How bad is dinghy
theft in Caribbean
When I read threads its almost as if its a case of when not if your dinghy
will be stolen. I have images
of hundreds of prying eyes waiting for their chance to pounce!
Can someone give me some first hand experience of what's going on and where the worst places are for theft in Caribbean
I'll be there for about 4 months (Includes Bahamas)
Are thefts at night or in the day?
I read that you lock the dinghy up while ashore. Its hard to imagine what kind of system will be theft proof. I assume only a deterrent and maybe I can use long steel
wired bicycle lock?
I imagine it would have to be pretty long unless there are some sort of rings ashore to lock to. What about when you go to the beach? I always padlock Outboard
mounting clamps together whether on the dinghy or on my yacht.
Someone told me they simply hang my dinghy from the halyard
while on boat
? Doesn't seem overly safe to me as it would take no time at all to jump onboard and cut the halyard
I have dinghy davits
3 metres out of water
so was going to padlock dinghy to davits
when ever I'm on the yacht
I'm more concerned with when I go ashore. Do I pay Boat
boy to look after it? No idea what the going rate would be for that?
I was hoping to use my Walker Bay RID as it had awful melted tubes and an old scruffy 3.3hp motor
and I assumed it would be a less desirable boat to steal. But the tubes are now not fixable and without tubes not stable enough for anything other that light seas. So now in addition to Walker Bay I'm going to get an inflatable
rather than buy new tubes as Walker bay is a slow boat with max 3.3hp so probably not best option for Caribbean anyway.
We are definitely a cruising yacht. We don't look overly wealthy (certainly my bank account doesn't). I know locals in most cases are on low incomes, or out of work
and every one in a boat has more money
than them. We certainly wouldn't be trying to make anyone feel poor by being flashy and therefore hopefully making ourselves less of a target.
We certainly want to engage with the locals as we would with people back in New Zealand