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Old 16 May 2012, 03:48   #21
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
Length: 5m +
Engine: Merc 60 Clamshell
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Originally Posted by Pikey Dave View Post
Dunno It had never occurred to me that people wouldn't have insurance. Maybe if I had a boat worth a couple of grand, I might dither.

Put this in perspective. My electronic toys significantly increased the value of my boat. (none of them are "new" kit, and half of them are the VHF!)

To go fully comp I would be on a 3 year breakeven (assuming I could find a similar setup for a similar price etc etc). It lives in a garage or I'm at the wheel. 3rd party suits me fine.

Granted if I had a nice shiny new ribcraft with an Opti on the back it would be a whole different kettle of fish....

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Old 16 May 2012, 06:56   #22
Country: UK - Wales
Town: N Wales Chester
Boat name: Mr Smith
Make: Humber
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Originally Posted by Pikey Dave

Black Lab, but he's as much use as a chocolate fire guard in the guard dog dept. he'd give your leg a good humping
Good choice! Us too, I like chocolate fire guards though. You know where you stand with them.

Careful re hitch locks that don't go fully underneath and block the socket of the trailer. The thieves just shave the top half of their tow ball off and hitch up. Or rest a full one underneath and strap it up to stop it bouncing. Clever.

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Old 16 May 2012, 07:02   #23
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Town: Stonehaven
Boat name: Sunday Best
Make: Tornado
Length: 5m +
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I just have the type that is a ball that has a wedge inside, so you put it in, open the wedge and put a barrel lock beneath the cap head bolt that adjusts the wedge to stop people removing it! As I say, I'm in a quiet town at the end of a road and my neighbours are vigilant so if it gets stolen its more likely to be while I am away somewhere with the boat!!

I think i'll buy a boat*

*I think i'll buy a boat and then spend the rest of my life trying to afford to keep it
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Old 30 May 2012, 13:01   #24
Country: UK - England
Town: kingsbridge
Make: Quicksilver 430HD
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Big Sting!

As a marine insurance broker I regularly deal with stolen engines from the Salcombe area. Common place in our sheltered waters where thieves (at high water) release craft from the mooring and in a quiet location remove engine bolts using scaffold poles, portable angle grinders, cutters, even chain sawing the whole transom or using acid is not unusual. So where are these engines going, one yam 250 turned up in Ontario last year which was stolen 2 years prior.

My own opinion is the majority are either going abroad (Eastern Europe) using organised traffic rings or centrally to be dismantled and sold off as spares in due course, no way of tracing a gearbox from a stolen 250. No doubt worth a few bob to the criminals when the usual 10 year wear and tear starts, means there will be a demand for spares and money to be made.

How can you prevent it, simple, I have now self-installed a tracker, the battery backup charges when I run the engine (no main boat battery) or you can charge it fully using a car charger and should easily last for 60 days, if the boat moves I get a text and I can also check its location and turn it on and off from my smart phone. As I understand it, if it's permanently wired in to your boat electrics, if the mains cable or ignition is tampered with it also sends you a text, and when the battery gets below cranking power! So how can a thief get around that one?

I know for a fact that one of the large rib and associated engine manufacturers are seriously entertaining this product, which is great news for those that buy a new boat, engine or package. Soon the thieves will know which these are and then only target older engines, the likes of you and I will become more of a target.

Have a look at, well worth it and you may even win a free one on the competition. Easy to fully install yourself if you know about 12v electrics, I think they have a main dealer network in the UK if not and it's a British product, about time!!

I will be recommending this to all my clients over the next 6 months, hopefully it will make my job easier by not dealing with marine theft claims, none of which put my clients back in a better position, nothing but a massive headache for all of us and pushes up premiums.

Hope this helps

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