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Old 18-04-2012, 12:43   #16
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

i would not leave keys in ignition nor would i leave a boat unlocked in an unsecure setting. just as i lock my bicycle after the last one was stolen off the dock.
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Old 18-04-2012, 15:32   #17
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Perhaps it is my inner-city upbringing, but locking the boat and taking the keys is a fools comfort. Any thief worth his/her salt has a bolt cutter and can hot wire a boat. Many years ago I learned that "locks are for honest people". Add an alarm? That would only notify people until the annunciator was found and the wire cut. A competent thief would plan the boat theft and have a spare wheel to drive it with.

Give me 10 minutes and even this aging Bronxite could probably get any boat underway.

The truly paranoid should wire a silent GPS transmitter to the boat so they could track it AFTER it is stolen.

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Old 18-04-2012, 15:47   #18
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

We never take the wheel off, and the key is always in the ignition (although the ignition is in the cabin). But we do lock out companionway when gone......we have never left the boat in anything but benign conditions though (knock on wood)
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Old 18-04-2012, 15:51   #19
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

Lots of boats get stolen. I don't think that you are making it much more difficult by hiding the key and the wheel. The best thing you can do to keep your boat safe is to be on board.
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Old 18-04-2012, 16:39   #20
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Any thief worth his/her salt has a bolt cutter and can hot wire a boat.

...I'm glad to see thieves finally have a rating system...
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Old 18-04-2012, 16:56   #21
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

It should be noted here that the key can be left in the ignition on my boat while the companionway hatch is securely locked. I wouldn't want make life easier for the type of thief who would come into the boat and steal my binoculars. Just trying to make it easier for a good Samaritan to keep my boat off the beach.
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Old 18-04-2012, 18:10   #22
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My boat doesnt have an ignition key and the tiller requires tools to remove. If I had a key and a wheel I doubt I would pull them off.

Thieves know how to steal stuff regardless of key and wheel.

It would be very strange for me to board someone elses boat to "save" it. I suppose there could be a time but the chances are so remote that I will put this in the cross that bridge when I come to it category.

Although if I ever boarded Bash's boat when he wasnt around it would definitely be for stealing it...
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

I would think if I saw someone elses boat adrift, I could tow it back to position with my dink, or reset the anchor where it's at.. In a lot of cases NO need to start it's engine.

I would also think a thief would be more likely to steal a smaller boat, than a registered yacht. And if a thief really wanted your boat, he could also simply tow it.

But I've been wrong before.
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Although if I ever boarded Bash's boat when he wasnt around it would definitely be for stealing it...
uhhh.... It's a lot more worn out than when you last saw it.


....and a few of the guns are rusty. It's just hard to keep them all up when there are so many weapons aboard.


....and the anchor is still a Rocna. One of those foreign ones. Probably not safe to sail the boat with that on the bow.
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

Do you also have scuttling charges in place?
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Do you also have scuttling charges in place?
Not currently. But I did last time ex-calif was aboard.
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Do you also have scuttling charges in place?

That's the spirt! I would sink my boat before I let someone wander off with it!
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

most marine diesels will start by just shorting the terminals on the back of the solenoid.
so who needs a key anyway............

i have moved boats before with just a pair of vice grips on the wheel shaft before,but wouldnt reccomend it for an ocean crossing till you get the auto pilot to engage
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Re: Wheel On & Key in Ignition

And just another thought ............... why do boats even have keys? Is it to stop honest people?
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most marine diesels will start by just shorting the terminals on the back of the solenoid.
so who needs a key anyway............
You want to keep a diesel from firing up, the solution is not a key. A better solution is a hidden shut-off valve somewhere in the fuel line where a prospective thief would never look.

Of course, the point of this thread is that some of us are less concerned about thievery than about dragging and/or being dragged upon.
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