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Re: Dinghy theft protection

The one mooring field that is "public" by me there seems to be two things that people do. They adhere to the "ugliest dingy" but the problem is there seems to be a competition going on. One worse than the next. I suspect they even bail water into them to make them look like they are leaking. This is the ugliest gathering of aluminum flat bottom and boats and dented canoes that you have ever seen. So last years winner of the ugly boat competition now looks good in comparison to this years winner.

So the second attempt is now made, it needs to be locked up! Yes even these pieces of junk need to be locked up! I think a lot of the folks take there oars with them. None of them have motors on them by the way. One of them seems to use old anchor chain from the Mayflower, old and rusty, but so big I am surprised it does not sink the dingy.

There are a couple of fiberglass ones, and they have had splotches of paint sprayed on them. There attempt at making them "ugly" are so obvious they stick out.
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I have set up an alarm system based on the following link.

If anyone is interested, pm me with your email address and I can supply an updated circuit diagram as I seem to remember that there was a small error with the attached diagram and I have an amended diagram on Excel. The circuit is based upon a $6 Radio shack relay

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Most of the solutions I had seen before tell you after the dinghy has gone, This solution tells you that some one is trying to take it because as soon as the wire loop is cut, the alarm goes off. I have loud buzzers and lights attached to the relay.

We have also extended the circuit to allow us to have a “panic” button in the sleeping cabin in case you feel someone is too close at night.
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Re: Dinghy theft protection

Around here, dingy theft is rare, so I don't know if this helps or the infrequency of dingy theft has been the solution.

We always have painted state registration numbers directly on the inflatables we've owned. I have figured it might be a pain to remove them, and that might be a deterrent. Obviously, this does nothing to deter motor theft.
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We always have painted state registration numbers directly on the inflatables we've owned. I have figured it might be a pain to remove them, and that might be a deterrent.
Good point. One would certainly have to feel they could far enough away, quickly enough, to deal with them. Mine are vinyl lettering, but would be a bit tough to quickly remove and not look suspicious.

Obviously, this does nothing to deter motor theft.[/QUOTE]

I'm happy to hear motor theft prevention too, but I am focused on the whole boat. It's just so easy to take your pick, pull the cord and take off. I'm pleasantly surprised it doesn't happen more often.

I confess that I'm also thinking about how you prevent a drunk from just taking the wrong dinghy. This, in fact, does happen to charters with some frequency. The idea of pulling the plug wire or something that makes it inoperable or gives the drunk enough time to realize they're in the wrong dink is attractive.


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I have set up an alarm system based on the following link........
Most dinghies don't have power. How does that work?


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Most dinghies don't have power. How does that work?
This solution is designed to protect the dinghy when it is alongside the Mother vessel, i.e. at night at anchor.

The power for the alarm comes from the mother vessel and whatever devices you have attached to the alarm are on the mother vessel

The rest of the time when we are not attached to the mother vessel, we have to rely on chains cables and padlocks

Around these parts, if it raining heavily at night, it is a dinghy at risk night, the bad guys sometimes swim up to the dinghy and try and free it and let it drift down wind then take it away to remove the engine
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Re: Dinghy theft protection

A claymore on the transom would do it too. Just keep a low amp LED light on it all night.


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Re: Dinghy theft protection

I have replaced the screws on my outboard with security bolts (the hex heads with studs in the middle). That means using a driver to get the engine on and off the dinghy but really not a big deal. I have a 20' stainless cable with vinyl coating. It's hooked to the towing padeye with an Abus marine lock and to the dock with another one (keyed the same). At night I hoist the dinghy up above the deck edge on a spinnaker halyard and lock the cable through a cleat.

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As I can't advertise a company I can only suggest that anyone that may be interested try searching for cable lock alarms in the UK made by a firm that has the same 3 letters as a certain bunch of Special Forces characters hailing from the Hereford area. The alarms include one with a 15' cable for a cost somewhere between 29.88 and 30.00 and a decibel on cutting the cable or attacking the alarm of between 119db and 121db.
It should be possible to protect the unit from the elements by the use of a plastic zip closure type bag.
There, hope that classes as assistance rather than advertising.
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You can't advertise YOUR company without running afoul of the rules here. If you know of (and want to pass on) a useful product or service with which you have no affiliation, generally that's OK...

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