Originally Posted by endoftheroad
I've always been opposed to doing this as it advertises to would be thieves that the mothership is vacant as the tender sits at the dinghy docks.
Not a problem so much in some parts of the world but a real concern in others.
I've heard this opinion expressed many times, but have to wonder about it. I think that most boat robberies are kinda ad hoc, not planned after scrutinizing the dinghy docks. That presupposes a degree of intellectual activity not always present in casual thievery. And, just having the dink ashore does not mean an empty yacht at anchor
In some countries, (Australia included) having the tender identified as "t/t yacht xyz" helps visiting yachts avoid registration
conflicts with the local authorities. Our dinghies are such that if locally owned they would require registration
, and we have been pulled up by various water
cops for failing to have the numbers displayed. When shown the name on the inside of the transom ("Phoenix, t/t Insatiable II") they've always been happy to let us go on our way. I suppose that our Yank accents help, too!