Question: Preventing Outboard Theft?

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by whiskers77, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    Hey Brothers, I just recently bought a 5hp outboard for my fiberglass gamefisher. What I'd like to do is secure my outboard to my boat with a saftey chain or cable, also I'd like to be able to lock the saftey chain somehow to help prevent someone from stealing my outboard from my boat. Does anybody have any suggestions or pics of your rigs to prevent theft plus keeping the outboard from falling in the water? Thanks in advance!

    Brandon
     
  2. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    What type of boat do you have it on and does the transom have those braces running from the floor up to the transom. I use a good cable bycycle lock to secure mine. The cable is harder to cut then chain and they also come with a plastic cover on them and shuts down the rattle
     

  3. Catter

    Catter New Member

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    If your outboard has the little handles that you use to tighten it down on the transom you could position them so the holes are close together then run a lock thru them.

    Joe
     
  4. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    It's a 1985 Sears Gamerfisher 12' fiberglass jon boat. It doesn't have the metal brackets on the transom that you are reffering to. It does have a metal strip on top of the transom for the motor to rest on and it has a large eyelid bolted through the transom that I could use a bike cable like you suggested though. Although someone could easily unscrew the the bolt (eyelid) and make off with my motor and lock but it is still a lot better than nothing at all. Thanks for the cable lock suggestion!

    Brandon
     
  5. on_the_fly

    on_the_fly New Member

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    They sell a lock bar that incloses the tighteners down. it clamps down over and under and is secured with a pad-lock on one end. you should be able to pick one up at any boat dealer for around 20 to 40 bucks. I just think this these are a cleaner look and just as safe as an eye sore chain. KEEP IT NEET for this is your rig.
     
  6. metalfisher

    metalfisher New Member

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    The bar lock is the way to go. It slides over the levers used to secure the motor.

    Robert
     
  7. SeedTick

    SeedTick New Member

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    Hey Brandon, Here's what I've got on mine. It will slow them down a little.

    ST

    http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=37904&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults
     
  8. Jesse168

    Jesse168 Member

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    Greg has the right locking system !! Regular chain and lock can be cut so easy it's like taking candy from a baby. Bolt cutters are sold just about everywhere locks are sold. Bolt cutters will cut through locks, chains, and cables in just seconds.

    Make sure your insurance company lists your boat & motor on your insurance policy other wise they may not cover it if it's stolen. Most insurance companies don't cover sporting goods unless listed. Some do cover a small amout. My insurance will cover up to $2,000 above that it has to be listed to be covered. It's something like $12 per thousand dollars of coverage.

    Jesse
     
  9. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I Was Beaten To The Punch, The Locking Bar System Is The Way To Go. They Are So Popular Here, They Are Sold @ Lowe's & Home Desperate.

    Don't Procrastinate GET ONE NOW !!!:eek:oooh:
     
  10. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    We use a lock called a Sher Lock. I locks your clamp handles. Also has the advantage of your clamps not coming loose.
    Bill
     
  11. craigr

    craigr New Member

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    On my 16' flat bottom w/40hp Merc, I put a spot weld on the nut to the bolt that holds the motor on. (Not the clamps).

    I figured that I was going to be the only one to remove the motor & I have a torch to cut it with. - I live in a pretty rough area, so I wasn't taking any chances.

    craigr
     
  12. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the advice, sounds like the lock bar is the way to go. I'm going to make sure I get one right away. I've heard some horror stories about people having their outboards stolen and how quickly they can dissapear. I just wanted to hear what everyone else felt was the best way to prevent this or slow them down atleast. Thanks again!

    Brandon
     
  13. SeedTick

    SeedTick New Member

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    Craigr, you are a man after my own heart. I don't know how many times I have spot welded something to keep it where I wanted. It works a lot better than locktite. I also bet there have been some folks bad mouth me after working behind me.:big_smile:

    st
     
  14. Matt Smith

    Matt Smith New Member

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    I've seen boats with the transom sawzalled off just so the thieves could steal the motor.
     
  15. mlohre

    mlohre New Member

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    the best provention is to remove it and lock it up. if they wont it it will go with them.