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Old 06 October 2018, 16:43   #1
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Engine lock ...

Anyone know the best way to get an engine lock off where a key may have either never been given on purchase of boat or lost? Such a lock is in photo below ... is this the sort of thing a locksmith has a good chance of getting off? Looked for a number on it to check if itís the type one can go to the lock manufacturer for but no such luck (no brand name on it or number). I know there are other ways such as drilling it or using an angle grinder but thought I would see if anyone here had come across this and what was done.

If a locksmith can get it off guess I just do that then get a new lock and keep the keys

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Old 06 October 2018, 16:45   #2
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Grind the bolt head off the engine side is what outboard shops commonly do, 2 min job if grinder can get in bud.
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Would that be risky i.e a bit close to the engine bracket though?
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It is no worse than grinding anything else off if you are comfortable, if not your local outboard place will have it off in minutes.
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This is the other side, the nut should just come off but I guess itís how to pull the bolt out
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Grind nut off and push bolt and lock through, easy job matey
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excuse my ignorance but shouldn't the lock be on the nut what use is it on the bolt. oh and I once removed one of the ones where a stainless sleeve just spins around the nut with a pair of stilsons as the salt water had corroded it onto the nut
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Good question ... I donít know! Itís the way Humber installed it ... thatís what I was thinking in terms of undoing the nut, canít see anything on there stopping that. Then either turning (using a plumbing clasping tool or similar) the bolt to come out the side where the lock is? Thatís if my grip can get onto it tight enough, imagine itís pretty fixed on!
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If that not wont unscrew its a 2 min job with a thin disk in a grinder then just punch the bolt through
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If that not wont unscrew its a 2 min job with a thin disk in a grinder then just punch the bolt through
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Had to take mine off like that.....staggered how easy it was to cut.
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