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Old 11 June 2018, 13:46   #1
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A newbie question about security when mooring

Hi guys

Weíve taken our RIB out three times now and after a few nervy moments when we first launched, we now LOVE it! Itís given us a whole new lease of life!

Quick - and perhaps daft - question about security. If we want to moor up somewhere and take a stroll, how can we best secure our beloved boat? Whatís to stop someone simply hopping in, firing up the outboard, and scooting off?

Suggestions gratefully received...
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Old 11 June 2018, 13:54   #2
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Switch the battery off, take the keys & killcord, cross your fingers.
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Take the keys, turn the battery isolator off, fit a cover over the console. If the isolator is in a lockable errr locker, it would improve the situation.

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Old 11 June 2018, 15:00   #4
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Take the fuel line with you if possible
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Burtie is this your Zodiac 340 with Honda 20hp?

Assuming so (and then it's a SIB really not RIB) your OB is the most desirable bit and the outfit if ever taken might be so the OB could be removed away from public gaze.

Most important unless you are happy to stand the loss is to make sure you have insurance to its replacement value and make sure it covers being unattended on tidal waters... which many smallcraft policies don't.

It will be a part of all insurance policies that you have a purpose made OB lock... that will not stop it being removed but slow the process and satisfy the ins co if a claim is made.

Yes take the kill cord as that slows folks down unless they are ready equipped but in truth a simple few inches of elec wire will substitute most kill cords.

Where possible moor/tie up within sight of where you might eat or wander but not to the point of spoiling your time at the coast.

Our outfit is about to be moored 24/7 for two weeks on holiday... I will take all the precautions mentioned above and beyond that if it goes then so be it... I'll just get another. To stress over it every moment would ruin the holiday.
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Old 11 June 2018, 17:02   #6
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If it's a SIB not a RIB (not that it makes much difference bar engine starting) then not much you can do except basic precautions and padlocking engine (more to satisfy insurance than any meaningful deterrent).

And having good insurance above all else but you'd have that anyway for third party necessity.
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Buy one or two of these Tracker - Rewire TK 102 Nano hide one in the outboard or boat and at lease you can sup a pint watching your boat on the GPS in the place you left it, or (hopefully never) where it's being taken to

Like all good security the advice is layering, multiple devices or obstructions will make the thief pick the one next to yours. Disable the motor ideally take a bit of it with you, lock it, remove anything valuable and get a lightweight cover to put over it which packs away to nothing when not in use
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If you have space then don't bother with the tk102, pay a little more and get the tk103.
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Whatís to stop someone simply hopping in, firing up the outboard, and scooting off?
There are potentially two types of thief who would take your boat:

1. The joy rider, quite possibly young and stupid, drunk or both.
2. The professional thief.

The first can probably be stopped by taking the kill cord, disconnecting the fuel line, leaving the engine in gear, etc. I know some people disconnect an HT lead. All those things make it harder to take than the boat next to it, or make the opportunist anxious about drawing attention to themselves.

It must be possible to fit a lock somehow that would stop it being tilted down (without some tools to cut it off).

As others say the second will have it, or the engine, anyway. If you have transom wheels you might want to hide them to make it harder.

If you are tying up to a pontoon some people do lock their tenders to them. i personally think this is discourteous to the next person who might want to jiggle boats around to squeeze in. Most marina's etc - discourage it. It does stop any drunken idiot just untying your boat and casting it adrift though, which is probably as big a risk in busy areas as it actually being nicked...

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Yes take the kill cord as that slows folks down unless they are ready equipped but in truth a simple few inches of elec wire will substitute most kill cords.
That requires a bit of nous, and probably sobriety which massively reduces the group of people in category 1 above. In reality even a rib with a key is trivial to hot wire.

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not much you can do except basic precautions and padlocking engine (more to satisfy insurance than any meaningful deterrent).
in broad daylight somewhere with people around (otherwise you've been very unlucky that the 1 person who saw your boat was an experienced thief) a lock will deter people helping themselves. It won't stop a professional.

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Buy one or two of these Tracker - Rewire TK 102 Nano - RIBnet Forums hide one in the outboard or boat and at lease you can sup a pint watching your boat on the GPS in the place you left it, or (hopefully never) where it's being taken to
I think GPS trackers are a reassuring idea for when you leave a boat unattended for days on end. If I felt the need to track my boat when I had gone for lunch I'd not leave my boat there.
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Originally Posted by Fenlander >>> in truth a simple few inches of elec wire will substitute most kill cords.

>>>That requires a bit of nous, and probably sobriety which massively reduces the group of people in category 1 above. In reality even a rib with a key is trivial to hot wire.

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.


>>> tying up to a pontoon some people do lock their tenders to them. I personally think this is discourteous to the next person who might want to jiggle boats around to squeeze in.

Yep really bad form to lock to a pontoon and risks "accidental" damage from frustrated boaters who you may be inconveniencing.
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