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Old 02-19-2019, 07:15 AM
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Just a thought, but if you have multiple phones with you then you could stash one somewhere on board when you get off for lunch, etc. It won't stop anyone from taking the boat but it would allow you to track the boat which I would assume would result in a quick recovery.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by blake0723 View Post
Just a thought, but if you have multiple phones with you then you could stash one somewhere on board when you get off for lunch, etc. It won't stop anyone from taking the boat but it would allow you to track the boat which I would assume would result in a quick recovery.
Good idea. Let's leave your phone.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Brokenline View Post
Good idea. Let's leave your phone.
I don't check my phone while on the boat anyway so why not? If I stash it in the console the odds of someone else finding it are low and if my boat disappears while I am eating lunch then all I have to do is pick up my wife's phone and track mine to find the boat location.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:49 AM
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Booby traps. Hidden razor blade under the shifter, loaded spear gun pointing for the head when the battery is turned on, and my personal favorite IED’s.
Since we're talking hypotheticals....

A pound or two of PETN connected to the ignition, matched to an RFID key fob should do it.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:53 AM
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I have a poly-coated cable lock that I'll run through the middle cleat and the dock cleat on my skiff. Takes two seconds to do and I rest easier if I can't get a table with a dock view. I wouldn't think someone with cable cutters would get very far down the dock, and they're looking for the quick jack.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by hbouldin1216 View Post
I have a poly-coated cable lock that I'll run through the middle cleat and the dock cleat on my skiff. Takes two seconds to do and I rest easier if I can't get a table with a dock view. I wouldn't think someone with cable cutters would get very far down the dock, and they're looking for the quick jack.
Every time you stop for a bite? I can't recall seeing many boats with cable locks on them at marinas or private docks, much less a gas dock or restaurant?

Another thing is that at many of our waterfront restaurants, rafting boats and crossing over them is a necessity. No way a boat locked to the dock would fly in such situations.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:24 AM
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Buy a Mercury 90 2-stroke.



I'm the only one I know who can start it.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by blake0723 View Post
Just a thought, but if you have multiple phones with you then you could stash one somewhere on board when you get off for lunch, etc. It won't stop anyone from taking the boat but it would allow you to track the boat which I would assume would result in a quick recovery.
So you will have to conversate with your friends while eating? Yeah right .
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
Buy a Mercury 90 2-stroke.



I'm the only one I know who can start it.
LMAO... my cousin has a 70s 17 Montauk I got running after sitting for 10+ yrs... has a Johnson 90 smoker on the back. If it ain't him or me at the control, no shot it's getting started. Your comment had me laughing hard this morning.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
Buy a Mercury 90 2-stroke.



I'm the only one I know who can start it.
My 150 carb merc isn't much different.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
Buy a Mercury 90 2-stroke.



I'm the only one I know who can start it.
This is my answer... Good luck suckers lol
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:07 PM
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A hidden ground switch to the motor usually does the trick !!! Make sure a couple of your fishing buddies knows where it is , I do this on many of equipment , mowers skid steers , it’s cheap insurance anything to stop a screw driver or a quick hot wire !!! No ground no start !
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Every time you stop for a bite? I can't recall seeing many boats with cable locks on them at marinas or private docks, much less a gas dock or restaurant?

Another thing is that at many of our waterfront restaurants, rafting boats and crossing over them is a necessity. No way a boat locked to the dock would fly in such situations.
Yep, rafting is not a practiced concept out here and the tweakers are omni-present. I am small enough that I can usually dock on the side nearest the jetty (I can get in there even at dead low) so I've never had an issue, but that same proximity is exactly why I lock it.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:31 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!
Only works if they notice the steering hard over before they tow it. Once they start and find out, they'll probably just cut your boat loose. Who knows where it'll end up.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:09 PM
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It is interesting to see how differently people respond to this.

I am in Oregon and boat theft doesn’t seem to be an issue here. I have never seen a boat locked up at a dock or marina. I did talk to a guy that had a fishing pole stolen from his boat once, but I wondered if he lost it over the side without knowing...
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:18 PM
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The best easiest thing to do: LOCATE YOUR BATTERY CUTOFF SWITCH IN A LOCKED COMPARTMENT (bilge pumps "float switches" fused directly to battery so they still work) . The ignition switches generally can be discreetly forced with a screwdriver (or like mine, only seven different keys for all models those years), but they can't get anywhere with no power at all. And they won't want to draw attention using a crowbar to pry.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:11 AM
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I have better things to worry about like leader and hook size, where to get bait, where to fish, trolling speed, etc....

I can't go through life constantly worrying about "what ifs".
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