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Re: Dinghy theft protection

Best idea I ever heard of was to install a 5" (or larger) opening deck plate in the bottom of the hull with the opening at the waterline height of your unloaded dink. Take the plate wirh you when you go.

Thief, or drunk, steps in the boat and immediately it starts sinking (to a point).

You only have to reach in and reinstall the plate before getting in. Also doubles as a self bailing hole.

Your other option is to get the BRIGHT red model of Portland Pudgy like I did. Nobody knows what it is or wants it
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Thanks for that, my mistake, I had misinterpreted it as no advertising.
No it's not my company, it's a company whose products I am aware of from Caravanning as opposed to boating.
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Re: Dinghy theft protection

sounds like from the comments.. you need to make thieves aware that your dinghy isn't the best





A few have mentioned that if they want it, the will get it. I think you just make your dinghy harder to get than the next one. Even if the cable is through a canvas handle, if that is harder than one that isn't cabled....

Are you just wondering of is there a problem where you are?

And of course, you could fly a Pirate Flag, I hear criminals don't want to be seen as lame
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Re: Dinghy theft protection

What about replacing your prop cotter pin with a fast pin? Take your prop with you. That'd work...

Alternatively you could leave some used 50yard pistol targets with the middle shot out in plane sight for all to see... done that before in bad neighborhoods with my car. :-)
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Firstly, cruise in civilized places. Second, don't have the nicest dinghy at the dock. The 15 hp will get stolen long before the old 8. Third, hoist it out of the water at night.

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.....And of course, you could fly a Pirate Flag, I hear criminals don't want to be seen as lame
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.......Alternatively you could leave some used 50yard pistol targets with the middle shot out in plane sight for all to see........ :-)
An NRA member sticker on the outboard would probably also be effective.

How about some bio-hazard stickers.


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I'm surprised there aren't outboards that require a start key on the outboard itself. It would have to lock the cowling down though.


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Firstly, cruise in civilized places. Second, don't have the nicest dinghy at the dock. The 15 hp will get stolen long before the old 8. Third, hoist it out of the water at night.
Isn't there a need for a certain compromise....

Like you could just say you 'don't need no stinkin' dinghy' and swim in to shore... but that wouldn't serve your purpose many times...

....so what if you need a 15 hp engine?


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Firstly, cruise in civilized places. Second, don't have the nicest dinghy at the dock. The 15 hp will get stolen long before the old 8. Third, hoist it out of the water at night.
The only place I've had anything stolen was in a civilized country...Australia.
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