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Old 14-12-2017, 19:57   #1
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Security on the hook?

Hello cruisers,

I've got a question for anybody who lives or has lived on the hook while working full time. How did you secure your boat when leaving it unattended for hours at a time? I'll be in the Portland area, and while I plan on staying in a marina I have thought a little about anchoring somewhere secluded and just renting a slip for my skiff. That way I'd still have access to showers, ice, and laundry, but actually live somewhere quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of a busy marina. The major downside I've considered is the presence of the floating shantytowns around there, and I would be worried about someone robbing or stealing my boat.

How was your experience living on the hook, security-wise? Any incidents? What steps did you take to make sure your property was protected?

Thank you,
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Old 14-12-2017, 22:03   #2
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Re: Security on the hook?

Boat theft is pretty rare. However petty theft, such as gas cans or an outboard on your rail are pretty common. We have a flagship marine security system. It has deck pressure sensors and a magnetic door sensor. It is a great deterrent, and does give us peace of mind. Keep in mind though, if they want it bad enough, they will likely get it.

We also like that it is controlled with a key fob like a car alarm and it turns our deck lights on when we disarm it. Particularly nice when coming back on a dark night.
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Old 14-12-2017, 23:23   #3
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Boat theft is pretty rare. However petty theft, such as gas cans or an outboard on your rail are pretty common. We have a flagship marine security system. It has deck pressure sensors and a magnetic door sensor. It is a great deterrent, and does give us peace of mind. Keep in mind though, if they want it bad enough, they will likely get it.

We also like that it is controlled with a key fob like a car alarm and it turns our deck lights on when we disarm it. Particularly nice when coming back on a dark night.
That sounds ideal, however it also sounds like it costs as much as the boat I'm buying. What's the price tag on something like that?
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Old 14-12-2017, 23:30   #4
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Re: Security on the hook?

Portland is America right?

The answer would have to be guns.
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Old 14-12-2017, 23:31   #5
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Their basic one starts at $179. The more advanced ones like mine are around $300-400 depending on the sensor options you choose, so not too bad.

Of course a truly tricked out one could cost a lot more.

Www.boatalarm.com
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Old 14-12-2017, 23:33   #6
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Oh, also be aware the install can be time consuming. Lots of wires to run all over the boat.
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Old 15-12-2017, 00:46   #7
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Portland is America right?

The answer would have to be guns.
Those only work when I'm aboard, sadly. I think booby-traps are illegal as well.

I doubt my attack cat could fend off a burglar (pirate, I suppose?).
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Their basic one starts at $179. The more advanced ones like mine are around $300-400 depending on the sensor options you choose, so not too bad.

Of course a truly tricked out one could cost a lot more.

Flagship Marine Security - Quality Boat Alarms
That's actually very reasonable! I'd buy this for the marina even.
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Hello,
I have the concern I am going to get a camera from best buy Arlo is the maker and it is 350.00 and for 5.00/mo it will hook up to cell tower and give you access to your boat real time and if someone is on your boat you can talk to them through the camera. I like it as I am leaving my boat in Florida this winter and can check in on it anytime I want on my phone.
hope this helps, good luck
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Portland is America right?

The answer would have to be guns.
Don't be a TROLL.
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Old 15-12-2017, 08:32   #11
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We live on a floating dock , ie row to the boat. We had a uninvited guest one night before we moved aboard. Very unsettling.

We installed a Simply Safe system for $200 and $15 pm for the monitor. It is wireless to install and uses cellular system if the alarm is triggered. They have all types of sensors including smoke and water.

We had a smokey oven and the call came in seconds after the detector went off.
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Old 15-12-2017, 08:37   #12
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Sir Francis Chichester would scatter tacks on the deck at night.
But this works best against bare feet.
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As for Simi60's remark, unfortunately the Smith & Wesson Security System only works when you're present, other than that it's a very effective deterrent!! Thieves look for patterns, if you leave and return at regularly scheduled times, the thieves will figure that out in a hurry. Wherever you go there are opportunistic lowlifes just looking for the chance to relieve somebody of their possessions. I think I'd be more concerned about weather that may cause you bigger headaches while you're away from the boat.
A cheap system, that may not deter but will help identify any culprits trying to relieve you of your goods would be a few trail cameras, that are available through any sporting goods outlet. They're relatively cheap and portable just have to be located someplace where they'd be effective and hard to detect. Just a thought.
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Re: Security on the hook?

Jordan,

If there is a usable cell signal where you keep your boat you may want to evaluate a system like we installed from Siren Marine.

It monitors location, intruders, bilge, batteries and shorepower, and more.

Here is our blog post with details from a few years ago.

They have a newer model available today with an improved smart phone app as well. I am preparing to upgrade and therefore don't yet have hands-on esperience with their current offerings.

Best wishes finding what is right for you.

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I have several Blink wireless wifi camera. They are 99 bucks each, easy to install and no monthly fees. AA battery powered, last a year.
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