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Old 22-09-2010, 22:32   #1
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Security While Ashore

Has anyone had any problems with theft or security of their boat or tender while anchored or docked and they were away seeing the sights,etc? I see posts where many people anchor or dock at nice places in Asia (PI, Thailand, etc) and go visit the local area. Does anyone ever go to the boat, knowing they are gone, and steal things or if anchored out steal their tender boat?
How do you prevent this if it is a problem?
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Old 22-09-2010, 22:40   #2
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Only in the good old U.S.A. Never in civilized societies. Never locked the boat in Mexico. Nobody ever touched the dinghy either, except to move it aside for a beach soccer game.

Depends on the local culture. Back home in California anything loose left out will be gone by morning. Probably swiped by the 'friends and neighbors.'
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We've had a boathook a winch handle and some sheets taken off our boat over 4+ years. NO one has ever entered the cabin. The hook and winch handle were inadvertently left on deck.

It happens and the risk of it happening is everywhere.
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Old 23-09-2010, 00:03   #4
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You can get a cable lock for the outboard/dinghy and lock your companionway (and maybe save a rainstorm dumping in your cabin). Not being at the closest mooring to shore might entice lazy thieves to pick on a boat closer to shore. And there's the usual street-smart advice about knowing about the neighborhood, watching where you're going, avoiding activities that put you at risk (becoming severely intoxicated in a strange place, buying drugs or other shady activities, bringing local crew on your boat without careful checking), avoiding certain places at certain times of night, etc.
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Dishonest people and thieves are everywhere and unfortunately it is now a fact of life not like in the days gone past where you did not need to be as prudent.

If they want it they will get it and if you take more effort to secure it then it seems like some thieves either take this as a challenge or do intentional damage to your item as a consequence. Sad but true.
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The only place where things were getting stolen was dinghy in Panama.

I leave everything on deck. Lock up below though.
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Re: security while moored

So in general there are more "crimes of opportunity" in North/South America than in Asia. Interesting, but kinda what I expected. My wife is from the PI and from everything I have found out about the country, the locals are respectful and go out of their way to make you feel welcome (at least the smaller cities, islands and provinces).
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In the Med there are certain places to be aware of - La Linnea near Gib is notorious for dinghy theft, for instance. But in general, we have had very little experience or rumours of problems and often leave the boat to go ashore.

We were particularly careful when entering Morrocco, and added chains to our hatches etc. In fact, I suspect the boat was very safe there because of the constant surveillance. And on the hard in Malta we are far more concerned about creepy-crawlies etc than the two legged kind.

Ashore - as above, the usual street smarts apply.
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I had my outboard (Mariner 15) stolen while in the Dominican Republic. I've had folks attempt to take boat hooks, buckets, soap, and other petty items from the deck or dock.
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