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Re: Dinghy theft protection

One thing to remember is that thieves often come in via their own tender and tie up a bunch of dinks and tow them away. Disabling your motor will be of no help here, but I imagine these kinds of heists likely don't occur in broad daylight, so this may only be a risk at night or in out of the way places. On the other hand, towing one dink wouldn't attract much attention.

Using a small tracking device that is linked to an Iphone app would alert you that the dink was moving and let you know where it went. If the local cops aren't corrupt this could be of great assistance. Spot makes a satellite tracker for $99. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Spot-...3896481&rid=20



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Re: Dinghy theft protection

Med has a good idea. There are relatively inexpensive apps. You could hide a token somewhere aboard the dink and it would let you know its moved.

However, this may only work while you're aboard. I'm not sure how far away you can get from the token on shore.


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Med has a good idea. There are relatively inexpensive apps. You could hide a token somewhere aboard the dink and it would let you know its moved.

However, this may only work while you're aboard. I'm not sure how far away you can get from the token on shore.
Actually, that spot anti-theft device[/URL] is satellite based, so.... you could get pretty far away from it. You could affix it to the inside of the motor's cowling and you'd have a tracker for boat and motor theft. Seems like they have the boat market in mind as well because many of the bike theft devices use an accelerometer to detect motion whereas the spot can be put in "dock mode" whereby it will be immune to the motions of the boat but will only activate when it moves 200ft. Pretty cool....

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...You could affix it to the inside of the motor's cowling and you'd have a tracker for boat and motor theft...
Has anyone actually tried this? I'd be concerned about ignition components creating some electrical interference. Just guessing, though.

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Actually, that spot anti-theft device[/URL] is satellite based, so.... you could get pretty far away from it. You could affix it to the inside of the motor's cowling and you'd have a tracker for boat and motor theft. Seems like they have the boat market in mind as well because many of the bike theft devices use an accelerometer to detect motion whereas the spot can be put in "dock mode" whereby it will be immune to the motions of the boat but will only activate when it moves 200ft. Pretty cool....

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Some how this reminds me of the thread about the guy who was on an anniversary cruise with his wife, in the Caribbean and was killed by a guy trying to rob him.. If I remember right.. there were several posts on how the authorities didn't seem so gung-ho on solving the murder.

I am reminded in that I wonder, if this device might be a great way to track the criminals, but being futile because the authorities are not interested in tracking down the criminals..


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Well, we have the ugliest dinghy i have ever seen, (outside of one other)
its a water tender hard dink from west marine, when docked for long periods we use a cable and lock, but the vast majority of the time we tie it up to the dinghy dock, and go about our business, its always there when we get back. When compared to every other dinghy on the dock ours is unarguably the least attractive.

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Well, we have the ugliest dinghy i have ever seen, (outside of one other)
its a water tender hard dink from west marine, when docked for long periods we use a cable and lock, but the vast majority of the time we tie it up to the dinghy dock, and go about our business, its always there when we get back. When compared to every other dinghy on the dock ours is unarguably the least attractive.
I have a bicycle that is in kind of the same condition -- I keep the drive train in pretty good condition.. so it runs great,,, but I like that the old beer stickers are peeling off and so on.

Once, when I got it tuned up, the owner says: "Isn't it nice looking all shinny?" because they had put a little wax on it... I backed way from say --- I want it to look worthless, not steal-worthy?


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If you could stand the embarrassment, painting the entire dinghy and motor something like fluorescent green would probably serve not only as a deterrent to theft, but also make recovery much easier.

You're not trying to stop a thief from stealing a dinghy (that would be hard), you're just trying to stop him from stealing yours.

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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

Dinghy Alarm

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.
I know this is an old post but after an incident a couple of nights ago I'd really appreciate seeing a schematic of your alarm.

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Re: Dinghy theft protection

I never locked my dink in the Caribe or Southern NE until I had an AquaPro and Honda OB go missing in New Greenwich RI from the back of my boat while we were asleep. I doubt I didn't tie it propoerly and it drifted away. My name and address were on it and so if someone found it they decided the keep it. Not good RI. I filed an insurance claim and was fully compensated for the loss.

With the new dink I keep the OB locked by a padlock between the tightening handles... and use an SS chain and padlock to a bow eye and then thru a horn clean on the dock. I don't leave the OB fuel key on board... but that can be worked around for someone determined to start the OB. Of course a determined thief with a bolt cutter can steal it.

I do not lock the dink except in Newport or when we leave it for the week. Dinks are often taken by sailors who are drunk and missed the last launch or some other reason they can't get to their boat... such as their mates left them behind in the bar.

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