When you hear the phrase ‘boat safety,’ chances are you’re thinking about making sure your boat has no leaks or storm damage, is ocean safe and well maintained. Or you may consider the skills necessary to operate your water craft. But today, boat safety also refers to the secure storage of your vessel, and the use of marine security systems to keep your property from being damaged or stolen.
Let’s start with a look at boat storage. For those of you who store your vessel away from the water, boats should be placed in a locked garage or boat storage facility that is also securely locked. If you keep your boat on a trailer, always utilize a trailer hitch lock. And, be sure to park your boat off the street, in a location that makes it difficult to steal. Another good idea: place an item such as cinder blocks or other equipment behind the trailer so that there is an obstacle for any thief attempting to hook your trailer up to their own vehicle. You can also remove some of your trailer’s tires, to further slow a thief. A sturdy security chain and locking system can also be used to attach your boat to an permanent object – tree, dock or garage. Continue reading Boat Safety: Storage and Marine Security Installation
Not all Marine Security Systems are made alike. Some of them are actually designed for home or office use, and not adapted to successfully handle the often harsh marine environment. When you choose a boat security system, you’ll want to be sure that the system you select truly functions in a marine environment.
First of all, make sure your system’s alarm controls are contained in water resistant NMEAIII enclosing devices. Check to be certain that the electronics themselves feature an epoxy sealant over their components. And when it comes to sensors, home oriented devices just won’t do. A boat’s simple rocking against a dock or anchor can set off a false alarm. Even wind and waves can trigger a false alarm. Motion detectors for marine systems must utilize hidden pressure devices that are placed under decks, near door ways or under ladders to successfully alert you should a potential intruder get on your water craft. Motion detectors installed in an interior cabin should be dual technological devices that are triggered only when two motion violations occur to prevent false alarms. And besides hidden pressure sensors on decks, you’ll want your system to utilize marine standard contact sensors on doors, hatches, and lockers to restrict entry in certain areas. Continue reading Marine Security – Keep it Ship Shape