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Old 08 October 2016, 16:25   #11
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Originally Posted by jonp View Post
Wow are things really that bad over that side of the pond?
No, in most of the UK it will be fine. Some areas may be worse, but I think there is also a degree of owner paranoia at play. In the busy areas there is probably something better and easier to nick nearby. In quiet areas you need to be lucky to find something easily stolen in the first place. Boats do get stolen, but ones on trailers are far easier than afloat. Boats afloat more likely to be "borrowed" by someone on way home from the pub, or simply untied and cast adrift by teenagers causing mischief.

Originally Posted by chris123 View Post
Check your insurance very carefully. It may be that I am not asking for the right type of policy but all the SIB insurances I have had stipulate in the small print that the boat is not covered if left afloat unattended.
The exact wording varies and I found higher price was slightly better (cheap policies often having restrictions about dusk-dawn also). But as a rule nobody will cover you without specifying the location, they are more worried about swamping/sinking than theft though. If I remember rightly my policy will cover me on a pontoon berth. I can also let them know in advance where I am going and agree other locations. I think I also clarified that unattended in my underwriters opinion does not mean "over lunch". In reality, the underwriters don't understand what you are doing with your boat.

OP- Fwiw, I don't generally think you want to bother with disconnecting ht leads. 1. Keys and kill cord will stop most people. 2. Disconnecting the fuel line (or better still removing it / locking it away) will stop anyone who is not prepared. 3. Nothing you do to the engine stops someone just casting it adrift or slashing the tubes.
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