Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 17-12-2014, 22:00   #1
Registered User
Dr. Sea's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Annapolis/Caribbean
Boat: Oyster 55
Posts: 223
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?

Dr. Sea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-12-2014, 22:16   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 202
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.

Gun not included nor implied for the sake of preventing this from becoming another gun-thread!

Sondor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-12-2014, 22:41   #3
Marine Service Provider
Emmalina's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Thailand
Boat: Herreshoff Caribbean 50
Posts: 502
Re: onboard safe/vault

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 !!!
Steve .. It was the last one that did this !
Emmalina is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 18-12-2014, 12:30   #4
Registered User
CARL's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Guernsey channel islands.
Posts: 50
Re: onboard safe/vault

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 .
CARL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-12-2014, 12:37   #5
Registered User
Sailorman Ed's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Boat: Polynesia 40/42
Posts: 704
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Sailorman Ed
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.
Sailorman Ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-12-2014, 12:42   #6
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2005
Boat: Outbound 44
Posts: 5,277
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.
Paul L
Paul L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-12-2014, 13:38   #7
Registered User
JK n Smitty's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Hingham, MA
Boat: Catalina 310
Posts: 637
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.

JK n Smitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-12-2014, 18:39   #8
Senior Cruiser
senormechanico's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2003
Boat: Dragonfly 1000 trimaran
Posts: 6,091
Re: onboard safe/vault

JK n Smitty,

Thanks for the link.
I can think of several uses for it.
Memento,homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.
senormechanico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-12-2014, 18:56   #9
Registered User
Nicholson58's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Live aboard
Boat: Camper & Nicholson58 Ketch - ROXY Traverse City, Michigan No.668283
Posts: 3,467
Images: 83
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.

Nicholson58 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does Anyone keep a Safe Onboard? simonpickard Liveaboard's Forum 40 23-07-2014 15:45
How Do You Cook Onboard? Pisces Provisioning: Food & Drink 230 27-07-2009 06:46
Doctor onboard Christian Health, Safety & Related Gear 7 05-06-2006 14:03
New Chief onboard Popeye Meets & Greets 0 04-03-2003 19:26

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:09.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.