Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore


Just as an extra tiny obstacle in the path of the bad guys, I always take the kill switch clip with me when I leave the dinghy at the dock.  Somebody could always tow it away, but it's all about making your dinghy a bit harder to take or less interesting than the one next to it.

There are all kinds of creative things you can do to make an outboard un-friendly to a stranger.  Something like reversing the fuel hose.  Unlikely to ever be noticed by someone trying to make a quick getaway, but the engine will only run for a few minutes on the fuel in the carb, then stop and not restart.

We use a cable lock, mostly because the attachment to the hull is the weak point and don't really expect chain would add a lot to a deterrent.  The cable lock we use is from Seattle Sports, sold as a kayak lock.  It is long and adjustable with an integrated lock.  So far, at least, it has been holding up in the salt water--always tough for any lock.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass

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