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Old 31 May 2010, 10:43   #11
Country: UK - Wales
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Originally Posted by PeterM View Post
When I lived in a rather classy area of Bristol we used to either remove, or pull off the plug leads of our cars. Pull them off half an inch so they are not in contact but look like they are and itsa bugger to spot in the dark.

Simple, quick & effective - the same could be done on an outboard ?

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Old 31 May 2010, 13:11   #12
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On most boats it should be possible to wire in a "hidden" switch onto e.g. the kill cord circuit. It won't stop someone who knows what they are doing from starting your engine - but it will prevent either a casual joy rider or the opportunist thief who doesn't have time to work out whats wrong. The downside is you are introducing another component which could fail at sea and prevent you starting the engine.

I'd still consider the tracker - they may decide next time to take the engine direct from your mooring or tow your boat to somewhere more secluded.
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Old 31 May 2010, 13:36   #13
Country: UK - England
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Originally Posted by Nos4r2 View Post
Think they run down the internal one that fast, but if it's hardwired to charge it up from the boat battery it doesn't.

Chris will know more. He's got one fitted.
Mine is wired up to the main battery via an adapter, I have yet to run the battery flat despite leaving it for 6 weeks on one occasion, I believe with a decent main battery 2-3 months would be fine.

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Old 01 June 2010, 10:51   #14
Country: UK - England
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Originally Posted by HUMBER P4VWL View Post
Evidently the boats are very very easy to hot wire, irrespective of our tracker, there must be a form of immobiliser that could be fitted to stop them moving it in the first place.
On our new 2010 Yamaha 80 (new because the last one was stolen ) it has an immobiliser and key fob as standard, like a car.

Before you walk away from the boat you blip the key fob, the box of tricks on the boat beeps and the engine is immobilised.

Apparently the only way to override it is a new ECU/Control module.... probably still cheaper than an engine though, admittedly.

Hopefully Yamaha would demand some form of proof of ownership before supplying such parts....

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Old 01 June 2010, 16:17   #15
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Originally Posted by alexm View Post
Apparently the only way to override it is a new ECU/Control module.... probably still cheaper than an engine though, admittedly.
Only just

I recently was quoted 800 squid for a new Etec 90 EMM...

No thievin' scroat wants to outlay that kinda cash before a fenced sale.

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