10 Tips to protect your boat from theft

Sadly the incidents of theft are on the increase but there are some simple measures you can take to help protect you boat and its contents.

  1. Always keep an inventory of your boats contents up to date as this will help you ascertain exactly what has gone missing in the event of a theft.
  2. Install secure storage. This will enable you to store any valuable equipment in secure lockable compartments whenever you leave your boat unattended.
  3. Install an alarm. Also include a tracking device in case the boat is stolen and ensure an anti-theft device is fitted to your outboard motor.
  4. Use a lockable fuel cap to prevent theft of valuable fuel. Fix a deadbolt type lock to prevent entry to your vessels cabin.
  5. Secure your boat for any stop when on a trailer with a wheel clamp. Always secure your dinghy to the primary boat using a chain or cable with a padlock.
  6. Choose a marina with full time security and good lighting.
  7. Never store personal possessions or fishing equipment, always remove them from the boat when not in use.
  8. When storing your boat at home avoid leaving it visible and accessible from the road or street.
  9. Do not leave registration or documentation on the boat when not in use and if leaving your boat unattended for an extended period ask someone to check on it regularly.
  10. Ensure that you boat insurance provided adequate protection against theft.