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course not, so let’s ap­ply com­mon sense!”

All the cruis­ers we spoke to have de­vel­oped ro­bust sys­tems to se­cure their dinghy and out­board. “When ashore we al­ways lock the dinghy with an 8mm stain­less steel chain with a big lock welded to it, and the other end se­cured to a hard point in the dinghy. We had a dinghy stolen in St Martin. It was locked with a ca­ble, they just cut the ca­ble!” com­ments Bones.

Tereysa Van­der­loo has been cruis­ing the Caribbean and blog­ging on their Southerly 38 Ruby Rose (yachtruby­ She says: “Dinghy theft is un­for­tu­nately rel­a­tively com­mon in some parts of the Caribbean. We work on the premise that thieves will tar­get the dinghy that looks eas­i­est to steal; there­fore, we en­deav­our to make sure ours looks more dif­fi­cult to steal than oth­ers in the vicin­ity.”

Car­mody says: “Our yacht in­sur­ance re­quires the out­board to be at­tached to the dinghy with a spe­cific out­board lock in or­der to be cov­ered by the pol­icy. The locks of course are very ex­pen­sive and do not pre­clude the dinghy as well as the out­board be­ing stolen!

“Pad­dles also go miss­ing and I’ve seen holes drilled in the blades so that they too can be se­cured with wire rope.”

She adds: “The bane of our lives has been our bi­cy­cles. In the last three years both bikes have been stolen as well as var­i­ous parts. It al­ways hap­pens when we leave them ashore locked up on the dock or close by, so it’s a land­based is­sue.”

Keep­ing in­trud­ers out

The ten­der can of­ten be used to make your yacht less ac­ces­si­ble – to both hu­mans and wildlife. David Bat­ten, who sailed his 56ft cus­tom cruiser Al­cedo of Ryme from the Caribbean to New Zealand, says: “Ev­ery night we put the dinghy away. This has the dou­ble ad­van­tage that if we have to move in the night there is no dinghy to com­pli­cate things and While cau­tion is wise, many sailors we spoke to felt that mak­ing your­self known to lo­cals and fish­er­men can make you less of a tar­get.

Suzy Car­mody says: “In­done­sia has a bad rep­u­ta­tion for piracy but we spent four months cruis­ing through the en­tire ar­chi­pel­ago and only met friendly lo­cals and cu­ri­ous fish­er­men. Usu­ally we give them a fish­ing lure or a cou­ple of cig­a­rettes to keep good re­la­tions with the neigh­bours.”

Bones Black adds: “Some of the lo­cal boat boys can be pushy and quite in­tim­i­dat­ing. I make sure they come along­side for­ward of the cock­pit so they can­not case the joint. I also strike up a bit of rap­port with them: ‘What’s your name? I like your boat, my name is Bones etc.’

“If it’s just the two of us I may well go to the com­pan­ion­way and shout down “John, Sally, Dave, Harry, do you want any fruit or veg?” just to make them think there are more peo­ple on board.” whilst in the Gala­pa­gos we were not in­vaded by the sea lions!”

Bones Black adds: “Most board­ings oc­cur at night via the board­ing lad­der or over the su­gar scoop at the tran­som. Cata­ma­rans can be more vul­ner­a­ble. A mono­hull can pull the dinghy up on davits to block the tran­som mak­ing it al­most im­pos­si­ble to get aboard that way.

“We al­ways pull the board­ing lad­der up and hoist the dinghy but we have quite a high free­board so it is very hard to get aboard from the wa­ter, but not im­pos­si­ble for the per­sis­tent.”

Op­tions to de­ter in­trud­ers in­clude se­cu­rity grilles and mo­tion-sen­sor alarms. Stu­art

Let­ton on Time Ban­dit uses both. “Maybe to some eyes [I’m] a bit para­noid but then I do get good qual­ity sleep. On re­tir­ing we al­ways lock our­selves in with our stain­less steel barred gate. This gate is one of the most use­ful things we’ve bought al­low­ing us to leave the boat locked and ven­ti­lated 24/7.

“In some ar­eas, Caribbean an­chor­ages for ex­am­ple, I will mount our £20 B&Q in­fra-red alarm. This shrieks when a body comes in range. I have two.

“One is mounted in a poly bag in the cock­pit, which would hope­fully pick up move­ment be­fore any­one gets aboard. The sec­ond is in the cabin look­ing out into the cock­pit. I will of­ten use this when leav­ing the boat for a few min­utes rather than putting the hatch in. It’s a shame a marine elec­tron­ics com­pany doesn’t sell a marinised ver­sion at a rea­son­able price.”

Other sim­ple pre­cau­tions in­clude leav­ing the stereo on, to­gether with LED lights in the cock­pit and sa­loon if the yacht is unat­tended.

One cruiser adds: “We also have a hid­den safe dis­guised as a stan­dard pantry item (com­plete with au­then­tic la­bel) that holds our credit cards. We also have a false bot­tom in one of our lock­ers un­der which is a sec­ond locker, where we keep im­por­tant doc­u­ments.”

Yachts with a high free­board, such as this Bow­man 57, can be rel­a­tively chal­leng­ing to board from the wa­ter when swim lad­ders are lifted and the dinghy is up on davits

Bi­cy­cle theft on shore is fairly com­mon, but rarer from on board. The Car­modys lock their bi­cy­cles to the aft deck when not on pas­sage

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