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Old 12 March 2010, 14:29   #1
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Stainless steel foils a theft.

Stainless steel foils a theft

I have seen a few comments on the forum in respect of outboard engines being CUT off the transom of boats.

I also saw a suggestion that a stainless steel plate or angle would knack a chain saw.

Has anyone placed a stainless steel bar in there transom yet.

Thinking of a routed slot in the timber of the transom and insert a thick bar the length of the transom.
glassed well in and then continue grp to the transom.

Is there any other way to help protect theft.?
apart from the usual engine bolt cover locks.?

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Old 12 March 2010, 14:59   #2
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In most cases I think they just angle grind off the bolts that go through the transom. Difficult to protect against that.

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Old 12 March 2010, 15:05   #3
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I think it's a better deterrant if it's on the outside where it will put them off starting in the first place.

A piece of 3 or 4mm thick stainless steel Angle welded into the correct shape to go all the way across the top of the transom would make it a less attractive job to cut out with a chain saw, and also looks nice.

It wouldn't stop an angle grinder though.

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Old 12 March 2010, 15:48   #4
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Outboard theft is not really opportunistic, if they want to take it they'll more than likely be tooled up for any security measure in place. Sad fact, and it's something that makes me glad i live on Guernsey where this kind of thing doesn't happen... Yet...
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Old 12 March 2010, 16:40   #5
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Yeah, I'd agree. Supposing you made the transom from solid stainless, they would probably just swap their chainsaw..... for a stillsaw.....
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Old 12 March 2010, 16:45   #6
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the sad fact is you can't stop them, mind you there isn't much theft in saudia when they cut your hand off when caught

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