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Old 19-01-2012, 19:47   #1
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Is there really a problem of people stealing fuel out of boats?
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Old 19-01-2012, 22:41   #2
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Re: Fuel locks

Absofugginlutely! It kinda depends where you are, but it's quite common.
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Old 19-01-2012, 22:47   #3
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Re: Fuel locks

I get hit from time to time. I hope they grab my winter stored fuel and its contaminated to hell and they clam up whatever they are running with it. :P

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Old 19-01-2012, 23:05   #4
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Re: Fuel locks

I've never been hit on the boat(s) but I have known a _A_Lot_ of people who have.

I did have someone take some gas from my nissan truck once though.

it didn't have a locking cap.

They crawled under the truck and pierced the rubber hose because that was easier than siphoning.

Cost me $400 to repair the damage for the $20 worth of gas they took. Same truck, they smashed the window of an UNLOCKED door to steal a gps. Again cost about $400.

Locks by themselves don't actually prevent theft. It's like the saying that when faced with a grizzley bear you don't have to outrun the bear. you just have to outrun your friends.

If your boat is harder to pilfer than the guy next to you, then guess what?
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Old 19-01-2012, 23:40   #5
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Re: Fuel locks



It would be worth the cost to see them try to get it out of my boat. When I'm not using the boat I only keep about 5 gal. in it. All that effort and no profit.
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Old 20-01-2012, 06:38   #6
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Does it happen more at the dock or while stored?
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Old 20-01-2012, 07:09   #7
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Re: Fuel locks

Excluding the dinghy, I’ve never heard of a fuel theft, from a boat. Accordingly, I'd think it a rather rare occurrence. Of course, it'd only take once to ruin a day.
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Re: Fuel locks

Switch the caps between the holding tank and the fuel tank, then just wait for them to steal your fuel

PS - don't forget that you did this!
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Old 20-01-2012, 07:42   #9
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Switch the caps between the holding tank and the fuel tank, then just wait for them to steal your fuel

PS - don't forget that you did this!
I like the way you think... Dirty!!!!
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Old 20-01-2012, 07:46   #10
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Re: Fuel locks

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Switch the caps between the holding tank and the fuel tank, then just wait for them to steal your fuel

PS - don't forget that you did this!


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Re: Fuel locks

Last summer I tried transferring fuel from my boat to a friend's who was buddy boating. ( I have a much bigger capacity). There is no way we could get a small hose down to the tank from the outside. I had to open the clean out inside the boat to do it. However on land my vehicle was hit twice and then they stole the whole thing.
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Old 20-01-2012, 11:17   #12
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Sound like there are just as many problems on land.

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