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CaptRobear
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Dinghy locking poll /theft reports
      #1735249 - 06/12/17 10:57 PM (71.15.41.45)

I saw some posts on this forum a while back on whether or not to lock dinghy, outboard and gas tank and various people's experience and suggestions in this regard. On our two prior BVI BB charters over the past 3 years in June we never locked the dinghy and had no problems, and never had a sense of concern, but I guess that changes if you experience a theft. We are headed down at the end of the week for a Moorings BB power cat charter and I was wondering if anyone had any CURRENT experiences, theft reports, thoughts or suggestions about the need to use a cable and lock to secure dinghy, outboard and tank either at the boat over night or at the dinghy dock while ashore. Do you lock your dinghy?

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warren460
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: CaptRobear]
      #1735251 - 06/13/17 03:37 AM (174.115.232.136)

Lock it 99% of the time by day and up on davits at night.

It's not worth the risk.

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Kirk
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: warren460]
      #1735257 - 06/13/17 08:04 AM (68.167.192.130)

I lock it ashore and also lock it to the boat at night if it's a mono and has no davits. It's not a pain so why worry about the pain it would be if somebody "borrows" it?

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maytrix
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: Kirk]
      #1735263 - 06/13/17 08:37 AM (76.19.126.165)

There's really no reason not to lock it. We lock it ashore and lock it to the boat at night.

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MrEZgoin
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: maytrix]
      #1735276 - 06/13/17 09:24 AM (50.135.102.202)

Haven't locked the dinghy in 12 trips to the BVI. Never had one go missing.

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Calvin
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: maytrix]
      #1735277 - 06/13/17 09:26 AM (73.146.142.126)

We chartered a Moorings 474 PC from the 5th to the 17th of May. During the boat check-out, I asked about a lock for the dingy. I was told "no, just take the little plastic clip on the coiled wire with you". I left it at that and that is what I did. My biggest concern was the Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay. No problems at all. Secretly I thought, it would have been a good thing if someone stole that dingy with that awful junk motor! Not really, because we experienced a dingy theft about 12 years ago and that was a big hassle! Incidentally, it was impossible to lock the boat! It would lock, but the lock could be easily defeated by sharply lifting up and sliding left at the same time. If you must lock things up, bring your own cable locks. One for the dingy and one for the boat. I'll say it again, we had no problems.

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rita_irvine
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: Calvin]
      #1735291 - 06/13/17 10:27 AM (50.135.93.22)

In the early trips we never locked the dinghy but things change and you need to use common sense. BVIYC always provides a long cable and lock for the dinghy. We use our judgement as to locking ashore. If we are close by in daylight hours usually not, but if we go to dinner somewhere at night where we do not have eyes on the dock ( Cane Garden etc.) we will lock the dinghy. We always lock it at night to the boat. Just don't want the hassle of losing it.

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Maria_and_Steve
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: rita_irvine]
      #1735311 - 06/13/17 02:12 PM (94.74.228.156)

The expression in the Caribbean for cruisers is "Lock it or lose it".

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TIMRIM
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: Maria_and_Steve]
      #1735314 - 06/13/17 02:40 PM (209.95.50.213)

14 years here, never locked a dinghy, always took the "red,orange coiled thingy", never had an issue. A moorings captain told me, just be sure to bring one home.

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philthepilot
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Re: Dinghy locking poll /theft reports [Re: Maria_and_Steve]
      #1735315 - 06/13/17 02:42 PM (75.98.103.44)

We always lock it to the boat at night and to the dock if we go ashore. I also put a cable and lock on the outboard to the boat. Back about 10 years ago we was about to pull out of a slip in Nanny Cay. As we waited for a boat to go by I noticed they didn't have a motor on their dinghy. When they passed I could see their outboard hanging about two feet under the water by their lock and cable. So, from then on I always locked my motor to the dinghy too.

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