You may think that a boat on a mooring or in a marina, may be safe as houses, but it is amazing the amount of kit that you can have on a boat. Not that dissimilar to our sheds and garages at home, storing the £300.00 lawnmower, £150.00 Strimmer, The list does go on.
Take a look around your yacht and start coating up the bit and pieces on it. Outboard Motor £350.00, Anchor £60.00, Life Jackets, £70.00 a piece, and then there may be five of these. Flares, VHF and the list just keep mounting up. If your into boating, sailing it is true when they say, 'A boat is a tub in which you chuck loads of money into'.
In an ideal world you would be able to keep all these things safe as every one else would have worked as hard as you to save up for them and earned their own. but unfortunately the world is not like that. So we have to ensure that we keep our bits secure. Preferably, the best thing to do would be to ensure that all the belongings are stored securely under lock and key within the cabin, some parts like the outboard motor, liferaft etc may not be able to be stored in a locker in which case make sure they are secured to the boat, Padlocks are then the preferred choice, and perhaps Weather Proof Padlocks are the best choice, go for padlocks that have either a bronze shackle or a stainless steel shackle. Don't be a skinflint on your padlocks, make sure they are a reputable brand, make sure the shackle is secured on both sides and be prepared to spend at least £20.00 maybe more per padlock, any thing less than this and you will be hitting it open with a hammer in a weeks time as it have rusted up and failed with the salt water only looking at it. If you take a Liferaft costing a good £700.00 maybe more, then even £20.00 is a little on the poor side in relation.
Hatches are another key area that security needs to be administered, There are hundreds of different type of locking arrangements when it comes to hatches and most are only 16 or 18 mm thick if you are lucky. Hasps may be the only way you have of securing these hatches, perhaps the multi link hasp and staples may be the preferred choice, simply by having the dexterity of the joints allows the hasp and staple to cover a multitude of different locking possibilities. If you end up having a few padlocks on the yacht, perhaps it may be better and consider a the range of padlocks to be keyed alike, then at least it will be one key for the engine and one for the padlocks. Also, you would be more inclined to unlock the padlocks when you use the boat, like the padlock for the liferaft. Remember also that padlocks love to be used, lock and unlock them all the time, maintain them (NOT WD40) use a silicon based dry lubricant if you can.
Stay safe on the water and remember the slogan 'Useless, unless worn' If you have a boat you will know what I mean.
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Written by Darrel Walters
Head of the Technical Department @Locks_Online
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