Ideal Ways to Keep Your Boat Safe and Secure in Winter Storage | Boat Alert Blog®
Ideal Ways to Keep Your Boat Safe and Secure in Winter
Winter is starting and soon many owners of recreational boats will put their boats in storage to await next year’s season. As the vessels
remain unattended for a few months during winter, they can easily become a target for thieves. Will your boat be on the stolen boat list
in the boat-alert database one day? Here are five things that may lure a thief as well as a bunch of simple things you can do to thwart
them as suggested by the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
Boat Electronics and Gear
Keeping electronics inside the boat still attached over the winter season is essentially a sign that says “Hi thief come take me.” Take
home any electronics that can be removed easily. For on Board panels and installed electronics, take pictures and record model and
serial numbers in case you need to file an insurance claim (or report the theft incident to police). Since this type of theft is the most
common during winter storage, you should check with your insurance company if they have lower deductibles on claims made for
Watersports and Fishing gear, life jackets and other equipment typically are stolen with such boat electronics. Take them home, too,
along with the boat’s registration. The title should never be stored aboard.
Your boat will certainly make a crook’s target list if you have a PWC or an outboard-powered boat that is less than 26 feet and stored on
a trailer – the most common types of vessels stolen. Florida, California and Texas are the top three states for boat theft, but if you live
elsewhere, your boat is not immune.
Boat Secure-Storage Methods
If storing your boat at home on a trailer, arrange it so the tongue does not face the street for an easy getaway. Remove one wheel from
an axle. Hitch receiver locks may also deter