Keep Your Boat Under Lock And Key

Published: Fall 2013

More than 50 percent of all boats stolen are on trailers. Make sure yours isn't an easy "get".

Restore That Lock

Photo of combination lock sitting in a bowl of vingar and water.

When the padlock you use to lock your trailer's receiver gets stiff from too much exposure to salt and water, soak it for 30 minutes in a solution of one part vinegar to four parts water. Allow it to dry and spray it inside and out with WD-40 or similar. The lock will work like new.



Take The Legs Off

There is a wide variety of locks and security plates for trailers. Nothing is totally theft-proof, and many thefts occur when the thief simply removes the coupler latch bolt and tows the trailer away without a latch attached. If you're putting your boat away for any length of time, consider removing one or all of the wheels from your trailer. This will make it hard to steal, and it will extend the life of your trailer tires because they won't be exposed to the elements.

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