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Old    JS (dreamer)      Join Date: Nov 2008       12-02-2008, 8:10 AM Reply   
I need some ideas on how to protect my boat from being stolen when it is parked overnight at a campground marina?
Old    JT (peachman)      Join Date: May 2004       12-02-2008, 8:26 AM Reply   
Some options if it's on a trailer:

http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/c-544-wheel-locks.aspx

http://www.trailerlock.com/testimonials.html

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CK7JL6?smid=A1DTVAJD060G6V&tag=nextag-auto-delta-20&linkCode=asn

Useful info:
http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/theft.htm

HTH,
JT
Old    Evil0ne (evil0ne)      Join Date: Sep 2006       12-02-2008, 9:48 AM Reply   
Here's what I do when I leave my boat on the trailer anywhere.

1) Pull the pin on the tongue, fold away and use tow chains to hold against trailer
2) MasterLock coupler lock
3) MasterLock hitch lock

I think that's enough of a deterrent for them to move on to the next one. You can get them all keyed together which would be nice.
Old    JS (dreamer)      Join Date: Nov 2008       12-02-2008, 11:53 AM Reply   
What about when it is tied to a dock overnight?
Old    Shawn (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       12-02-2008, 11:58 AM Reply   
I figure if someone steals it, it's an upgrade opportunity! :-)
Old    JT (peachman)      Join Date: May 2004       12-02-2008, 12:59 PM Reply   
John,

Buy a set of these,(http://www.etrailer.com/pc-RSC~RM-643.htm )remove the hook & clamp on each end, add 4 good locks and secure to the dock at the D rings front and back.

Or go this route:
http://tinyurl.com/6lt7pf

This will keep most honest, however nothing is fool proof.

HTH,
JT
Old    JS (dreamer)      Join Date: Nov 2008       12-02-2008, 2:04 PM Reply   
Those look like a good idea JT, thanks.

I do not want to be on holiday somewhere and have someone pinch my boat during the night.
Old    Jos (jtnz)      Join Date: Sep 2007       12-02-2008, 2:27 PM Reply   
You could wire in a kill switch somewhere or remove your coil lead... It's OK to do it a few times but not all the time as they get worn out by being removed and put back eventually. I doubt theives are going to bring their own.

Those chains are probably not a bad idea either.
Old    malibu (malibuboats4)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-02-2008, 3:51 PM Reply   
i have heard of people placing motion sensors in their boats and hooking it to the stereo so it blasts them when the sensors are set off.
Old    Jason Callen (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       12-02-2008, 4:11 PM Reply   
my buddy has a full motion sensor alarm in his boat but it was set so sensitive that when cats walk on it it would go off.
Old    Jos (jtnz)      Join Date: Sep 2007       12-02-2008, 4:56 PM Reply   
I had a tilt sensor in my old car, it was way too sensitive and would go off at anything, even another car door being slammed next to it. Apparently there is a way to adjust it but on mine it was right up under the steering column so I never bothered with it.
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-02-2008, 5:00 PM Reply   
Just take your keys out.
Have Insurance.
If someone really wants to steal the boat they will.
Old    SS (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-02-2008, 5:12 PM Reply   
You could pull an easily accessible relay. That's what a lot of used car lots do
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       12-03-2008, 1:45 PM Reply   
For longer term storage, put the trailer on jackstands and take the wheels off. Padlocks, cables and chains only keep the rookies away.
Old    Brant Williams (kitewake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-09-2008, 5:28 PM Reply   
If you are going the alarm route...go with BoatAlarm.com / Flagship Marine Security.

http://www.boatalarm.com/

They have an alarm system with strain gauges you bond to the deck/floor. As soon as someone steps on the floor, the minute flexing of the floor activates the alarm. Very slick, and no false alarms. It will NOT go off unless someone steps on the deck or opens a hatch.

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