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Old 10-02-2018, 03:57 PM
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I have a 72 inch trolling motor that weights about 42lbs. I don't want to carry it each time I go fishing. On the other hand, my boat lives in a public marina so leaving it conspicuously on the bow seems a bad idea, especially since it's mounted on a quick-release plate.

My plan now is to wrap the motor in canvas, and put it inside the boat, so it's less visible. I have a center console, so no cabin. The only way I can lock it is to put some chains around the lower end of the motor, and tie that to the T-top support poles.

I might also put a sticker that says -- "trolling motors are not popular here on the west coast, no one will buy it from you, and here's 5 bucks for your trouble."

Does anyone have a better plan?
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With the introduction of the harbor freight battery angle grinder, the only thing a lock will do is make you feel a little better.
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Old 10-02-2018, 05:07 PM
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I think you either leave it or haul it out each time.
How about buying a cheap dolly. A you dolly it from your truck to the boat. Leave the dolly on the dock. Boat. Then return and use the dolly to the truck. Then take the dolly with you.

Thatís all I can think of.

What at do you do about your electexteonics?
And gear? Unload every time?
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The quick release plates Iíve seen have a place for a padlock
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The quick release plates Iíve seen have a place for a padlock
Yah. But they only accommodate small padlocks. Even the small bolt cutters would chomp them in seconds.
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If you plan to keep it add a quick release and take it off.
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It's sick to have to ask a question like this but it is the world we live in today.
Ask yourself this, if you went to the boat and the lock/cable was cut and the TM gone, would you had wished you did take it the last time?
You need to take it every time.
What else is in the boat that can be taken?
I have so much stuff in mine I could never empty it every time including the TM.



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take it. TMs are expensive.
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Replace the slam latch to one of the hatches/center console door with a locking one.
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The problem is that if a thief watches you store it then they will break into that hatch and steal it. If you cannot afford to lose it then I would take it with me. Locks only keep honest people honest.
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Originally Posted by ba_fisher View Post
I have a 72 inch trolling motor that weights about 42lbs. I don't want to carry it each time I go fishing. On the other hand, my boat lives in a public marina so leaving it conspicuously on the bow seems a bad idea, especially since it's mounted on a quick-release plate.

My plan now is to wrap the motor in canvas, and put it inside the boat, so it's less visible. I have a center console, so no cabin. The only way I can lock it is to put some chains around the lower end of the motor, and tie that to the T-top support poles.

I might also put a sticker that says -- "trolling motors are not popular here on the west coast, no one will buy it from you, and here's 5 bucks for your trouble."

Does anyone have a better plan?
This is what I used - theft proof nuts/bolts
There's also a product for prop nuts.
https://shop.mcgard.com/mcgard-74049...-size-set-of-1
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Originally Posted by Cajunoxbowj View Post


Yah. But they only accommodate small padlocks. Even the small bolt cutters would chomp them in seconds.
You cannot prevent theft....you can only discourage it. A lock will discourage 80-90% of thieves (kids, opportunists, etc.). If a pro wants your motor, or anything else, they are gonna get it.
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My electronics are behind a canvas cover on the center console. So far (knock on wood) no one has stolen them yet. My slip is behind a locked gate so it should generally be OK. I just don't want a bright white trolling motor sitting on the bow, inviting the local drug addicts to scale the fence to steal it.

I am still debating whether I should carry it each time. It's not too heavy and I can carry it single handed. It's just a bit unwieldy, being 72+ inches long, and all the weight on one end. Maybe I'll make some sort of harness to carry it on my shoulder. That looks super dorky, though.

And I am clumsy, so there's the chance I'll drop it while walking down the ramp.
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My electronics are behind a canvas cover on the center console. So far (knock on wood) no one has stolen them yet. My slip is behind a locked gate so it should generally be OK. I just don't want a bright white trolling motor sitting on the bow, inviting the local drug addicts to scale the fence to steal it.

I am still debating whether I should carry it each time. It's not too heavy and I can carry it single handed. It's just a bit unwieldy, being 72+ inches long, and all the weight on one end. Maybe I'll make some sort of harness to carry it on my shoulder. That looks super dorky, though.

And I am clumsy, so there's the chance I'll drop it while walking down the ramp.
Now tell me again, exactly where is your slip???????
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Get a wrap made it for it like that one Cape Horn did at a boat show? It made a brand new boat look like it was rusted out and beaten down.
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Perhaps a secure dock box?
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Might be a dumb question but are you in a high and dry?
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Might be a dumb question but are you in a high and dry?
Nope, I am low and wet.
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What's your insurance deductible on theft? Does the marina cover against thefts? Life's too short to be toting a trolling motor back and forth from the house every single trip. Put a padlock on your quick release bracket and call it good. It won't prevent someone from stealing it but it will highly discourage a random theft.

Correct me if I'm wrong but Marinas typically have video surveillance right? 99% of people's homes don't right? You would think as many expensive TM's are on bay boats in people's yards they would be getting stole at very high rates. I dont think this id the case. It may be a more significant problem in your area but I haven't heard of them being stolen like Yetis out of the back of trucks. Leave it on boat, lock it down, go fishing then go home. On the less than 1% chance it gets stolen, file a claim and get a new one.....
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
What's your insurance deductible on theft? Does the marina cover against thefts? Life's too short to be toting a trolling motor back and forth from the house every single trip. Put a padlock on your quick release bracket and call it good. It won't prevent someone from stealing it but it will highly discourage a random theft.

Correct me if I'm wrong but Marinas typically have video surveillance right? 99% of people's homes don't right? You would think as many expensive TM's are on bay boats in people's yards they would be getting stole at very high rates. I dont think this id the case. It may be a more significant problem in your area but I haven't heard of them being stolen like Yetis out of the back of trucks. Leave it on boat, lock it down, go fishing then go home. On the less than 1% chance it gets stolen, file a claim and get a new one.....
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put a lock on it and forget about it or remove the quick detach and mount it directly to the boat.

If it runs off then take the next one home with you every day.
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