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Old 26 January 2019, 19:29   #11
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Figure out a deadman switch. A simple switch or hidden wire that shorts the ignition or? That will keep a thief from starting your engine.
Something that if daytime thief’s won’t see when given it a quick look under the cover.
In an old classic car I had used the under dash light switch. It was converted into a kill switch.
Perhaps just pull the prop?
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Old 27 January 2019, 01:26   #12
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Yes thought about taking the prop with me, I’d definately take kill cord and fuel line with me and use a couple of chains to secure it but that’s about the best I can do. You can only access the jetty by water and it’s a muddy estuary to try and walk out to so that should help .
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Old 27 January 2019, 03:43   #13
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Yes thought about taking the prop with me, I’d definately take kill cord and fuel line with me and use a couple of chains to secure it but that’s about the best I can do. You can only access the jetty by water and it’s a muddy estuary to try and walk out to so that should help .

I feel really sorry for those of you who boat in bandit country and need to take these sort of precautions.

There are three types of trouble you are trying to avoid
- the determined thief possibly stealing to order and who will have tools and a plan. Virtually nothing you can do will stop him unless there is another easier option nearby. For SIBs the engine is probably the most sellable bit so obviously lock it.
- the joy rider, possibly on the way home from the pub who fancies a wee shot or wants to “borrow” it to get home. Take the kill chord will stop most, the fuel line (even just disconnected will confuse drunks!), or if this is a really bad problem in the area lock the engine up or to one side.
- the drunk idiot - who goes down the jetty untying everything and casting it adrift for a laugh. You chains would stop them but are antisocial for others using the pontoon and forbidden in some areas*. A second long rope tied out of sight onto a bit of the pontoon not easily reached from dry land (eg a loop around the pontoons anchor chain) probably thwarts 90% of idiots.

*i wouldn’t be that surprised if in some places a local or wafi takes offence at some MoBo tourist doing this and sticks a knife in the tubes!
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Old 27 January 2019, 12:07   #14
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Some very good advice here! A bunch of precautions (chains, cables, etc) also take away from the freedom, fun, and ease of use of our little boats. And if the bad guys want it they will take it anyway. If you have a “nice” boat, motor, or component, Max’s idea of the nasty old cover(s) is great. Bottom line, if you can’t afford, or don’t want to afford a loss, insurance is easiest. A loss on your first day of vacation would be a bummer though!
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