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Old 30 June 2008, 11:08   #1
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outboard lock reccomendations

Hello, I am looking for a small outboard lock for a 5hp yamaha 2 stroke.
The engine is offset, so there is not much space on one side if the lock overhangs the screws. The engine is not worth a huge amount, but it is to avoid the nuisance value if it gets nicked.
So, any reccomendations?

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Old 30 June 2008, 17:05   #2
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nik, can you just use a long padlock between the two thumb screws to stop somone removing them?
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nik, can you just use a long padlock between the two thumb screws to stop somone removing them?
I will use one of these if I cant anything else suitable. It just struck me that the hasp could be cut quite easily.

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Master makes an outboard lock for removable screw-type outboard mounts.

Basically, it's a open box base that you clamp onto the transom using the outboard mounting screws, a box-top then goes over the screw "handles", and a lock secures the top to the base, trapping the handles inside.

I bought one; it was about $40 US (I think.) Never used it, as both my motors were permanently mounted. Haven't found anyone with a valuable enough removable motor to warrant giving it to .


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I will use one of these if I cant anything else suitable. It just struck me that the hasp could be cut quite easily.

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there was a test a few years ago in one of the magazines (looking at the special locks for outboards on tenders) and most of the "proper" locks took less than 1 minute for a professional to remove... they didn't say how - but IIRC said it wouldn't damage the boat or engine, nor make excessive noise. I think the best you can do is make them nick your neighbours unlocked or less secure one.
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Well, that's not really much of a surprise. Most security measures aren't going to keep someone who wants something from getting it; they're more for keeping honest people honest.

A determined lowlife a-hole can steal just about anything, given enough incentive.

In Florida, many boats are taken and stripped. Wheel locks? Trailer dollies or pull the locked wheels and replace with spare tires. A lock on the coupler? Remove and replace the coupler, or simply chain the tongue to the tow vehicle. Locking outboard mounting bolts? A chainsaw on the transom defeats them.

Going more expensive and more complex may slow them down, but it won't stop them if they're determined.

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