The best way to protect your dinghy/motor is to lift
it from the water
every night so that it is at least 9 feet off the water
. I use a spare halyard
for this. The 9 feet is determined by the height of the thief while standing upon the bow of his panga/pirogue. I used to lift
the dinghy/motor to the top of the deck
edge and lost
a brand new 15hp Yamaha that way.
- - What doesn't work is the locks on the motor
mount screws. A pry bar or piece of rebar will pop the handles right off the ends of the motor
mount screws. Also a padlock through the motor mount screw handles doesn't work.
- - Lifeline cable as a dinghy
or motor leash can be cut with a nail file or finger nail clippers. Stainless Steel
chain - thick link - seems to slow them down.
- - Normal padlocks also are only a nuisance as they are easily cut with bolt cutters. And - the local diver I hired to clean my boat bottom in Trinidad recounted to me how several locals lost
their motors when the thief swam out from shore to their boat carrying with him a set of bolt cutters. The thief got two motors that night.
- - ** What is needed is an idea that will lock the motor to the dinghy
so that bolt cutters or a pry bar will not allow the two to be separated. I have seen advertisements for replacement motor mount screws that have a key lock "nut" so that the screws cannot be turned. However, the advertisement contained a price
between US$100 to US$150 for a set of these.
- - There has to be some ingenious way to solve the problem other than physically bolting the motor to the transom. Every motor does come with two mounting bolt hole tabs but putting permanent bolts and nylock nuts seems a little too much.