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An NRA member sticker on the outboard would probably also be effective.

How about some bio-hazard stickers.
I wonder (seriously) if this would work.. What type of sign would detour possible thieves, not the NRA, I would think that would elicit more scrutiny from the authorities .

Maybe if you left a a hazmat suit with a sticker on the boat : "ebola patient transport"

I know a musician who had a sign on his trailer: "live bees". The thought was: who would open up that trailer or think what was really in the trailer was $10,000 of instruments and sound system equipment.
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The only place I've had anything stolen was in a civilized country...Australia.
Me, too. The only place I ever had anything stolen from my boat (a spinnaker pole) was in the US (Louisiana).

And, in Maryland, thieves once hit every boat in our mooring area except ours, (about ten or eleven boats). And I was the only one that didn't have a lock on my companionway hatch. I think it made them think there was nothing to steal in there (there was, we had come in late at night and I had forgot to lock it).

They also took every outboard that wasn't locked down (ours was locked down).

I left it unattended at a marina in the Bahamas for a month once, and didn't have so much as a winch handle missing when I came back.
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Re: Dinghy theft protection

I guess I'm not too surprised there aren't more ideas, as I don't really see many dinghies with security measures. A neighbor had one stolen from our marina just this past year, so it's not a civilized thing necessarily. The police found it about 8 miles away.

I do subscribe to the idea of making yours tougher to take than the next one, not necessarily theft-proof. Locking the tiller so that it can't turn might work. I see Yamaha now has a remote ignition disabling device, but not apparently for under 30hp.


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...I do subscribe to the idea of making yours tougher to take than the next one, not necessarily theft-proof...
I think detaching a spark plug wire, as someone else mentioned, is about the most straightforward way to accomplish this. A thief would likely try to start the motor a couple times then give up and move to the next boat.

I'll keep that in mind if/when I upgrade from my current electric trolling motor.

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I guess I'm not too surprised there aren't more ideas...
You might see what's going on, with some google searches, in the anti-bicycle theft world. Seems like there could be some overlap of technology here. How about 10 Kryptonite bike locks chained together?

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As for the spark plug wire, I wouldn't bother. It'll only stop drunks. My wife's car got stolen with the main spark plug wire unplugged.

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I think detaching a spark plug wire, as someone else mentioned, is about the most straightforward way to accomplish this. A thief would likely try to start the motor a couple times then give up and move to the next boat.]
One thing I forgot to mention, I changed out the deadman's switch for a regular (waterproof) toggle switch. However I prominently labeled it backwards, so I leave it in the "on" position when at the dinghy dock, but it is labeled "off". Should someone try to start it, they will turn it "on" which is really turning it "off" and not have a lot of luck trying to start it.
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You might see what's going on, with some google searches, in the anti-bicycle theft world. Seems like there could be some overlap of technology here. How about 10 Kryptonite bike locks chained together?

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As for the spark plug wire, I wouldn't bother. It'll only stop drunks. My wife's car got stolen with the main spark plug wire unplugged.

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You might see what's going on, with some google searches, in the anti-bicycle theft world. Seems like there could be some overlap of technology here. How about 10 Kryptonite bike locks chained together? ......
Yup, there are a whole bunch of outboard theft devices. But, they don't often prevent the theft of the whole boat. Once you motor away with the entire boat, you just cut the transom off.

Reminds me of the old commercials for the "The Club". That device you locked on your steering wheel that prevented it from turning and they showed neither a hack saw nor bolt cutters would cut through it. However, they failed to show that the thief could easily cut through your steering wheel and remove it.

The plug wire would not deter a pro thief, but I find it a bit hard to believe that an opportunistic thief, or a stupid kid, would open the cowling and take a look around.

Actually, preventing a drunk or a dumb kid is probably the best I'm looking to do anyway.


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Simple solution - solar powered electric fence - good to prevent those middle of the night boat boardings, too.

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...As for the spark plug wire, I wouldn't bother. It'll only stop drunks. My wife's car got stolen with the main spark plug wire unplugged.
I think there are different deterrents appropriate for different scenarios. I was thinking that removing the spark plug wire would be good enough for when you want to leave the dink at the tiki bar or restaurant for an hour or so. With lots of people around, anyone who takes your dink wants to look like it's his, and nonchalantly ride off with it without attracting attention. He definitely doesn't want to have to open the cowling to make adjustments, and if confronted with a balky engine would likely walk away and come back a few minutes later to try a different boat.

The "pros" who would come along at night with nobody around, and try to steal the boat out of a slip or while connected to your stern, are a different story, and would likely be more sophisticated. There may be no way to stop a truly determined thief from taking any car or boat.
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