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Old 01-20-2014, 07:46 AM   #21
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My boat is the floater for my key. It never comes out of the switch unless the boat is on the hard.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:43 AM   #22
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I have a floating key holder that my marina gives out. It's shaped pretty much like a hot dog but shorter and fatter, it's soft plastic and comes apart. The air inside is supposed to float your keys.

I've never tested it, but around here, you only have a couple seconds before the current carries anything out of reach.

The brass chain that holds the keys corroded and failed.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:42 AM   #23
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My boat is the floater for my key. It never comes out of the switch unless the boat is on the hard.
Pardon me for saying so, but isn't that the ONLY time your boat is safe from theft?
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Mr. Tom. "...ONLY time your boat is safe from theft?" I often think about just that. Hmmmm......Theft @ 7 knots.....


All good suggestions for floatation but what about a couple spare sets of keys?
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:06 PM   #25
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Pardon me for saying so, but isn't that the ONLY time your boat is safe from theft?
Mine would be the last one someone would steal.....they would then have to make a "crawl" for it to get away.

Besides, anyone could steal a Ford Lehman powered diesel in about 2 minutes simply by jumping battery to starter.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:28 PM   #26
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All good suggestions for floatation but what about a couple spare sets of keys?
Well hidden somewhere in the guts of my boat ... can't remember where ...
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Mr. RW. I know! I know! Hidden in the "safe place" with my oak wedges and my SS staples.......I hear ya.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:10 PM   #28
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Of the hundreds of boats/yachts I've worked on in the Northeast...the joke usually was...the more expensive the boat, the closer a hidden (cough, cough) set of keys was to the door.

Most boats can be started without a set of keys in seconds.....usually it's harder to get in the boat than get it underway.
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Besides, anyone could steal a Ford Lehman powered diesel in about 2 minutes simply by jumping battery to starter.
Oh yea... well... there is that.

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:50 PM   #30
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Never take boat, or any keys, out of your pocket unless on land or boat. I once had my car keys in hand while entering an elevator, while juggling a heap of files.
Recovering keys which fall in the gap between the open elevator door and the floor required an elevator mechanic callout, at my cost. Dropped boat keys with a failed float could be even worse, especially as my ancient saloon entry door key has to be handcut.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:43 PM   #31
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I suspect trawlers are low on the list of the most often stolen boats. Still, if it is your boat, it's a problem.

Personal safety is probably more important. When my wife and I sleep on the boat (at a marina or at anchor), she always makes sure the door is locked. To prevent a lost key from becoming a huge problem (locked out at anchor somewhere), I have a well hidden spare cabin key.
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When my wife and I sleep on the boat (at a marina or at anchor), she always makes sure the door is locked.
We do too... now. We were robbed while we slept while tied up to the Wilmington town docks on New Years Eve in 2011. However, we make sure the locks are easy to disable in an emergency.
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We do too... now. We were robbed while we slept while tied up to the Wilmington town docks on New Years Eve in 2011. However, we make sure the locks are easy to disable in an emergency.
That's scary, we've been there. We often stay at similar docks because we can walk around the city and enjoy the local sights and businesses. Often in a marina you're stuck there with little to do.

I could go on and on about the ineffectiveness of the criminal justice system but it would do no good.
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My wife reminds me to remove the "ignition" key (not really, it's a diesel) from the flybridge when we're anchored or at a dock or marina. True, someone who knows what they are doing could start the engine with a jumper, but if we are on board, I could stop it from the lower helm.
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I don't know. Do know that each boatyard adds another float.

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