I always raise the dinghy and motor
on a halyard every night - and raise it to at least 9 feet off the water
. The height is determined by what makes it is difficult for a thief standing in his panga/pirogue to work on removing the motor
. After having two motors stolen in 5 years at a cost of US$2500 each, lifting the dinghy is cheap insurance
- - Motor theft is rampant in most parts
of the Caribbean
Basin and is tied to the drug use in the area. This means that the thefts are not spread evenly over time but occur in spurts every month or three with quiet times in between. When the drug user thief runs out of drugs he goes out and steals 2 or 3 motors and then trades them in for a new supply. Then everything is quiet until he needs more drugs.
- - And an also important benefit to raising the dinghy/motor out of the water is the prevention of bottom growth which is a royal pain to remove from the bottom of the dinghy especially inflatable
tubes. Most of the little harbors are very fertile and sea growth rapid.
- - Another benefit is the reduction of outboard
motor zinc replacement on the outboard
. Mostly overlooked, these little zincs are very difficult to find replacements
for in the Caribbean/Bahamas.