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Old 28 March 2006, 12:19   #1
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Mooring security ?

Finally been offered a mooring (Salcombe estuary ) it has no access other than by water and at low tide dries out. But what security can I use?
It's not the most valueble of ribs but I would like to take some steps to avoid it going missing.
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Old 28 March 2006, 13:05   #2
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I have been pondering whether to/how to do this as well - not so much the problem with it getting nicked here, as some drunken oik deciding it would be a laugh to let it go - it happens occasionally.

I have been thinking maybe a chain to the stainless steel loop on the outside of the bow, it would avoid passing a chain over the tubes anywhere where it would presumably chafe. An all-brass padlock would be essential and I'm not sure how long even that would last in a salty moist environment but the ordinary ones with a steel hasp would be a total waste of time and seize solid in a month.

Awaiting other people's input on this with interest though
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Old 28 March 2006, 13:37   #3
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You can get stainless chain and stainless padlocks - maybe run the chain through a piece of hosepipe???
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Old 28 March 2006, 13:53   #4
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Sold brass padlocks are a bit expensive, but they last, I've been using 2 for about 5 years, half the time near or even in salt water. Evey now and then spray with spray greese and the mechanics of the lock still move smoothly, don't buy the cheap brass locks, good ones are needed 7+. Galvanised marine chain should also do the trick. Also the following site sells marine padlocks but I have not tried them.

http://www.squirelocks.co.uk/html/rustproofhi.htm

or the Abus T84 Inox Brass Padlock 50mm
http://www.lockshop-warehouse.co.uk/...locks_135.html

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Old 28 March 2006, 14:33   #5
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You can get stainless chain and stainless padlocks - maybe run the chain through a piece of hosepipe???
I thought of that too - I have some offcuts of old 2" fire hose I use for protected eyes in Land Rover tow ropes, and I think that would be ideal as it would probably "roll" on the tube if it did move.
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Watch out if it's the old canvas stuff - that would be pretty abrasive - plastic or rubber should be fine.
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Boats are hard to nick when they are on a mooring. Make it even harder by removing a small electrical component part from the engine.
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Old 28 March 2006, 15:21   #8
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mooring security

This is my first year on a drying mooring with a rib.Previously i had a yacht on it with no security whatsoever,just mooring strops.
Having had my gemini stolen from calshot,it makes me perhaps a little more careful with this rib.
My insurance have requested no security whatsoever and i have gone to great lengths to check this also.
Having looked at great length at hardened chain,at 18per metre for a suitable size its not cheap.I eventually plumped for a 3 metre Yale steel cable approx 12mm.Looped through my stainless mooring ring also about 15mm locked to the boat by a stainless,hardened protected shackle Yale padlock.
This may seem over the top but my thinking is that a thief will only try and bolt crop from a boat and not take a genny to power up an angle grinder.
Anyway,you can only put them off because if they're determined they will have it!
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I have kept mine on a swinging mooring which is in only about 2' water at low tide for the last 5 years with no added security , last summer 3 fishing rods went missing but other than that it has been OK but this year I am going to use some chain and padlock as suggested by other posts on here. My insurance is cheaper being afloat than on a trailer at home with a wheel lock!So statistics must say something .
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Finally been offered a mooring (Salcombe estuary ) it has no access other than by water and at low tide dries out. But what security can I use?
It's not the most valueble of ribs but I would like to take some steps to avoid it going missing.
Not that it matters where is it? I would have thought that it would be unlikely to be a problem to be honest, but a lockable chain or cable would make you sleep easier if you're worried about it being taken. We're having a demo weekend on the 7th and 8th of April in Salcombe - PM me if you want to come, there are Ribeyes there as well.
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