could be employed by having a hidden cylindrical safe lift up from underneath the toilet! Who on earth would ever think that the toilet would lift up to reveal a safe.

Just a few thoughts, with some ingenuity you will find a way.

Watch some spy movies for inspiration!
09-27-2006 08:56 PM
Shack Contacted the Consulate in Hamilton re weapons. Waiting on response.
09-15-2006 10:34 PM
Shack Kinda like having a survival knife in a rubber raft!!
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