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Old 23 April 2004, 17:14   #1
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Securing RIB to pontoon

I am planning on visiting RIBex in June. I was reading in RIB International that you should secure your RIB to the pontoon to avoid theft. This isn't something I've ever done before (we're quite a trusting bunch in Norfolk!). What's the best way of doing it; chains and a padlock? If so, attached to what (whats the most secure fixture on the average pontoon?)
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The supports holding the pontoon in one place have always looked pretty strong. Wrap a big chain round one of them and back to the u-bolt on the front of your boat?
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The most common pontoons have cleats like the the ones shown on this page. You can pass a cable lock throughh these and then secure it to your A frame.

Having said that, it's not something I have ever felt the need to do . . .

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Careful now, Tim... Hugo might suggest that you must always drive a RIB whilst standing on your head!
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Watch out for the padlock though if its getting wet it will be a hacksaw job to remove after a few days.
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You can purchase a lock and chain manufactured for motorcycle security. The chains are often covered in plastic (to avoid scratching) and the chains and locks are designed not to corrode. Available at most motorcycle shops.

Check out Oxford Products Go to the 'security' section and look at 'chains'.

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Is there a real issue regarding boat theft in this area. Like most people I had never conceived padlocking my boat before.

What happens if you are rafted out?

Why dont boat engine ignitions come with immoblisers?
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What do you mean by rafting exactly?
Even if they did have imobilisers, there's nothing stopping someone coming along and towing your RIB away!
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Hi Tim
rafting just means your boat tied alongside another trick is to still have your bow and stern lines to shore ,and your springs to the boat you are alongside
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