Security alarm for traveling with kayaks
Posted by: flynhi4u on Feb-05-13 10:26 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Just had a friend have her Old Town Loon 111 stolen off the top of her car in Springfield MO. We are getting ready to travel to the UP with our two kayaks on our traler and I was just curious what everyone does to secure their kayaks and canoes when they travel?
I have seen alarms that use a cable ran through the items you are securing. Break the cable set off the alarm. I was looking for something like that I could run through the eyes on the kayaks and attach to the trailer. There has to be some product out there for this. Sometimes you just can't take your boats in the hotel room with you if you have to stay out. Nothing like getting a 14' kayak in a elevator!
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Cable and pad lock|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Feb-05-13 10:39 AM (EST)
either through the seat and around the rack bar or around the bar and secured to the boat. All you can do is keep the honest people honest. Park next or close to the office.
Cable lock plus extra strapping|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-05-13 10:46 AM (EST)
Cable lock alarm|
Posted by: flynhi4u on Feb-05-13 11:14 AM (EST)
We had three straps on the boat and she parked in a well lit area right outside her hotel room. Just not enough.
I am talking 6 straps plus cable|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-05-13 12:21 PM (EST)
FWIW, we never travel major trips especially overnight with less than 5 straps/cables per boat.
Posted by: scottfree on Feb-05-13 11:42 AM (EST)
How about something like this tucked up inside? I had something similar that I used to use for my canoe.
i cant believe |
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-05-13 11:58 AM (EST)
Someone stole a loon.
Straps & painters as deterrents.......|
Posted by: thebob.com on Feb-05-13 1:14 PM (EST)
Alarms are useless|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Feb-05-13 2:27 PM (EST)
How many times have you seen anyone pay attention to a car alarm? It is so common for them to misfire or sound when there is no actual theft going on that people ignore them.
You Can Make Thieves Take Time...|
Posted by: VK1NF on Feb-05-13 3:53 PM (EST)
...make 'em make noise, make 'em bring tools...and there's not a heck of a lot more you can do.
Fill the boat with ping pong balls. |
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-05-13 6:04 PM (EST)
I once saw an old video of Hohnny Carson as a house thief. Once he entered the house, everywhere he looked for loot would cascade ping pong balls out at him. Eventually he just gave up.
Or a louder variation|
Posted by: pikabike on Feb-07-13 1:52 PM (EST)
Lightweight (to not harm boats or car when falling) but noisy.
Suggested before |
Posted by: mjamja on Feb-05-13 6:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: jerrysmith on Feb-05-13 6:45 PM (EST)
The best you can hope for is to slow them down. Most cables can be cut with bolt cutters, but most thefts are spontaneous acts done by someone who saw an opportunity and took it. Most of these guys aren't traveling around with a full tool kit.
Get a 23 foot, 100 pound tandem.|
Posted by: Jackl on Feb-05-13 8:48 PM (EST)
I would pay them to steal mine !
Posted by: Emanoh on Feb-06-13 1:36 PM (EST)
I agree, all you can do is slow a thief down. I think I made mine for less than $10. Coated cable and connectors from local hardware.
They have locking straps|
Posted by: QCHiker on Feb-06-13 8:30 PM (EST)
They have locking tie down straps that have a wire in them ( sort of like steel bleted radial tires) which makes them harder to just cut and steal the canoe or kayak. I use a couple of cable type bicycle locks thru the gunwales and around my roof rack bars.
There is no absolute deterrent|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Feb-06-13 9:43 PM (EST)
BOB is right: a sharp knife will go through straps and ropes like butter. Mere seconds.
Best idea so far...|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-06-13 9:49 PM (EST)
Get a really long heavy boat that no one wants to carry.
This is what you want|
Posted by: george4908 on Feb-06-13 10:10 PM (EST)
Lockable, steel reinforced tie down straps:
Posted by: dc9mm on Feb-07-13 12:56 PM (EST)
I would think the best is a combo of steel cable locks and some kind of alarm that YOU can hear. Hopefully alarm goes off soon enough before they cut all the cables so you can get there and start yelling making them run.I would prefer to be armed but if out of state thats not likley.
cable and padlock|
Posted by: mrmannerz on Feb-07-13 2:06 PM (EST)
I use a cable and a padlock. Like someone already said, straps are easy for any knife. There's not much more one can do than lock it...if they're really determined, they can just lasso the whole rack and rip it clean off the car.
Posted by: Dgremlin on Feb-08-13 2:37 PM (EST)
I used something like this when I had a motorcycle years ago. It worked pretty well. I've been thinking about getting another one to clip in the cockpit when I have to leave the kayak unattended.