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Old 05-29-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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Do you stash a key?

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With the boatnamny alarm system if an alarm goes off it sends me a text message and I can call for a status report 2000 miles away.
There is a million dollar broker boat sitting here at the marina with a key hidden in plain view.

Do you leave a key with someone?
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:20 AM   #2
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I leave a key hidden on board. In an emergency I can tell someone where it is.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:26 AM   #3
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I should hide a key. Nothing worse than driving out to the boat to discover you left the keys on the counter at home.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:25 AM   #4
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Always. Too many things can go wrong while I am away. My service people or marina staff can deal with problems if I tell them where the key is located.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:40 AM   #5
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In my next life, I will have everything on my Driver's license, (because that is the one item I need to always have in my pocket) and activation will be by indirect proximity. Gate passes at Yacht Club entrances, charge card machines, my house front door, my boat, my cars.

Until then, I have to use keys.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:56 AM   #6
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In my next life, I will have everything on my Driver's license, (because that is the one item I need to always have in my pocket) and activation will be by indirect proximity. Gate passes at Yacht Club entrances, charge card machines, my house front door, my boat, my cars.

Until then, I have to use keys.
All will be on your implanted chip.
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Old 05-29-2016, 12:02 PM   #7
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Always. Too many things can go wrong while I am away. My service people or marina staff can deal with problems if I tell them where the key is located.
Our marina at home has a key box that security can access. Everyone there has a key inside. Now, there are still alarms but in the case of an emergency you don't worry about alarms. If anything you want them. We can disable them remotely.

At a remote marina while we might not be on the boat, we are always reasonably close. However, we still have a key available on board. The only issue is we must disable security for one to get to the key, but we can do that instantly from wherever we are.
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I leave a key hidden on board. In an emergency I can tell someone where it is.
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The locks are to keep the honest people honest. Haven't seen a private boat that a determined professional couldn't get into fairly quickly.

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Old 05-29-2016, 12:36 PM   #9
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We don't lock the boat and the key is hanging on the key rack. We figure if they want to get in they will, but much rather they did no damage trying. Besides what are they going to take, our out dated electronics. Also it they know enough about the battery switch and sea cocks they probably know how to jump start the engines. Also why would they want to break into a old ugly trawler when there are newer fancy boats around.
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The locks are to keep the honest people honest. Haven't seen a private boat that a determined professional couldn't get into fairly quickly.



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Heck an unimaginative moderately motivated rank amateur could gain entry in a few seconds. Boat locks don't even slow down a pro. Since having been on the receiving end of a marina burglary several decades ago with a securely locked houseboat I'm in the don't lock anything category. Damage a tweaker will do to access an empty locker is beyond belief.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:03 PM   #11
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Only when travelling. At home, if someone gets that close to the boat they have bigger issues to deal with.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:30 PM   #12
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We have yet to lock our boat.
Heck the engine keys stay in the ignition.
It's a very close knit community at the marina which is in a gated subdivision and there are enough liveaboards there that nobody is going to mess with anybody's boat that shouldn't be messing with it.
Everybody that lives there knows they are welcome to help themselves to whatever they might need that we might have.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:41 PM   #13
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All the proceeding posts are from boats based in North America. Do not come to the Eastern Caribbean without locking everything. Dinghy thefts are common, break ins to the boat itself occur from time to time especially on unlocked boats.

In the Eastern Caribbean you are not trying to stop the professional, just trying to encourage the druggie to not steal from you.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:55 PM   #14
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Usually yes.

Having nothing to do w security. It's to protect me from myself. Once in awhile I will forget my key and I sometimes need or want to let someone get aboard. But mostly so I have access to my own boat after traveling 35 miles from home.
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:01 PM   #15
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I always left my keys on the boat. I 'hid them' out of sight, but they'd be really easy to find. I always kinda hoped someone would steal it... No such luck.
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:35 PM   #16
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Always lock, but keep the key on my car key chain. If I can drive to the boat, I have the key.

Also the adjacent boatyard has a key for when I'm far away.
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:46 PM   #17
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No keys for locks and engine and gen keys in the start. After 20 odd years up and down the Australian East Coast have never had anything stolen but have had people come on board and leave stuff for me with a cover note.
I suppose it depends on where you live and cruise.
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In the same vein, key for the lock one uses on the dinghy. I always carry two. One on a float that is just for the dinghy lock, the second on a second float which also has my boat key. Off the boat I never use the float with both the dinghy and boat key.

At least once or twice a year I help out some boater who has lost his dinghy key and we must either go back to his or her boat to get a spare or cut the lock or cable.

Spare keys are cheap.
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Old 05-29-2016, 05:47 PM   #19
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I keep a key hidden on the aft deck and the wing doors locked. You can still get on via the swim platform and transom door. As said earlier it keeps the light weights off. I used to keep a spare on my car ring until dropped them overboard unlooking the wing door. BMW keys are not cheap.
My center console which is docked right next to the big one, that ignition key is safely hidden 4 ft from the console. Look and yee shall find.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:41 AM   #20
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We use a brass marine combination pad lock.

Downside is light is required to set the combo.

On our dink we use a key lock , as well as Edson oar security device to keep the oars aboard.

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/product...n-oar-loc.html
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