If you are serious about security
I would suggest the following:
1) ALWAYS keep the tender
at night and chained to something stout. Mine is an AL rib
, 9.5' and at only 40 kilos is easily lifted in a harness by a 2.5m pole clipped to me mast
with a topping lift
and 4 to 1 block and tackle. (As a bonus I don't have to put bottom paint
on my rib
. At night flake the chain (see below) on the deck
. It is almost impossible to lift
or move chain around on a deck without it making substantial noise
down below that will alert you to any shennanigans.
2) Ashore, always keep it locked to something secure.
3) Remember, no method is 100%, but the longer it takes to defeat what you have in place, the more likely you can keep your dinghy around.
4) Cable, Krypotonite locks and galv. chain are all just minor deterrents. With 2 beers and a hacksaw and a bic pen I can defeat them all before you get back from your ice run. Yes, I drink the beers fast.
5) Stainless steel
chain is the only cable worth using. At least 5/16, so it takes longer to cut through and can accommodate as thick a hardened lock shackle as you can find. This is a painful expense, but I found a place in the US that has amazingly low prices on SS chain ($6/ft for 5/16) and in my short time using it appears to be good quality: 1st-ChainSupply.com. Get a length 3-4 feet longer than your dinghy.
6) You'll need two locks, one at the transom or outboard end and one to secure it to whatever fixture you want. I have an Aluminum
rib with a perforated stringer in the stern so locking the engine and boat and running the chain through the fuel tank
handle is easy. Take the kill cord and fuel tank
line with you when you go to shore....
7) As others have indicated here you want to make yours less of a target than others, or to be nicer about it; just make yours less of a target.