Boat theft prevention

#1
hey all,
been thinking about getting a new raft/frame and trailer. But I'm concerned about theft, as it would have to be kept outside at my cabin in the Cle Elum area, and we're not there all the time.

There's a gate and split rail fence, but that could be dealt with if someone wanted in badly enough.

What can be done to:
1) stop the trailer from being stolen?
2) stop the boat from being stolen from atop the trailer?

Thoughts?

thx,
bk
 

Calvin1

Active Member
#2
I bought a trailer lock at the local Schucks. It's a ball which fits into the trailer and then locks down on it. I have a drift boat, so I don't have to worry about anyone taking the boat off of the trailer.

I would imagine any auto parts store will have several varieties of trailer locks.
 
#4
I would definitely get the following:

1) Wheel Lock for the trailer
2) ball lock for the tongue
3) chain and lock for the raft, loop it through the tire or around the axle.
4) Insurance!
 
#5
Be careful with those ball hitch locks. All you have to do is remove 2 bolts that connect the hitch to the tongue and replace with another one and see ya later. My buddy had 2 brand new personal watercraft on a trailer in a locked underground garage and within a few days, it was gone. It was pretty obvious what they did....just swapped out the hitch part. Probably took a few minutes tops. If you do a wheel, get a locking nut for that wheel as well. The bottom line is if someone really wants it, they are going to get it, especially if they know you aren't there all the time.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#6
bkfish said:
hey all,
been thinking about getting a new raft/frame and trailer. But I'm concerned about theft, as it would have to be kept outside at my cabin in the Cle Elum area, and we're not there all the time.

There's a gate and split rail fence, but that could be dealt with if someone wanted in badly enough.

What can be done to:
1) stop the trailer from being stolen?
2) stop the boat from being stolen from atop the trailer?

Thoughts?

thx,
bk
I met someone who buried a 5 gallon bucket in the ground, filled it with concrete, placed a u-bolt in the top of the concrete. He backfilled the bucket after the concrete set, so just the u-bolt was exposed. He added either a cable or a chain, I don't recall which, to the U-bolt and connected the chain/cable to his trailer.
 

shawn k

Active Member
#7
buy a modular raft frame such as nrs and store it inside your cabin, and deflate your raft and roll it up. my raft is rolled up in a gear bag.
 

gt

Active Member
#9
the more locks you have on, the more likely your trailer will be passed up. so start with the ball lock. add a krypotnite cable going through your slotted wheel, over the spring/frame and axle and back.

taking the wheel off will get them no where. now if they are able to lift your trailer up and get off with it, well you probably didn't want to meet those folks anyway.

a determined thief is going to get what they want no matter what you do, the idea is to make your stuff more difficult than the next guys.
 
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ErieSteelhead

Guest
#11
Surround it with trip wire rigged up to 15 - 20 quarter sticks of dynamite set to go off every 1/2 second. Your boat will not get stolen. Put your garbage cans next to your boat. Those 350 pound cle-elum raccoons will leave your trash alone as well.:thumb: