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Preventing Theft of Marine Electronics
|Author||Topic: Preventing Theft of Marine Electronics|
posted 03-02-2008 10:49 PM ET (US)
Hi all. I got my chart plotter hooked and connected correctly to my VHF radio. Took the boat out this morning and everything seems to be working correctly. Overall very happy with the installation and functionality of the unit. Thanks for everyone that responded to my previous emails.
[What is] a good way of protecting [electronics] from the bad guys? The way that my windshield is tilted makes removing the plug on the rear of the unit kind of a pain. I would like to come up with some way of securing the unit from being stolen.
posted 03-03-2008 08:29 AM ET (US)
if you cant park it in the garage than set up a motion sensor lite to shine on the boat,,or build a locking cover that covers the whole dash area,,
posted 03-03-2008 01:42 PM ET (US)
I've seen locking knobs sold at places like Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas. They replace the normal threaded mounting knobs that hold the instrument to the bracket. They may stop the casual thief, but would probably not be much of a deterrent to a motivated pro.
posted 03-03-2008 06:55 PM ET (US)
Andy: doing a search on locking knob and GPS lock at both
Cabella's and Bass Pro came up empty. So did a flip through
the Cabella's paper catalog. Could you post a part number?
I do agree that these won't stop a pro, but I'd leave the
posted 03-03-2008 07:46 PM ET (US)
posted 03-03-2008 07:48 PM ET (US)
Or, more specifically:
Anything Cabela's sells is probably made in China.
posted 03-03-2008 08:27 PM ET (US)
I don't know of any good electrical techniques for preventing the theft of marine electronics. The best methods of preventing theft of marine electronics are more mechanical and social than electrical.
posted 03-05-2008 01:00 AM ET (US)
Most people would not like this idea but I secured mine with one way screws (like you see in bathroom stalls) and loctite. It is really more of a deterent than a solution as they could easily take sheet metal cutters to the mounts but it will deter most casual theft and make it harder on the thief.
posted 03-10-2008 08:10 AM ET (US)
A console cover, while no deterrent to theft, will at least keep your electronics out of sight from casual viewers. If they don't see the electronics they won't be tempted to steal them. I suspect a cover would be as effective as a locking knob which can probably be defeated by a large pair of channel lock pliers.
There is probably not much of an effective deterrent to professional thieves. If you make it very difficult you're liable to find that a lot of damage was done to your boat to remove your electronics.
posted 03-10-2008 09:27 AM ET (US)
Andrew, why not re-mount the unit so there is enough clearance to easily remove the plug on the back of your Garmin 498? that's what I did on my Montauk. I never left the unit on the boat as it is nice and compact and easy to carry to and from the boat.
Now I have a new 200 Dauntless with a much more expensive display. I did two things: first, I bracket mounted the display so I can remove it, even though it doesn't look as good as a flush mount. Second, a Sunbrella helm cover so I can leave the unit mounted when I think the risk is lower.
posted 03-10-2008 10:38 AM ET (US)
Take it with you. Even though my boat sits in indoor rack storage and I'm usually around to watch it get taken in the building I always remove the GPS/FF and mic.
posted 03-10-2008 11:34 PM ET (US)
I always remove mine, too.
I used to have a boat with a center console and I had a canvas cover for it. There were a few times when I leftit on the boat but covered the console with canvas. Never had a problem.
I mounted by locator/GPS on a pivoting mount. The mounts makes it possible to turn the unit to easily remove/attach wires.
posted 03-11-2008 06:59 PM ET (US)
Get use to the pain, remove your electronics, keeps them safe and out of the weather. If you have some type of marine lock the thief will still try to remove it then damage your unit, its not worth it, remove them...good luck
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