Tips To Keep Your Trailer SafeBy BoatUS Trailering Editors
Published: Fall 2012
Fact: More than 50 percent of all boats stolen are on trailers!
BoatUS Marine Insurance claim files prove most thieves are lazy and are always on the look for an easy "get." Here are six ways to make the “getting” more difficult this winter and they don’t require a lot of $$$ if your trailer is parked at your house.
Park a vehicle in front of the boat and trailer.
Remove the Plate
Remove the trailer's license plate. That will attract police attention if the trailer is stolen.
Remove the Tires
If your boat is going to sit in a storage area for the winter — as is occurring more and more as towns forbid boat trailers being parked in driveways or city streets — this will force a potential thief to look elsewhere. Some Trailering Club members remove the coupler from the trailer for the same reason.
Photograph Your Gear
Take a few photographs of the boat and trailer and any piece of equipment that will stay onboard while the trailer is parked. If it's possible, remove the outboard or lower unit. If it isn't, remove the prop to make the boat more difficult for a quick sale or boat ride by the thief.
Under Lock and Key
Locks are available for trailer wheels as well as trailer tongues. A combination of both will make it time-consuming for a thief to rip you off.
Make Yourself Stand Out
One BoatUS member painted his trailer bright pink as a way to deter thieves from taking it and the boat. Remember thieves don't want to stand out when they're driving a stolen boat and trailer down the road.
BoatUS Marine Insurance
Most marine insurance companies require you to insure the boat with them in order to provide coverage for the trailer.
All BoatUS program policies provide agreed value coverage for your trailer as an add-on to your policy.
The premium is small and the deductible low ($50). Since the majority of trailerable boat thefts occur while the boat is on the trailer, adding coverage for it is well worth the expense.
If you insure your boat with BoatUS, give the underwriting dept. a call to add trailer coverage to your policy. If you don’t insure your boat through the BoatUS program, what are you waiting for? Call or go online for a fast, free quote today. In most cases, you can bind coverage right away.
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