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Old 05-12-2020, 15:21   #1
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What brand of safe?

Hello All,

I am curious about the cruisers out there that use a safe on board what size have you found useful for you?

I am doing a refit and looking for ideas.

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You might like to read the thread here, particularly relevant message #4.
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Old 09-12-2020, 20:59   #3
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Re: What brand of safe?

Hi Jim,

IMHO I'm not sure a boat is a place for a safe, I think you might be better off making a hiding place.

My reasoning is that a safe is a delay mechanism designed to delay the burgler long enough to get caught. On a boat anchored a couple of hundred metres off shore there isn't much urgency as someone coming can be easily identified in enough time to escape.

It is also a red flag that you have something of value and may bring about a return visit while your onboard.

A reasonable quality safe will be more easily removed than opened so whatever you fix it to will likely be damaged and that may be worth more than the contents. The only things in a boat strong enough to attach to aren't things you want a burglar to cut out.

If you hide it and it's found, it's gone but without additional damage.
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Re: What brand of safe?

I purchased a safe for the waterproof/fireproof features as much as the theft issue. As I'm in the middle of a refit it's got more important papers in it vs money lol.
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Thank you guys,

Dave, I see your point. I was thinking of using the safe when not on board for petty theft but I am going to just find a good hiding spot onboard instead.

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Re: What brand of safe?

Dave's thoughtful answer depends on a hypothesized scenario. An alternative scenario is that the burglar doesn't have the tools and time to tackle a safe and is more likely to take the easy stuff such as electronics. I vote for and have a small but heavy-walled safe, bolted down, and in plain view.
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With all the vertical and horizontal carpentry making up the cabinetry within the curved hull of a boat there's a great number of awkward voids without simple access. This provides opportunities for spaces that not apparent. The only purpose I could put to a safe would be as a decoy containing an acceptable loss.
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