Boating Basics

Preventing Theft

Defend against theft of your vessel and equipment.

  • Store your vessel so that it is not easily accessed.
    • Store your vessel and trailer in a locked garage or storage area.
    • Park another vehicle in front of the trailer, or lock the trailer to a fixed object in a well-lit area.
    • Secure the vessel and trailer to a fixed object with a good-quality chain and lock. If moored, secure the vessel to the dock with a steel cable and lock.
    • Remove a trailer wheel if parked for an extended time.
    • Purchase a quality trailer hitch lock and use it.
  • Chain and lock the motor and fuel tanks to the vessel.
  • Mark or engrave all equipment with an identifier such as your driver’s license number.
  • Photograph or videotape the interior and exterior of your vessel, showing all installed equipment and additional gear and equipment. Make a complete inventory of your equipment, vessel, and trailer.
  • Remove expensive electronics or other valuables if the vessel is left unattended.
  • Cover your vessel and always remove the keys.
  • Title and register your vessel.