General Boating

How to Protect the Rental Boat from Theft

Being pro-active in relation to theft prevention is certain to be highly beneficial when it comes to hiring a high-end sail or motor-driven boat for the boating vacations.

Boat Trailer Lock

Here are some of the basic steps that can be taken to prevent theft:


Remember to be careful with the keys. A simple step that can be taken to avoid a potential threat is to be very careful with the keys and to make certain they are never left in the ignition slot when the vessel is unattended or not in use.


Secure the vessel in the most appropriate way. Whether the boat is on land or on the water there is a wide range of steps that can be taken to avoid theft.

Hitch Lock

If on land and the vessel is a trailer sailor, a high-strength hitch lock is certain to be ideal for giving the ideal level of protection for the short periods that the boat and trailer are left unattended. Although, if planning on leaving a trailerable boat for a significant period of time, you might want to look at removing one or two of the wheels from the trailer and securing the frame to an unmovable object with a heavy duty chain.

Secure Equipment

If you are mooring up in a quiet and secluded spot, you always want to make certain all items of equipment are safely on board. A tender dinghy for instance is often a target for theft, you really want to make certain that this item is stowed on board if possible or secured with a padlock and chain to the main vessel.

Marine Berth

If a boat is likely to be moored in a marina, choose a safe destination which is able to offer the ideal lighting and security. A full-time security service is likely to be most beneficial to guarantee the safety of the charter vessel.

Personal Items

Avoid leaving personal items, like the fishing equipment or portable electronics, on board the vessel when it isn’t in actual use. If you aren’t easily able to remove these items to a safer location, you should at least make certain that they are all concealed inside the cabin out-of-sight.

Anti-theft alarm and/or tracking system

A high-tech anti-theft alarm or tracking system installed is certain to make a motor-driven boat, sail boat, or PWC less attractive to attempt to steal.

Cabin Locks

A vessel can be made more secure by the rental company such as replacing the standard spring-latch locks with a more efficient deadbolt-type lock assembly.

Regular checkups

If planning to leave the boat unattended whilst ashore sight-seeing it can benefit to check on the boat at regular intervals to ensure it is safe.

In summary

A would-be thief will strike as soon as an easy opportunity is detected. By taking simple precautions it is possible to avoid theft of the boat or equipment. Make sure the proper preventative measures are taken to increase the time it would take to gain access and remove the boat from the mooring or place of storage.

Trailers & Parts

Trailer Safety for PWC

A PWC trailer must stay within the guided limits in relation to size and capacity.

PWC TrailerWhen calculating the total load, make sure to determine the weight of the accessories and fuel on top of the weight of the personal watercraft.

Open vs. Closed frames

A PWC trailer is constructed with an open or close frame. The open and closed frames can have an impact on the wiring. An open frame leaves the wires exposed, but this does mean in the event of damage or faults the potential problem is easy to locate. A closed frame is more effective at protecting the wires, but with the wiring concealed the problems are much more difficult to spot and repair. Plus, a further benefit of the open frame design is the ability to quickly drain water.

Frame construction and strength

A proper trailer for a PWC is designed, constructed, and approved for use in a marine environment. The trailer should give proper support to the full weight of the Jet Ski and accessories. Plus, the wiring and lights should be built to withstand submersion in the sea or river water. Also, the finish of the trailer should offer high durability and come with a galvanized or powder coating, which is significantly more resilient than enamel or similar.

Pre-trailering inspection

On each occasion the PWC trailer is used make sure to give a full visual inspection to ensure it is in full working order. Below are eleven of the things to check before each use:

  1. Inspect the wires for signs of wear and inflation
  2. Look at the safety chain and hitch to ensure it is free of stress and wear
  3. Check the brakes for the trailer just after setting off to make sure they will function once on the road
  4. Review the electrical components (bulbs, wiring, terminals, etc.) to ensure there are no burned or corroded connections
  5. Make sure a good amount of bearing grease is applied to the wheel bearings
  6. Ensure each of the main and lug nuts are fully tight and in place
  7. Inspect the bunks, rollers, and stops for early signs of cracks or wear
  8. Test the coupler and ball to make sure it is at the right size and is able to fully secure in place. Look for signs of stress and wear
  9. Safety secure the PWC to the trailer at the bow and stern – use a sufficient number of tie-downs to avoid accidents on the highway
  10. Pack a varied selection of basic emergency supplies, such as highway flares, mounted tire, grease, bearings, spare bulbs, basic tools, etc.
  11. Appreciate the extra dimensions of the trailer at the rear of the vehicle and drive carefully. Give extra space to other road users and make sure to indicate maneuvers early. Also, give more time to complete the journey and avoid speeding.

A regular stop by the roadside to check the rig can benefit and this periodical check should help to minimize accidents on the road. Give the tie-downs, lights, and wheel bearings a regular check.