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Old 02-18-2019, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Low Bidder View Post
Put a Club on the steering wheel!
Not too far off. Secure the steering wheel hard over so if they try to tow it away it will go in circles!
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:03 PM
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Remove the ability to spark, remove the ability to tow, removes the will to steal... itís all about what is easy to take. I make it hard. So far itís working for me...
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:06 PM
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Sure they do

My dock neighbor had his 500k brand new boat taken for a joy ride

He left his keys on-board

Someone hopped on, pushed the engine start buttons, and away they went
My bad, I thought he meant like at a public dock or restaurant. But you're right, guess it just depends on where you are, etc.

Maybe we just don't have nice enough boats to steal in my parts, or something like that.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Stim View Post
Not too far off. Secure the steering wheel hard over so if they try to tow it away it will go in circles!
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If the motor isn't running, "Hard Over" really make's a difference in tow??
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by The Matador View Post
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If the motor isn't running, "Hard Over" really make s a difference in tow??
Yes.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Stim View Post
Not too far off. Secure the steering wheel hard over so if they try to tow it away it will go in circles!
Thanks, everyone for the input. This is the best advice yet.

I understand those with the advice to "not worry about it", but I live in Mt. Pleasant, SC and every update I hear is about auto and boat thefts. Shit, the storage unit company I use had someones boat stolen recently...and it requires key code gated access.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:29 PM
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Pay your insurance premium, battery switches off, pull the keys, and go enjoy your burger.
Don't get me started on insurance. My 15' Whaler was repowered with a Honda 60 (2017), meticulously maintained with low hours. My total coverage barely covers the cost of the outboard, and my insurance company wouldn't go any higher. Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:36 PM
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It seems like itís more common for the boat to get stolen on a trailer. A boat thatís stolen without one could get docked elsewhere but it really requires some forethought about what youíll do with it. Think about it; you stole the boat. Now what? Sure, you could joy ride, but thatís a small percentage of thefts compared to those meant to enrich the thief. Do you have a trailer that will fit? A really private slip/dry stack arranged?

Whereas as if you drive away with the boat on a trailer you have the ability to hide it while you figure out how to sell it.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:41 PM
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I use this one at the lift and at some away docks. The 1/4 mile range (realistic) receiver can be used with batteries and is small enough to go in my pocket. Won't stop anyone from taking it, but at least you will be alerted.

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Old 02-19-2019, 02:59 AM
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Why would you not be able to rely on a MOB kill switch with a fob ?.

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Old 02-19-2019, 03:25 AM
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Just get a realistic fake snake and throw it in the boat.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:19 AM
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I just own a cheap ugly boat.
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Originally Posted by hawgstalkers View Post
Don't get me started on insurance. My 15' Whaler was repowered with a Honda 60 (2017), meticulously maintained with low hours. My total coverage barely covers the cost of the outboard, and my insurance company wouldn't go any higher. Anyone else have this issue?
Find new insurance . When I bought my boat my insurance agent asked replacement cost of boat, motor and trailer separately. Then electronics, gear etc. was added.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:30 AM
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Send the receipts of your major upgrades to the insurance provider and they should adjust the valuation in your policy accordingly. I have done the same over the years, and it is worth every penny for the peace of mind. Heck half the time I'm more worried someone will just walk off with a chartplotter or 2K worth of rods/reels instead of the whole dam boat.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:33 AM
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Just unscrew the engine and take it with you.
Not that hard people.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by hawgstalkers View Post
Don't get me started on insurance. My 15' Whaler was repowered with a Honda 60 (2017), meticulously maintained with low hours. My total coverage barely covers the cost of the outboard, and my insurance company wouldn't go any higher. Anyone else have this issue?
I have never heard of an insurance company that wont increase coverage with proof of new equipment

If that is the case, find a different insurance company
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by hawgstalkers View Post
Don't get me started on insurance. My 15' Whaler was repowered with a Honda 60 (2017), meticulously maintained with low hours. My total coverage barely covers the cost of the outboard, and my insurance company wouldn't go any higher. Anyone else have this issue?
"Agreed value insurance" is the phrase you are after. Not a big gap, but I paid $9200 for my boat. After electronics and upfitting, I have an agreed value policy on it that covers $13,500, which reflects the cost to replace it with a like make/model/age, and rig it out ready to use.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
"Agreed value insurance" is the phrase you are after. Not a big gap, but I paid $9200 for my boat. After electronics and upfitting, I have an agreed value policy on it that covers $13,500, which reflects the cost to replace it with a like make/model/age, and rig it out ready to use.
I did this as well. My coverage is about twice what I have in my boat, and I had to send in a bunch of pictures to the underwriter showing the bilge, systems, engine, hull and deck, etc. My cost for insurance went up about $35 per year for 2x the original coverage. IE, $8500 in stated value coverage vs $4000 in coverage. I have about $4700 in my boat at the end of last season.

Granted not many people are likely to steal my boat. It's reliable, not beautiful.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:51 AM
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I, nor anyone I know removes the keys when tied up for lunch. Maybe we live in a safer location or something. I also think the chances of someone making it onto my boat, untying it and getting away are slim to none. Even if they got off the dock, any number of boaters would help me chase them down and commence the beating of thier lives.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:09 AM
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IEven if they got off the dock, any number of boaters would help me chase them down and commence the beating of thier lives.
I'm in.
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