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Old 13 June 2018, 10:21   #11
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Originally Posted by Fenlander View Post
I was meaning an even more basic step than wiring. OBs not on remotes all have a variation of the kill cord end being a wedge clip to pull a button off its stop.... well apart from Mercury/Mariner where the kill cord isn't needed to start anyway.

A twist or two of boat wiring elec wire or a cable tie tightened behind the button will enable a start and only takes seconds.
Yeah - I realised that - I've seen it done with some paracord. My point was someone needs to have two brain cells to do that. People that joyride small outboard boats probably don't use kill cords, and whatever experience they have of kill cords is that there is a red springy thing clipped in place and dangling there - if they are wise enough to know how to improvise one (especially one that stays in place and doesn't leave them stranded a few feet from shore) they probably aren't in the drunk teenager having a laugh camp.

Of course people "joy rode" boats before o/boards and so if you have oars on board a fit idiot might still nick it!
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Old 13 June 2018, 11:30   #12
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There's a rather worrying image on the Fowey Boatwatch scheme Facebook page from a while back... Where a chain and padlock plus the metal bow handle of a SIB is still fixed to a ring or other supposed secure point. They have obviously just cut through the fabric tab on the bow and away.

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Old 13 June 2018, 17:30   #13
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In all our years boating (40) we've left boats sibs and tenders unattended many times from cornwall to inverness and never had a problem & never locked one up. We regularly leave our hard boat tender on a beach or slipway/ pontoon around the west coast of scotland for hours with the engine on (5hp or 8hp yamaha) and never worried.
Done the same with a sib around Cornwall when we used to holiday at pentewan.
While we are probably a bit lax about security we find that nice boating areas with people about are reasonably safe without any security
Maybe we've just been lucky over the years but dont overthink the whole security thing cos if a pro wants your boat/ engine they will take it no matter what you do.
Go boating enjoy dont worry just be sure of it goes missing it was secured when you fill in the claim form
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Old 17 June 2018, 11:46   #14
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Thanks for all the replies guys. Iím definitely thinking more about the deterrent for the opportunist twit, I appreciate thereís little you can do to deter a pro thief.

In other news, we went on our longest jaunt yet yesterday - from Cookham to Medmenham and back. Happy days.

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