Thieves are constantly on the prowl, looking for anything of value to steal. Unfortunately, sailboat owners are no exception. The criminally-minded seek out people who don’t suspect they are coming. If you are like most boaters, sailing is more than just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle that you don’t want to lose to a thief. You don’t have to be a victim to a sailboat burglary. The following are three ways you can protect your sailboat from theft.
Remove or Lock Your Motor
If thieves can’t move your boat, they aren’t likely attempt hauling it away. If you remove your outboard motor, then you reduce the chances of a thief stealing your boat. Without a motor, a thief may find it too much of a hassle to try to take your sailboat. Alternatively, you can also lock your motor, but bear in mind that thieves can pry a lock, allowing them access to your sailboat.
Never Leave the Boat Unattended on a Trailer
Whether you are taking your boat out for the season or storing it, never leave your sailboat unattended on a trailer. Trailers provide thieves with easy access to get away. Instead of doing any heavy lifting, they can simply detach your trailer and boat from your vehicle and attach it to their vehicle. Depending on their craftiness, onlookers may not even know the difference. You have to ensure that your sailboat is protected at all times, whether you are on the water or off.
Always Maintain Boat Insurance
Your sailboat is a big investment, much like your house and your car. As a precaution, you keep insurance on your car and your house throughout the year. So, why not maintain insurance on our sailboat throughout the year? Even at your home, your sailboat is exposed to theft and damage from storms. Without insurance on your sailboat during the off-season, how would you overcome these losses? Maintaining sailboat insurance is one of the easiest ways to protect your sailboat.
Protecting your sailboat doesn’t stop when you are out of the water, it’s a year-round job. With a few safety precautions and sailboat insurance, you can continue to enjoy life on the water.
Is your vessel protected? Call Casey Insurance Group at (888) 537-1412 for more information on Miami sailboat insurance.