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Old 04-23-2013, 06:12 AM   #21
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Securing a dinghy at a public wharf

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The Trimax cable looks as though it could be useful: I will see if it is available here in Australia. Thanks.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:16 AM   #22
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Appreciate your cabin door lock-guard idea, though I might try to use those screws which require a special key to unscrew.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:23 AM   #23
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You're a real gentleman and altruist.....there are not many of us left!!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:10 AM   #24
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The key at any private or public dock is a LOOONG dink painter.


Rope or wire rope is fine bit 20 ft is about a minimum , so other boaters can access the dock.

Chain the boat short so every other boater has to climb over your boat to reach the dock is very hazardous to thin rubber tubing.

If your boat is stolen there is a chance of recovery , if it is sunk dockside , recovery is the least of your problems.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #25
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I use two coated SS cables one about 8' long the other 15' an eye on each end. The long one to secure the dinghy to the dock or whaever, the short one to secure the engine, gas tank, ice chest, etc. to the dinghy. A determined, well equipped, thief will surely take any or all of it, but the spur of the moment guy who is only carrying a pocket knife, or less, may be deterred. I bought a pack of 4 "keyed alike" padlocks keep em well lubed when they rust out they go.
+1 again.

The plastic coated stainless cable made for sailboat guard rails is the norm around here - easier on the hands and on inflatable tubes. I also use an outboard motor locking bar that encloses the clamp handles. Squirting white lithium spray grease into the keyholes of padlocks pays dividends down the road too.
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Appreciate your cabin door lock-guard idea, though I might try to use those screws which require a special key to unscrew.
The screws (bolts actually) go into the door and have nuts and washers on them. But their purpose was really just to hold the plate in place while the 5200 I covered the whole back surface with cured.

Of course, someone with a prybar could rip the thing off along with the wood it is mounted on. So I don't pretend it's a deterrent to someone who really wants into our boat. But remembering back to my own childhood, it's likely to be enough to send the casual thief-of-opportunity on to an easier boat.
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