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Old 02-24-2021, 11:00 PM
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I am putting a 13 ft Boston Whaler in the local marina for my teenage kids. I have a Raymarine 7 I am going to mount with a gimbal bracket. I would like to flush mount it, but not really enough room on the console. Any ideas to make it more theft resistant. I would rather them not remove the unit every time they use the boat. I will have a console cover to take it out of sight. I realize if someone wants it, they will get it. I am just trying to keep the honest people honest.
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Thereís only one way to ensure it wonít be stolen. If it ainít there, they canít take it. If itís there and they want it bad enough, itís gone.
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You could go with something like this and use theftproof screws on the mount. The problem is the screws and bolts are easy to remove. It cracks me up that a company like Garmin provides basically wood screws to mount $4000+ units. They could at least make them theftproof screws but nope. Maybe provide a good backmount bracket like Furuno, nope.

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When I had my Lowrance units bracket mounted, a locking knob was available that required a key to remove the unit from the bracket. But locks only stop honest people. If someone wants it, a lock won't stop them
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
Thereís only one way to ensure it wonít be stolen. If it ainít there, they canít take it. If itís there and they want it bad enough, itís gone.
Agree; and also keep in mind that the more theft resistant you make it the more damage they will do to your boat when stealing it.
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Replace the mounting knobs with the appropriate bolts. At least then the thief will have to use a wrench to steal it.
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After a buddy of mine had his electronics stolen, he made his replacement MFD removeable. I believe he used wingnuts and just unplugs it after using it
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Originally Posted by davepjr71 View Post
You could go with something like this and use theftproof screws on the mount. The problem is the screws and bolts are easy to remove. It cracks me up that a company like Garmin provides basically wood screws to mount $4000+ units. They could at least make them theftproof screws but nope. Maybe provide a good backmount bracket like Furuno, nope.

https://www.rammount.com/blog/2016/0...unts-pin-lock/
If they did everyone and their brother in the MDF theft business would just buy the bit needed off of amazon. My trick is to strip the screw head off to the point it's useless. It's not like you are swapping out electronics every year.
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Put it in a Navpod - Raymarine, 7", Navpod - low risk and better protected from the elements

Garmin 8612, different story. They seem to have very specific units they go after, unless it's a "head", and then all bets are off
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If you flush mount it, you can put a Helm Guardian Lock across it. Sort of like "The Club", but for boats.
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Put some lockable storage on the boat and hide the screen in there. Out of sight = out of mind.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
If they did everyone and their brother in the MDF theft business would just buy the bit needed off of amazon. My trick is to strip the screw head off to the point it's useless. It's not like you are swapping out electronics every year.
Yea, I strip all the heads of screws regardless ....yea for security.

Seriously I would just pick something up cheap which is not real popular. Maybe a Humminbird with a beat up cover or something. It really sucks you can't trust people.
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Thanks everyone for all the advice. I like changing the knobs on the bracket to bolts and strip the heads. It is a pretty secure lagoon, minimal theft and 24/7 security, we will see what happens. Iíll keep you posted, thanks!
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
Yea, I strip all the heads of screws regardless ....yea for security.

Seriously I would just pick something up cheap which is not real popular. Maybe a Humminbird with a beat up cover or something. It really sucks you can't trust people.
Well that's what happens naturally when you use Ryobi bits on everything
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Spray paint it orange.
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^ maybe melt my name into it also with a soldering gun. I worked at a place where peopleís radios were commonly stolen. Someone carved ďJesus, Moses and Allah all agree, stealing is WRONGĒ into their radio😄
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Was also going to say "paint it orange" but I see greater minds have already spoken.

Alternatively, sell your kids, then no need to get a Whaler with an MFD. Problem solved.
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Furuno's now have a passcode to get in them if you want. Major disincentive for theft since it cannot be unlocked without passcode.
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CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS HAVE PASSCODES. They get stolen on a daily basis..
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Originally Posted by mfeen1 View Post
CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS HAVE PASSCODES. They get stolen on a daily basis..
Well at least you have the pleasure of knowing they have a bricked device.

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