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Old 05-11-2009, 06:38 PM
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Hi Guys,

I'm taking a trip to the Keys next Month and am planning on spending the night in Miami area and the next day going into the Keys.
Heres my concern, How do I protect my boat and trailer while spending the night in a motel?
I don't want to strip everything off the boat as its a pain in the ash to reinstall. I'm thinking of having mooring canvas made up to cover the dash board area of the console, and seats of my CC boat. I'm thinking if the GPS and Compass is out of sight than it would be safer.??????
What do you guys do?????? ;?
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My chartplotter is flush mounted so it would take a minute or two to get it out. I usually just take all my rods out and put them in the room and put everything else away belowdecks.
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pick a hotel with overnight security and throw him a few bucks.
Old 05-11-2009, 06:47 PM
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Don't drop your guard once in the Keys, I had all my rods/tackle stolen off my boat while at the dock, our room was only steps away
It's a pain, but I won't leave anything of value on the boat.

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Forget the motel and sleep in the boat. OR get a full cover for the boat. It'll take about 15 min. to install each night but might detract would be evildoers. Roger that when in the Keys as well. Slow times will always bring out the cockroaches. A $700.00 combo will fetch half that in the pawn shops. I've also seen the burgler alarms that are motion activated for less than hundred bucks
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I remove the stuff that is easy to grab and run. Then I use a "Reporter" wireless PIR motion detector. Set the detector near the helm.
Example: http://www.beachaudio.com/Internatio...r-p-10936.html

It has surprisingly good range and is loud enough to wake me. Don't know for sure what I would do if it alarmed. Probably dial 911 and shine the spotlight on the boat and hope whoever touched it off will run for easier targets. Hope I never have the 12 ga on the ready!

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Don't stop in Dade County. EVER!
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Last time I did that, I'd pull into a popular rest area and try to park where there was some light. Get a couple hrs. sleep and off again. No way my boat was going to be left in a motel parking lot anywhere near I-95 in southern Fl. Had way too much stuff in it that could have been lifted.
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I would just keep driving.
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Like Libra says, pull into rest area and sleep in the truck. Nothing of value in the boat, boat locked to truck.
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Keep driving, sleep in the truck, in a truck stop, or draw straws to see who sleeps in the boat. Don't forget to get the guy in the boat a can of Off before you turn in for the night!
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So what is everyone saying, if you slow down below ten miles an hour in those parts of town thieves will run alongside your trailer and pull everything of value out of the boat while you are driving along?
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!! too many people with no conscience... its not that much further from Miami to the keys. Grab some coffee and keep trucking!

i have stayed at an embassy suites down there that has 2x security guards and i left my boat out (with nothing of value in it) and it was fine, plus they had a barbed wire fence around the lot. worth 140$ a night.
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
Don't stop in Dade County. EVER!
Good advice - and others like it as well are good advice.
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Originally Posted by pfifla1 View Post
YES!!!!!!!!!!!! too many people with no conscience... its not that much further from Miami to the keys. Grab some coffee and keep trucking!

i have stayed at an embassy suites down there that has 2x security guards and i left my boat out (with nothing of value in it) and it was fine, plus they had a barbed wire fence around the lot. worth 140$ a night.
pfifla - resize your photo! Everytime you post your photo is so big it throws off the entire thread. If you're not familiar with re-sizing, email it to me and I'll re-size it down just a bit to fit the screen, & send it back to you.
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I think you'll be okay if you're careful - although I would stop in fort lauderdale, not miami. You may want to call around some hotels and ask which ones might be able to help you out in terms of "keeping an eye" on the boat. Obviously it's going to be neighborhood specific as well.

Although now that I think about it - how long is your total drive? I also think you'd be better off starting at 5 am and just heading all the way down. Again, the keys aren't some mecca of safety but better than some of the more urban areas.

BTW, first light, I agree 100%
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
pfifla - resize your photo! Everytime you post your photo is so big it throws off the entire thread. If you're not familiar with re-sizing, email it to me and I'll re-size it down just a bit to fit the screen, & send it back to you.
OR you could actually use a modern day screen resolution. I use 1280x800 and it works fine, and that's on my laptop. I use an even higher res on my 22" monitor on my desktop.
If you're not familiar with changing resolution, let me know
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When my son used to race motorcycles we used to spend nites in motels and Florida was one of the most theft prone areas. Numerous racers we knew had their tied down bikes and locked bikes stolen from motel lots. Take whatever you want to keep remove from the boat. I would not reccomend a cover as it allows theives to remove built-ins while hidden from view. (unless the boat is real low, like a bass boat) We found the best securityy came from parking in a well lit area and getting a room with a view of your rig. When you take a leak, take a peek.
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
Don't stop in Dade County. EVER!
What he said
Old 05-12-2009, 09:17 AM
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I agree, just keep moving... it's only another hour or two. Get your hotel in the Keys lined up for an extra day so you can come in late if need be. Get some coffee, crank the tunes and keep truckin!

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