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Old 02 February 2012, 17:43   #1
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Outboard Lock device

Just insured the boat and they specify that some sort of lock be fitted to the outboard. Without a forklift I doubt anyone could lift it from the boat so not seriously worried but to keep myself right I want to fit the cheapest possible device! Cheapest I have seen is about 35

Any cheaper ones about? Feel free to offer me a used one

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Old 02 February 2012, 17:49   #2
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I have the very same query and this evening emailed craftinsure a photo of a large padlock securing the engine asking if this is sufficient. Their policy states

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Any outboard motor will be attached to the boat by a purpose manufactured anti theft device
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Old 02 February 2012, 17:54   #3
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you will find if it's not that 35 one your not insured...It is surprising how many large engines go missing without a fortlift!

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IMHO 35 for a lock is cheap compared to the thousands for engine...

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I got the motor loc ones just to be the correct side of the insurance
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Just insured the boat and they specify that some sort of lock be fitted to the outboard. Without a forklift I doubt anyone could lift it from the boat so not seriously worried but to keep myself right I want to fit the cheapest possible device! Cheapest I have seen is about 35

Any cheaper ones about? Feel free to offer me a used one

Cheers
The scrotes don't bother with a forklift, they just Stihl saw the transom out & take the lot
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The scrotes don't bother with a forklift, they just Stihl saw the transom out & take the lot
My thoughts exactly! No point in an expensive bolt contraption as it will not stop this (if they want it they will take it) therefore the cheapest that keeps the insurance boys happy will do me! The insurer is Towergate and they have not specified approved etc, they just say an outboard locking device.

Is 35 the cheapest anyone has seen?
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Just insured the boat and they specify that some sort of lock be fitted to the outboard. Without a forklift I doubt anyone could lift it from the boat so not seriously worried but to keep myself right I want to fit the cheapest possible device! Cheapest I have seen is about 35

Any cheaper ones about? Feel free to offer me a used one

Cheers
been there, done it, got the tee shirt not the best experience I've ever had, but one thing that I did learn from it was that not only do the insurance expect a lock to be fitted, but when you claim for the loss, in our case a 12mth old Honda 150hp, they also want some proof that you had actually bought one and fitted it, don't forget to keep the reciept and take a couple of photos of it fitted. The one fitted now is a Motorloc Volcano Bolt Lock. We were very lucky, we had all the receipts for servicing etc, and as it was so new it was replaced with another new Honda 150hp, but it takes forever even if you can satisfy the questions, I wouldn't want to go through it and not have the proof
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Craftinsure response

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Whilst the security method would involve forcible and violent removal, the padlock does leave the clamps vulnerable to attack – and for this reason we generally prefer you to have something more akin to what can be seen at www.outboardmotorlocks.co.uk.

I wouldn’t insist on it, but for your own peace of mind you might feel such a lock to be a better investment!




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I'm not planning leaving it unattended anywhere but I'll keep an eye out for an outboard lock.
I have already photographed the boat and engine together with close ups of the serial numbers for insurance purposes if I need to make a claim.

Craftinsure are cheaper for me than Towergate and they have responded to my email queries within a working day
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Without a forklift I doubt anyone could lift it from the boat.
Weight isn't a deterrent. Large engines (big brute 4-strokes) have been stolen before, cables and electrics cut then carried across open ground to a waiting van. So your mid-sized 2-stroke would be like a walk in the park.

I fitted a Yamaha outboard lock before (cylinder type) that covers the bolt head. Not cheap, but well made, stainless steel, etc.

At the end of they day - if they (thieving bas*ards) want it - then it's as good as gone.
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