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Old 03-19-2019, 08:37 AM   #1
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Security while at anchor

My wife and I are currently cruising in the Bahamas, the Exumas to be exact. The boat is a 62’ Offshore powerboat. Last night we anchored and my wife left the back sliding doors open as well as both pilot house doors. She pulled the screen doors shut to keep any bugs out. This also minimizes the need to run the air conditioners in the pilot house and salon. I like to give them a break.

As always I turn on the underwater lights, the arch lights and of course the anchor light. I worry about getting hit by one of the guys racing around in a skiff. I feel being lit up may catch someone’s attention more than just a single white anchor light.

As I lay in bed (master stateroom is located midship below decks) I began pondering the thought of leaving all of the doors open and visible to anyone who wanted to board the boat and be up to no good whilst we were sleeping.

While I favor secluded anchorages I do sleep a little better knowing there are other boats around. Creating a commotion in the event of an intruder would be more likely to scare someone away in the middle of a crowded when compared to a secluded one.

I realize there is no easy answer to both of the items I have presented. I wanted to open the topic to hear your experiences and thoughts.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:54 AM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. F. NO experience with the scenarios you're presenting but have you ever considered a dog? Needn't be particularly large, just noisy.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:07 AM   #3
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I love the idea of a dog. My Chihuahua is too old and cranky to turn into a boat dog and my Cocapoo still isn’t completely house broken at 6years old. Also, she isn’t the most savvy animal. I would worry about her on a boat. We say she is a lover, not a thinker. Also, we live in California and the boat is currently in the Bahamas. The logistics of flying with dogs can be a challenge. Lastly, as empty nesters we don’t want to be tied down by adding another dog to the zoo.

But you’re right, a dog would be the perfect solution!
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How about a motion sensitive warning that sounds like a dog? .... or lights, or both?

What's available out there? I think of the same issues sometime, but aren't as secluded as Freespool.
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We had (tried) motion activated lights and had too many false positives. We couldn’t narrow the beam enough and still be effective. Water or birds would trip the sensor.

We’ve met a few cruisers that have a panic button next to the bed tied to a siren. It would wake the dead and everyone else in the anchorage.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:20 PM   #6
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Call me a sissy but I lock my boat doors at night even here at our marina in FL. I will leave windows and hatches (all with screens) opened if I'm not running AC. If someone wants to enter through a screened window or hatch our Chihuahua will hear it and go into Rottweiler mode. I do the same anchored out. The sound of the barking and the inimitable sound of racking a shotgun will drive most intruders away (I hope).
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:28 PM   #7
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"and the inimitable sound of racking a shotgun will drive most intruders away (I hope)."


That sentence scared me and I'm all the way across the country.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:15 PM   #8
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Our black Lab, Radar, has excellent hearing even when alseep, he can be upstairs sleeping in our bed and all I have to do is pick up a bag of chips and he is downstairs in 2 seconds. So as long as the intruders sound like a bag of chips, he will notify us immediately.
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Didn't Joshua Slocum sprinkle tacks on the deck of his boat? If I remember correctly that trick worked very well for him!

(I know, no help... )
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As long as the intruders come aboard barefooted.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:49 PM   #11
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Is there a pressure activated "door mat" type product that could be tied to a siren/lights, etc...?

Place one at each entry point. Something requiring 30 or 40+ pounds to activate...?

Something like this...?

https://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Securit.../dp/B00GUNX7WY
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Our black Lab, Radar, has excellent hearing even when alseep, he can be upstairs sleeping in our bed and all I have to do is pick up a bag of chips and he is downstairs in 2 seconds. So as long as the intruders sound like a bag of chips, he will notify us immediately.
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Greetings,
Mr. F. Set up an electric cattle fence along your railings...


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Forget about peeing over the side.
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Never a concern for me.

My wife snores like a large dog barking!
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Our black Lab, Radar, has excellent hearing even when alseep, he can be upstairs sleeping in our bed and all I have to do is pick up a bag of chips and he is downstairs in 2 seconds. So as long as the intruders sound like a bag of chips, he will notify us immediately.

Here's an easy solution. Put a bag of chips under the door mats.
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Seevee,

That’s an interesting concept a device that sounds like a dog. No feeding, no travel hassles and no potty a accidents.
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Before we go cruising, I plan to add a beam breaking type unit across the swim platform. They make boat specific versions. I also am going to put a wildlife camera inside the main salon aimed at the door so it goes off before someone gets in. Lucky for us, unless someone comes in the v-berhnhatch, there is really only one way in and out and that is through the cockpit door.
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