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Old 04-02-2012, 07:57   #16
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Re: Locking your Outboard.....what is your technique?

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I suspect that comment was friendly snark. There are some wonderful and very interesting places in the world where the value of an outboard motor is such that it represents a tempting target. And, in some areas rumors are that it is not the locals you have to worry about, but your fellow cruisers.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:39   #17
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Re: Locking your Outboard.....what is your technique?

Best method I have found is to put it in the lazarete when we leave the boat......
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:54   #18
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Re: Locking your Outboard.....what is your technique?

All good ideas. Thanks - I'll add some to our set up.

Here is a deterrent I read about for the RIB dinghy. Cut a hole in the floor and install a screw-in port. Take the port with you. The writer used a West Marine type of 6 inch diameter. Install from the outside so water pressure holds it in.
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That must have been one very determined thief. Was the motor worth it?
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:48   #20
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Re: Locking your Outboard.....what is your technique?

simply taking the handles off the screws stops most thieves,
theyre generally pretty lazy and look for easy pickings.
after a week or two theyre locked from corrosion so tight I often wonder if Im gonna get them off. Funky marker paint works wonders too, flourescent orange and green splotched outboard looks pretty unapplealing.
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Re: Locking your Outboard.....what is your technique?

I take the plastic turn handles off, then tourqe them down till the washer goes into the wood some.
I have seen motors next to mine locked with all kind of chain and stuff stollen while mine remain!

Best anti theft for whole dink was the time everyone got fed up with rainbow kids in key west taking dinghys out to christmas tree any time they wanted to. after being told many times that a dinghy did NOT belong to anyone who needed one,,
we made a paper mechie (sp?) one out of news paper and flour and water for glue. i donated oars and sure enough within a week it was gone but didnt show back up
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Re: Locking your Outboard.....what is your technique?

maybe the best is to carry it down the companion way.
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Old 07-02-2012, 14:33   #23
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Re: Locking your Outboard - What is your technique ?

We use the OB motor lock STAZO bought from Latitudes and Attitudes....works great, and easy to unlock-about $90 and worth it! Plus, we raise our dinghy each night.
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Re: Locking your Outboard - What is your technique ?

+1 on the Stazo.

We use ours to keep the OB locked when it's on the dink and/or when it's stored on the rail. (I did do a little grinding to make a better fit when I changed to an Edson rail mount)
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OT, but this is one reason I like New England. Nobody ever locks their dinghy or outboard or raises them at night and I've never heard of one being stolen. Now somebody will chime in for sure with an incident, but it is pretty darn rare. The only small boat theft I can remember was a beautiful handmade wooden rowing lapstrake rowing skiff left on a float. How someone escaped with such a distinctive craft is anyone's guess, but of course it wasn't locked. I spoke to the owner and he was sort of proud that someone would go so far as to steal his homebuilt boat. He built another one even better and he still doesn't lock it. Some people leave their dinghy in the water, tied to the dinghy dock all season long with no locks on nothing, and the kill switch thingy attached too.
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Look, I realise this is off thread but what is a dink? Is it just lazy for dinghy? Or is this a product I've not come across?
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Some people call a dinghy a dink.
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dink = dinghy
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Re: Locking your Outboard - What is your technique ?

Damn thieves don't they just drive you insane? It really is a sad situation when boatowners are buying new outboards then peeling of all the stickers and even splashing them with paint to make them look old & crappy in the hope that they will then be unattractive to the thieves.

Reminds me of a situation that I experienced in the past when I bought a new washing machine. The old one was still working perfectly but the new one just had a larger capacity. So I thought I'd do a good deed and I put it out the front of my house on the grass with a sign on it saying that it was in perfect working order and free to a new home. The damn thing was still there 4 weeks later so I tried a different tack. I changed the sign to "For Sale for $100" and I couldn't believe it when it dissappeared that very night. True story!

Coincidence? maybe, but I suspect that when it was for sale the damn thief saw it as more of a challenge and they were getting themselves a "real bargain" by stealing it & saving themselves the $100.
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