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Old 06 April 2013, 13:32   #1
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Wheel clamp warning

I took my boat down to the dry stack today and as we were about to leave could not locate the wheel clamp keys.After turning the house upside down time became short so I decided to drill the lock out which I assumed would be a timely process requiring multiple drill bits. I had no mains powered drills at home so resulted to an 18v dewalt battery drill an only had pilot drills for hole saws designed primarily as guides.
The lock was removed in 10 seconds with no excessinve noise and the key element drilled as if it were hard wood. I can only describe the unit as pathetically inadequate in giving any form of protection apart from as an insurance tick box or basic deterant The irritating thing for me was I asked my insurance company for advice on the best unit to buy and this was there recomendation. The unit is not cheap and what most people in my marina seem to go for. I will be taking the issue up with the manufacturer next week and trying to find a much better alternative. I would suggest that if you have a red wheel clamp with a lock that is easily accessible you rethink your security arrangements.
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Old 06 April 2013, 13:36   #2
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there are many on the market - can you describe which wheel clamp you are talking about ?
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Old 06 April 2013, 13:57   #3
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Wheel c

It's an SAS unit around 80
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Even the expensive ones are easy to get off, I don't know why insurance company's insist on us putting them on, but if you don't fit one and it gets nicked then they won't pay out.
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I use this one :
NEMESIS WHEEL CLAMP MOTORHOME/CAMPER VAN/CARAVAN/CAR/HORSEBOX | eBay

Do I have to worry about the security of my boat ??
I mean - hard to avoid if a professional really wants your boat .
Then better to have any cheap clamp on the wheel which is ACCEPTED by insurance rather than having nothing done ..
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I had to put locking wheel nuts on under my BullDog as some bugger had a go at taking the wheel off.
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I had an SAS clamp once and lost the key. Put a nail bar between the clamp and the wheel and a short, sharp pull and it was off.

As you say, only useful for satisfying the insurance company.
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I have kept the boat at home behind a gate with quite high security however as you say if they want it they will get it. I think if I had thought about it I wouldn't have bought a unit with a directly exposed lock but when you've just bought a new toy the accesories get sidetracked by the overall excitement I will be looking at it in more detail. the boat is on the top rack now so I guess for the next six months I don't have to worry but think I will just remove the wheels next winter and install some floor eye bolts and heavy gauge chain if the insurance company are ok with that.
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I use this one :
NEMESIS WHEEL CLAMP MOTORHOME/CAMPER VAN/CARAVAN/CAR/HORSEBOX | eBay

Do I have to worry about the security of my boat ??
I mean - hard to avoid if a professional really wants your boat .
Then better to have any cheap clamp on the wheel which is ACCEPTED by insurance rather than having nothing done ..
I have the same one and would hope it's as much a pain to get off than it is to put on PROPERLY. Took some advise from jetski days:

Wheel clamp
Hitch lock
Trailer chained to u bolt cast in driveway
Boat chained to trailer
Always covered and behind locked gates (use to be in garage)
Car parked in front of gates

If they want it they will get it, but its at least proof it's reasonable steps.
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Another vote for the Nemisis.
It does take alittle longer to get on and off, but I had to get one off a friends trailer once and trust me it was hard work and noisy!
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