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Old 17-12-2014, 22:00   #1
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onboard safe/vault

I read a recommendation to permanently mount a small safe or vault in an inconspicuous place to keep cash, passports, and other valuables. Does anyone have experience with this? Or opinions? Our boat was burlarized in Guadeloupe a couple of years ago, so I'm somewhat sensitized to this issue. We had quite a bit of cash onboard, but most of it was hidden in 3 or 4 strange unlikely places and wasn't found. The problem with this is remembering where you hid it! What do you think about welding or glassing a small safe onboard?

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Re: onboard safe/vault

For smaller items, such as your passports, cash, and small misc. valuables, I'm a fan of the biometric gun-safes.

Finding a solid place to mount it is of course gonna be dependent on the individual boat.

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Old 17-12-2014, 22:41   #3
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You can't find a place on your boat to hide these things I can put many things on my boat that would not be found unless I want to !!!
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Also don't forget if said burglar finds a locked safe on your boat good chance he will nigh on rip the side of you boat out to get at that locked safe. Just a thought .
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Re: onboard safe/vault

on a related note, we save our expired credit cards and leave them out in the open - few robbers in a hurry are going to bother checking the expiration dates. It gives them something to take and move on.
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Re: onboard safe/vault

A safe is likely to stand out to a thief a lot more than the hundreds of great hiding places on a boat. Leave some significant money in a good hiding place that they can find. Then hide the rest properly in multiple places. The easier to find money can be the money you hand over when you are boarded and they are threatening the crew till you cough up the cash.
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Re: onboard safe/vault

I would disagree with the biometric safe idea. Non-marinized electronics and battery dependent. Not a good idea for a boat in my opinion.

If I were to put a safe on my boat I would go for a quick combination, mechanical only safe. Something like the ShotLock CCW Solo (as others have said, no gun discussion just talking about the safe). Its small and can be through-bolted with backing plates to make it secured in place well.

As others have pointed out, I wouldn't count on it not being found. I would have some backups for it like hiding money in other locations just to be sure it's safe. I also like the idea of having something sacrificial that would look like your valuable possessions. Maybe a cheap lock box with some costume jewelry, a little bit of cash and expired credit cards.

Good luck.

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Re: onboard safe/vault

JK n Smitty,

Thanks for the link.
I can think of several uses for it.
"I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned,
but not greed to want to take somebody else's money"

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Re: onboard safe/vault

We have a couple safes. Also, a few electrical J-boxes with wires & seal tight. There are also a few places it took us over three years to find after we bought the boat.

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