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Marine Security

In this article we talk about easy methods to prevent boat and trailer theft.

The idea of security is to implement simple techniques that make your marine possession “too difficult” or “too high a risk” to be stolen. Some might say you only have to provide enough security so a thief chooses the next boat.

This may not be that far from the truth. A quick scan of ten trailers at a local boat ramp showed only one wheel lock in use and three of ten boat trailers had no security at all.

Lets look as some deterrents to theft-

An alarm system, An upgraded locking system, Marking the boat for easy identification. Methods of immobilizing boat, Reducing motivation includes-



Lowering the amount of perceived gain from theft Reducing the perceived value of the stolen items-IE paint and permanent engravings #1 Rule-Keep valuables out of sight

Keeping valuables out of sight is listed as the number one theft deterrent on every police and insurance checklist. For the owner of a boat this is not really an option. The crew may be living or vacationing inside the boat so the thief may imagine there will be something of value inside even if every cupboard is closed and the table is clear.

Lets look at some other deterrents.

Trailer boats Trailers and boats are particularly easy to steal as they are designed to be drug behind another vehicle. Some common methods of theft prevention are-

Wheel Locks

Wheel locks are a simple device that immobilizes the wheels of a vehicle or trailer preventing movement. Wheel locks are often used by police to immobilized vehicles and have a sound reputation as a theft deterrent.

Wheel locks come in a variety of qualities. In the most basic form they simply clamp around the wheel, but leave the lug nuts and bearing exposed. For the professional thief this is slightly better than no wheel lock. Once the thief has a collection of trailers it’s only a matter of carrying a spare tire in the tow vehicle. By changing the tire protected by the wheel lock the trailer is quickly rolling along behind the new tow vehicle.

Better is a wheel lock that covers the lug-nuts and wheel bearing. The SAS wheel lock made in New Zealand is a prime example of the higher level of protection that covers the wheel bearing and a lug nut. This is good as it prevents the thief from easily changing the tire.

Vulnerable ball hitch

Most ball hitches arrive with some type of locking mechanism. At first glance this may seem sufficient, but is it really?

The lock on the tongue of the trailer must be designed to prevent a pair of bolt cutters from reaching the lock shank. An inexpensive pair of bolt cutters will slice the shank of almost any lock quickly and quietly. For this reason most trailer locks now employ the single shank style of lock, thus preventing bolt cutter access.

Hacksaw the lock

The single shank is still vulnerable to a hacksaw. A short length of pipe placed around the lock shank prevents the hacksaw from getting a bite. Make sure the pipe completely fills the shank width so a hacksaw blade can’t be slid down the side of the lock.

Ball hitch bolts

The bolts that secure the ball hitch to the trailer are the next easily removed piece of the security puzzle. Once a thief is in the trailer theft business keeping a supply of interchangeable trailer parts is simple.

The tongue nuts can be made more secured with red lock tight or tack welded to prevent simple disconnection and re-bolting to another trailer. Leaving extra thread showing on the securing bolts during installation can also increase the difficulty of removing the hitch.

Warning

Recently there has recently had a rash of trailer thefts from boat launch areas. When the unfortunate fisherman returns to the dock to find his trailer nicked he often heads off in search of another trailer. During his absence the stolen trailer returns to load the victims boat (fitting perfectly) making a clean get a way with a double theft, boat and trailer.

One method to help prevent theft like the above scenario is to leave the trailer locked to the vehicle. Back the trailer into an obstacle like a curb or tree so there is less room to maneuver the trailer away from the vehicle.

Trailer load locks

Once the trailer itself is secured now we turn out attention to the load carried on the trailer. Jet skies are a prime theft target. Two or three men can easily lift a jet ski from the trailer and transfer it to another location. For this reason the Jet ski or load itself can be cable locked to the trailer.

Paint

Most law enforcement agencies recommend painting the trailer and boat with a distinctive paint job. This can be difficult for a boat trailer, but the plate number or phone number can be welded directly into a support beam. It’s a good idea for this number to be plainly visible to help reduce motivation.

A detailed paint job can be expensive. Some prefer to simply paint stripes while others use high quality printed stickers. This paint scheme can increase the value of the trailer and boat while deterring theft.

Location

Picking the location to park your boat is an early choice that greatly effects the risk of theft.

Phil McSweeney of “Safe and Secure” (SAS) wheel locks tells us the highest theft risk is light industrial areas during the day. The amount of noise and work normally taking place in such areas can mask a theft, yet this is commonly thought of as a safe parking area.

Parking on the street in front of your house is better, but it’s easy for thieves to notice when the house is vacant. Parking by the side of the house, or between houses is better yet, and a second stored vehicle blocking the departure path of the trailer is an added deterrent.

Best is storing a boat in a well lit, camera-monitored area with one road in and out. Signs warning of passive recording of the number plate of every vehicle can go a long way in deterring the initial theft or locating a stolen vehicle.

Marina Security

Boats stored in the water are reliant on the marina security system. When deciding on a marine consider-

Are security cameras set up? Are they monitored? Have there been thefts recently? Was the security upgraded since the thefts?

It’s common for a company to purchase all the correct security devices only to ignore the system expecting to review the tapes if a theft happened to occur.

Marinas like Gulf Harbor, north of Auckland, have an excellent protection record, while boats on moorings in the adjacent Wade River have reported a string of violations. The difference can be attributed to the Gulf Harbor single road access and monitored security while the Wade River has multiple road access points and little security.

Window Markings

Etching the plate number into the window of a boat can help deter thieves. It should be noted the vehicle identification number should not be used as this number can be matched to the boat key for easy duplication.

A window marking warning of an alarm can help, but the warning should not include the alarm brand name as this gives the thief a clue to the type of alarm he has to disable.

Photos

Take photos of your boat from all angles. Take photos of the serial number, number plate, and engine identification tags. Take another set of photos of each piece of equipment’s identification plate (IE radios, auto pilots, etc) so if the equipment is separated from the boat you have a method of easy identification. By photographing you don’t have to spend time writing long numbers as the serial numbers are stored in a single photo set.

Keep boat photos (and document photos) in a safe place, preferably stored on the net (IE emailed to yourself) so you can find them quickly if needed or away from your home computer.

GPS Tracking

GPS tracking is quickly becoming the prime method of locating a stolen boat. The GPS tracker runs continuously monitoring a pre-determined guard ring. If the boat leaves the trailer park or marina the alarm sounds, and sends a text to a cell phone. The owner can view a web page that shows the vehicle’s progress. It’s a simple matter of calling the police with a description and current location of the vehicle.

GPS tracking can be purchased with two reporting options, satellite, or the less expensive cell phone reporting. This is important as if a vehicle is driven into an area without cell coverage, or a yacht is taken offshore the locating beacon will stop reporting.

Some tracking systems, such as pivotel.com.au report worldwide through the Global Star satellite system while Geosystems.co.nz and Verifind.co.nz are local NZ suppliers that report through the cell phone network.

Equipment costs start around seven hundred dollars. Short-term rentals units are available.

Outboard security

Yachts from the Caribbean have found themselves in a one-upmanship challenge with local thieves. In an attempt to prevent outboard theft, yachts began using a standard clamp lock on the securing bolts that hold the outboard to the tender transom. Thieves quickly learned to disable the commercial locking devices with a simple crescent wrench.

Specialty shops began making an upgraded stainless version of the outboard clamp. Thieves began using a hand sledge and a large punch made from rebar to break the outboard mounting clamp bolts. Stainless clamp bolts were built and distributed throughout the fleet.

The thieves then began cutting the transom out of the tender with battery operated reciprocal saws to remove the outboard. Yachts started adding a stainless plate on each side of the transom in an attempt to outlast the battery packs.

Yacht crew’s took further precautions by hoisting and locking the tender into davits, but thieves cut the locks. Special davits were designed that clamped the complete tender or outboard. Thieves began using high tech pipe cutters to slice through stainless davits or rails that secured the tender. The yachts began building davits and rails with an inside tube that a pipe cutter couldn't’t reach.

Safes

Traveling by boat means we often carry many important documents with us. Passports, bank cards, ownership paperwork, even the possibility of a document that may allow the thief further access to our lives might inadvertently be kept in the boat. To help secure these valuable papers many install a safe or a strong box.

A safe should be well hidden away from public view and well secured to the hull. The idea is to install the strong box so it takes time to find, and makes noise to remove. Thick bolts that can’t be accessed from the backside are a good start.

One of the most common mistakes in safe installation is talking about it. This is a real case of “loose lips sink ships.” Once the a potential thief knows about the safe their motivation level rises to open the “surprise.”

Electronic safe prices start as low as $75 dollars and a better version with mechanical tumblers can cost upward of $400.

Insurance

Once you have taken all the anti-theft precautions you can simply relax and enjoy the day. If you return to a stolen trailer or boat you will have an inconvenience, but at least you’ll be financially covered.

Or will you?

Phil McSweeney of SAS reports many insurance companies require that some forum of extra protection had been installed and used on the stolen trailer. For this reason Phil recommends checking the fine print of your policy and taking a photo of the anti theft devices in use. Keep these photos stored on your hard drive and emailed to yourself so if the unfortunate were to occur you have simple proof the secondary locking device was used. This can reduce the chances of a delay of payment.

Post theft

In the unlikely event your boat or trailer is stolen you should take the following steps-

Call the local police to file a report. Notify your insurance Post photos of the stolen items on http://www.stolenz.co.nz

Don’t buy a stolen boat

One way to reduce the chances of your boat being stolen is to reject the purchase of a stolen boat. The NZ Police website recommends the following to prevent unknowingly purchasing a stolen vessel-

Expect to pay a fair price. An unreasonably low boat price should raise concerns. Be sure to inspect the serial number of the boat and outboard motor. Look for signs of recent ownership changes. Trace the ownership history. Record the seller’s details. Take a photo of the seller. Contact the local police with the plate number to check if the trailer is stolen.

See- http://www.police.govt.nz/ for more information.

Ten cent solutions

Ten cent solutions are mostly a bluff in an attempt to prevent theft. Still for the DIY here are some simple techniques that have proved themselves in the field.

A common “ten-cent” alarm system is to connect a battery to a siren. A clothespin with contacts on the openings acts as a trigger switch. The clothespin is held open by a bit of plastic sheet. If the skiff is moved the plastic pulls free, and the clothespin snaps shut sounding the alarm.

More simple and inexpensive methods of reducing theft include-

A red LED flasher mounted on the trailer can present an image of an alarm system. Remove the coil lead, or other important part when the boat is left unattended. Engrave your number plate on the engine, parts, and windows in a high profile location. This will lower the motivation, as the vessel parts will be less valuable. Engrave another set of numbers in a hard to find location so if you ever stumble across your engine you have proof the outboard was once yours.

Future

On the horizon are a series of new technologies to help prevent theft.

The advent of computerized engine control systems will soon lessen the value of stolen vehicle parts. Without the manufacturer interface the stolen parts will not function outside the original vehicle thus reducing the “chop shop” value.

GPS tracking and satellite monitoring means the main engine can be shut down by a single push of a button from a remote location. Imagine the surprise of a thief when motoring along and the engine suddenly shuts down. A voice from a manufacturer representative asks why the boat is underway.

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Battle Of The Best Marine Battery On The Market

When dealing with marine applications, you may need a marine battery to handle the job. From powering an electric boat to providing a ferry with the power to carry people or cargo across the water, a marine battery can do it. Lead acid batteries are mostly used for marine applications because of their storage capacity, and of these, deep cycle monoblocs and 2v deep cycle cells are used. Here are some that could be considered the best marine battery on the market.

Optima has quite a few batteries on the market, and their 8016-103-FFP D34M model is one of the best deep cycle batteries around. Packing 750 in cold cranking amps, a 12 volt capacity, and a reserve capacity that lasts for 120 minutes, the battery can handle a variety of needs, such as recreational boats and high load vehicles. The battery's starting capabilities perform exceptionally well, even in harsh weather. The battery is also vibration resistant, and contains sealed posts that prevention corrosion and make faster charging possible. If anything goes wrong, Optima has a 2 year warranty and will replace the battery for free.

Exide's Edge FP-AGM24DP model is a high capacity battery that can tackle heavy loads with its Absorbed Glass Mat design. The battery comes with a 140 minute 25A reserve capacity and 775 in cold cranking amps. It even has a pressure venting system to prevent power reduction, drying out, and expand its life span. Fast cranking is possible because of the battery's low resistance and conductive post. Regardless of conditions, the battery can also recharge at a fast rate for more usage.

Vmaxtanks' MR107 12V 85AH battery features deep cycling with AGM and SLA. It gives 85 amp hours and operates bests with smaller boats. The battery boasts a life of 8 to 10 years, and has tin and lead alloy plates that speed up charging, increase performance, and regulate energy dissipation more efficiently. The electrolyte viscosity of the battery doesn't need to be reduced with water because of the AGM, making it a low maintenance battery. For around $260 or less with discounts, you can get a battery that lasts a long time and handles vibration well.

Optima also makes another blue top, deep cycle battery called the 8027-127-FFP D27M model. The battery has a high vibration resistance and life due to its SpiralCell technology, which combines lead plates and lead oxide coating to make two spiral wound cells. It has 1000 amp hours of power which can work with many electronics that require a lot of energy, from GPS location systems to bilge pumps. The tight seal of the cells prevent leakage, and there is a 2 free year replacement warranty in the event of a faulty battery.

Any of these batteries can qualify as the best marine battery due to their exceptional design and craftsmanship. Try one that will best suit your marine needs.



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6 Different Types Of Motorcycles - A Simple Guide.

Thinking about buying a new motorcycle? Whatever your reason, if you are interested in buying and learning to ride a motorcycle, you need to know about the different types of motorcycles you can choose from. This is because choosing the right bike can mean a safer, easier, and more fun ride. With that said, here is a brief breakdown describing each of the different motorcycle types.

1.Cruiser

Cruiser motorcycles are the kind of bikes to show off at your local motorcycle show. These bikes feature high handlebars, V-twin engine designed for low end torque and forward-foot pegs that allows riders to lean back slightly. However, these bikes are not ideal for beginners who would love riding for longer periods of time at higher speeds because pulling back on the handle-bars to battle wind can be very tiring.

2.Touring

Touring motorcycles are designed for long-distance riding and heavy commuting because of their large engines and bigger fuel tanks. They feature amenities like cruise control, enough cargo space, wind protection and heating control. They are relatively powerful and heavy which makes them a good option for experienced riders.

3.Sport

If you are in it for the thrill, a sport motorcycle could be your ideal ride. These types of motorcycles have high-performance engines resting inside a lightweight frame and are optimized for high speeds and acceleration. They feature higher foot pegs and a longer reach to the handlebars, powerful brakes and high-grip tires.

4.Standard

Also known as roadsters or naked bikes, they are the most versatile bikes and are well known for their upright riding position. Their low cost, user-friendly design, moderate engines and flexibility makes them a good choice for the novice rider. They feature foot pegs which are below the rider and handlebars high enough so the rider can maintain a very comfortable position without the need to reach too far forward.

5.Off-road

These are motorcycles designed to handle bumps, jumps and other difficult obstacles found on woodland trails or closed racing courses. They have advanced suspension systems, narrower and lighter frames, a kick-starter to reduce weight, increased ground clearance and tires with a knobby tread pattern for increased traction.

6.Dual-purpose

Also known as dual-sports, these motorcycles are made for riders who want the best of both worlds as they also offer some off-road capabilities. They are similar to off-road bikes except for the fact that they are legal to ride on public streets. They feature tires that can easily maneuver on both light and narrow frames, dirt and pavement, and even long suspensions. In addition, they offer great versatility for both experienced riders and beginners alike.

Bottom Line

Motorcycles can be incredible, fun and efficient machines. And with the wealth of bikes in this article to sample, finding the best that suit your needs should not be a problem anymore.



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Answers To Questions Often Asked About Personal Hovercraft

Any respected small hovercraft manufacturer will have a detailed environmental assessment report that can be freely distributed. Such a report must address the issues of nuisance by noise, safety concerns to spectators, effects on habitat wild life and the possibility of pollution.

Noise is a particular concern as a large propeller is used to provide lift and forward thrust. This is driven by a petrol engine, either two or four stroke, and as such are inherently noisy. It should be noted that a comparison might be made between a personal hovercraft and other pleasure or leisure vehicles being used in the same vicinity. For example, by the sea shore, high powered motor boats are very popular, as are jet skis. Such a study should indicate the decibel ratings compared to these other vehicles.

Pollution is obviously a very strong point, also the effects on natural habitats. On the good side, there are no propellers in the water, so oil doesn't go into the sea. Generally, the engines are contained over the hull compartment and kept dry. For life under the sea or lakes, a noisy propeller thrashing around is more more disruptive to fish life than an air cushioned vehicle which floats over the surface. The question must be asked if any more man made vehicles should be introduced to our delicate environment at all in these times of environmental tipping points?

Safety is a major concern for hover craft manufacturers and design, not only for the pilots and passengers, but also for people looking for a hovercraft for sale. After all, it is quite an exciting spectacle. Modern craft hulls are made from high impact plastic or fiber glass. Glass fiber does tend to split if the hull hits a solid object, such as a rock in it's path. Despite this, many racing hovercraft use this type of construction. The overall construction is light for speed and risks of crashing are all part of the sport.

Such an attitude just won't do for the family man looking for an exciting experience to share with his family. In this situation safety is top priority and not a 'nice to have' feature at all. A slower craft with a thicker hull made from robust material is far preferable to a material that may split and crack under pressure. Expanded polypropylene and similar plastics are revolutionizing the industry and manufacturers of small light personal hovercraft are springing up all over the place.

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Steps To Replace Automobile Battery.

Typical indications that a battery is about to fail are headlights dimming, sluggish starting,just recently having needed to jump start your automobile, alternator troubles, electrical troubles.

If you failed to see or there were no giveaways of your automobile battery failing and you end up being stuck at home, it might be worth looking for a mobile automobile battery replacement service close by.

On the other hand you may want to replace the automobile battery by yourself. The following is general advice on how you can do it yourself. Before you attempt to change it, Its advised to examine the automobile makers guidance for your particular automobile.

If you have no experience replacing a automobile battery, or your automobile has exclusive demands like battery registration, you may be better to get an mobile car battery replacement expert to do the job for you.

Before replacing your automobile battery you should understand that most modern automobiles can be very electrical reliant and may store settings for windows, roofs, stereos and other electrical components.

In the event that your automobile battery has already died those settings may already have been lost or if you remove your battery without an external power back up you may lose these settings.

Automobiles installed with Stop/Start systems or that have special charging systems that control the power level from the alternator to battery, require brand new batteries to be registered with the automobile.

These battery registration tools are not cheap, and whilst you may manage to take the automobile to a local service centre that has the tool, they may well not be prepared to register the new battery as they did not install it.

In case your automobile is installed with the new AGM kind battery it should be replaced with the very same kind and not a standard lead acid kind as this will often times result in electronic troubles and premature battery malfunction.

Make certain you confirm you have the appropriate automobile battery for your automobile prior to trying to changing it out, the majority of batteries come with a label probably on the top or side that contains the battery kind, battery amps, and battery cranking on it.

Battery Installation Method

Action 1 All the things switched Off.

Confirm all of the your automotive electrics are switched off and automobile keys are taken out from the ignition.

Action 2 Find the automotive battery.

Depending on your auto kind the following are some of the most typical battery places, underneath the bonnet, seats, and in the boot region.

Action 3 Take away battery clamps.

Your battery may possibly have a clamp across the top or a small clamp at the bottom fixing the battery into place. These are normally held down with 8mm,10 mm, or 13mm bolts or nuts, a lengthened socket and bar set might be require.

Beware as automobiles age the brackets can easily get corroded, which might consist of having to change the battery tray. (Spray some easy release substance on in cases were they look rusty).

Action 4.Connect External Power.

Attach the battery memory saver to the automobile if your automobile configurations have not already been lost due to a failed battery. Always comply with the tool makers information on the best technique to do this.

Action 5. Disconnecting The Old Auto Battery.

Whenever you remove the dead battery, if you have a battery memory saver fastened the battery terminals will certainly still be powered.

When unfastened, you will have to make sure that the terminals do not come into contact with another metal surface. Upon removing endeavour to cover these using a non conductive material.

Most automobile battery terminals use 8mm,10 mm,13 mm nuts these can generally be undone with a spanner.

Disconnecting the terminals.

(Negative Terminal 1st).

The initial terminal to take off will be the negative that has the - (minus) icon on it or the battery area itself.

(Positive Terminal 2nd).

Then take off the positive terminal that has the + (plus) sign on it or the battery itself.

When you have the terminals unhitched transfer them out of the way so you have full easy access to extract the battery (ensure not to allow the removed terminals to touch anything).

Certain auto batteries can additionally have a gas venting out line connected, this should be unfixed before removal.

Action 6. Hooking up the new automobile battery.

Ensure that the battery place is clear and tidy, then make certain the battery terminals are out of the way and position the automobile battery back into its location.

(Attach the Positive Terminal 1st).

Remove the non-conductive cover from the positive battery terminal and hook on to the positive terminal on the battery. Verify it is pushed down and re tighten.

(Secure the Negative Terminal 2nd).

Remove the non-conductive cover from the negative battery terminal and attach to the negative terminal on the battery. Make sure to secure and afterwards re tighten, if you have a battery vapour venting pipe reconnect to the new battery.

Action 7. Detach the external power/battery memory saver.

Any time you are happy that your new auto battery is fastened you may now detach the battery memory saver device. (Do Not Switch on Or Start the automobile with the battery memory saver still hooked up).

Action 8. Start the automobile.

You are able to now start the automobile to check all is functioning as soon as you are happy the new battery is hooked up and the battery saver is detached.

Action 9. Refit the battery brackets.

Once you have started the automobile and are happy all is ok refit the battery brackets making sure you do not make connection with the battery terminals.

Action 10.Stop/Start and Batteries Requiring Registration.

Automobile batteries that involves battery registration you may now link the battery registration equipment and perform the operation.

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