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Old 01-29-2019, 10:39 AM
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I am organizing a bahamas trip and staying at a house that does not have a dock. we intend on anchoring 50-100 from the house and i am concerned about having the boat stolen. other than GPS tracking, which I have, what other devices or measures would you suggest to take to ensure the safety of the boat. thanks in advance.
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I had a friend do this last summer, they had engine issues and ran all 3 motors all night. boat was still there in the AM. Not ideal lol

issue you will have is they can always just tow it away, but you could add hidden kill switch.
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We did this briefly at one of the beach homes at GHC, and honestly I was more worried about the boat breaking loose from mooring and floating away.lol
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Have someone sleep aboard...
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Mine lives on a mooring in front of our home 6 months of the year. If it's not a Contender with multiple yamahas don't worry.
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Where?
andros, north of fresh creek
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The Contender comment had me laugh, I think the OP has a Contender. Make sure insurance is up to date, hidden kill switch, and that mooring is secure.
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
The Contender comment had me laugh, I think the OP has a Contender. Make sure insurance is up to date, hidden kill switch, and that mooring is secure.
indeed he does with a pair of yamaha engines. i have good insurance, i just don't want to get stuck in andros without a boat and with a ruined fishing trip. still looking for recommendations on devices/measures. thanks
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If you can find a longer range driveway sensor, you could put it on boat, and then have receiver in Bedroom. you would know the minute someone got on the boat. I dabble in electronics and I have play with stuff that give me about 1000 foot of range. Although it claims 2500 feet

Disabling the boat, will save the boat itself but not do much good on the electronics. a Hidden kill switch would be easy enough to do.
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Run a line from a reel with the clicker on out to the boat so if it gets stolen you can hear it.

what about a wireless wifi camera and a cell phone. Use phone for wifi and a camera that uses a battery. Something like a baby monitor might work also.

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maybe a lanyard to the anchor with an alarm? Maybe the cruiser crowd uses something?
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Originally Posted by ole_blue View Post
Run a line from a reel with the clicker on out to the boat so if it gets stolen you can hear it.

what about a wireless wifi camera and a cell phone. Use phone for wifi and a camera that uses a battery. Something like a baby monitor might work also.
good idea, the driveway sensor is just as good. have that in mind. i guess a device that would trigger an alarm upon cutting the anchor line.
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also, one concern is a GPS geofence blocking device, hence the need for additional measures.
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I’m not being a smart ass or trying to slam your vacation spot, but I have always thought that if you have to worry this much about thieves, you are in the wrong place.

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Originally Posted by The Kook Abides View Post
I’m not being a smart ass or trying to slam your vacation spot, but I have always thought that if you have to worry this much about thieves, you are in the wrong place.

i hear you but still interested in doing the trip. just being a bit paranoid
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We had a problem with motors being stolen from my yacht club. We scratched in the cowlings ‘ stolen from yacht club” . It worked
So I guess i’m Saying , trash your boat and all is good.
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
good idea, the driveway sensor is just as good. have that in mind. i guess a device that would trigger an alarm upon cutting the anchor line.
even with all that what r u going to do besides yell hey stop. I would rather find out in am if it was gone then run around all night being frustrated that nothing can be done. Insure and enjoy!
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Originally Posted by jdiddy101 View Post
even with all that what r u going to do besides yell hey stop. I would rather find out in am if it was gone then run around all night being frustrated that nothing can be done. Insure and enjoy!
i'm going to do what all good THT keyboard cowboys swear to do, which is to machine gun the hell out of the perps and then ask questions.

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An alarm on the boat--which triggers a very loud (140dB alarm--siren and strobe light). The alarm probably is best of the type which has a normally closed switch, kept open with a small piece of plastic attached to several pieces of monofilament around the boat, which when tripped, pull the plastic out, closing a microswitch--and setting off the alarm--which is driven by a relay from the battery. Be sure that the wiring to the siren/horn, and strobe are well hidden/hardened.

If someone wants to steal the boat they will, but making it obvious will be a great deterrent. The Geo Fence--tracker is also a secondary feature, perhaps a bit delayed, since unless you know the boat has been stolen at the time, how are you going to give chase?

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