My wife and I are preparing for our crossing of the Indian Ocean
and we've heard numerous reports of outboard
thefts in quite a few of the ports
we'll be visiting. Because we just purchased a new 2-stroke Yamaha 15hp (with the dubious distinction of being the most-stolen outboard), I'm thinking about adding an on-off key switch. Granted, it wouldn't take someone with a basic knowledge of ignition systems very long to bypass the switch but it might add a level of deterrent for not too much of a cost.
I have searched - but haven't found - an appropriate waterproof switch. Ideally, it would be made of brass or stainless steel
and would retain the key when in the 'on' position.
will be double locked onto the transom of the dinghy
and I have a cable to lock the dinghy
to a fixed point on a dock
or beach. Regardless, we expect that in some of the more remote
places, our dinghy will be vulnerable to someone just hopping in and taking off. The emergency
stop button is too easy to override and isn't a satisfactory theft deterrent.
There are two holes in the front of our outboard that would be the perfect location for a key switch so there wouldn't be any need to drill.
Has anyone done this? Any ideas would be appreciated.
Fair winds and calm seas.