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Old 20 March 2015, 10:32   #1
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Using a SIB as a mode of transport

I have searched the forums and the web, but can't really find out if anyone actually moors their boat and (gasp) leaves it there whilst having a drink/doing something touristy etc.
Is this not possible/very naive? Husband has bought a 'MotorLoc'.
Having romantic thoughts about arriving at National Trust properties on Windermere by boat (ok, SIB!) as their website suggests, or finding somewhere to moor the boat on Loch Lomond for a coffee (Inchmurrin island etc). Will we most likely come back to no boat?
Had a look at your 'stolen' thread. Our cars and motorhome are ringfenced with alarms several times over - not so easy with an inflatable, is it? I'm sure we'll learn, but hopefully not the hard way!
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Old 20 March 2015, 10:56   #2
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I have searched the forums and the web, but can't really find out if anyone actually moors their boat and (gasp) leaves it there whilst having a drink/doing something touristy etc.
Is this not possible/very naive? Husband has bought a 'MotorLoc'.
Having romantic thoughts about arriving at National Trust properties on Windermere by boat (ok, SIB!) as their website suggests, or finding somewhere to moor the boat on Loch Lomond for a coffee (Inchmurrin island etc). Will we most likely come back to no boat?
Had a look at your 'stolen' thread. Our cars and motorhome are ringfenced with alarms several times over - not so easy with an inflatable, is it? I'm sure we'll learn, but hopefully not the hard way!
An outboard lock and a stainless bicycle lock go a long way.

The biggest theft problem I usually see with SIBs is footpumps.
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Old 20 March 2015, 11:21   #3
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I take mine into York sometimes. I buy a daily permit, launch and go up the Ouse. Moor up, lunch and browse.
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Using a SIB as a mode of transport

I used to use a SIB to go shopping at Tescos in Surrey Quays, and I've used it at various places further up the Thames like Cliveden (NT). I tend to use a cable lock to deter chancers and idiots.

On the coast at places like Dartmouth or Fowey there are loads of tenders moored up on the town pontoons and very few people seem to bother with locks. I'd probably put a cable lock on if I was leaving it overnight or if I got wind that Mollers was in the area.
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Jeanette, it wouldn't be odd to pop over to inchmurrin for a coffee, or a meal and just tie up rather than lock the boat. I've never locked my boat there or on various remote west coast of Scotland jetties etc. it may be seen as antisocial to lock your sib to someone else's jetty incase a larger vessel comes along and needs to do some rearranging. I have a console with a key but it's no more of an actual prevention for a determined thief than if you locked your engine tilted out the water. I also take the kill cord and usually anything removable and valuable like vhf, GPS with me. Even left overnight Ive never had problems - I'd be more anxious in busy areas.
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We've never locked up the boat as such. Just isolate the batteries, take the ignition keys & go & enjoy. We've tied up in French harbours & marinas over the years, plus all around the UK, never had a problem.
Relax, go for it. No point owning a boat if you can't enjoy it.


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Mine is a rib but I can remove the fuel line to deter a joyrider, they wouldn't get far. A sib is at greater risk but town centres like York have cc tv. On Holiday in Major a there were lots of tenders tied up but now body was touching them. Any theft would be a case of your sib coming into contact with someone stinky!
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Majorca even. Can we turn off autospell admin?
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Majorca even. Can we turn off autospell admin?

I thought autocorrect was at your end not at the forum end, it's a device setting afaik.


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Never had any issues with leaving the sib or the rib in uk or the continent been in French & Spanish & Italian marinas looked for the visitors moorings and left it

Had a slight issue with some jobs worth ranger on Loch Lomond but that's about it
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