We had a chained (3/8" steel links) and locked SOT stolen even when attached to our fence about 15 years ago, but we strongly suspect it was our neighbors who moved out immediately after the theft. I also strongly suspect that bolt cutters were used to cut thru the chain, which was looped around the fencepost at the bottom of the chain-link fence. I think it was retaliation for complaining to them about a late-night (2-3AM) mid-work week loud party... twice... and suggesting a bored cop might want to relieve the boredom...
Whatever, it goes to support jack's contention that a motivated thief will probably not be deterred by much any of us here might want to use to secure our boats.
That said, we use 3/8" steel cables for our lassos, which I made myself, and loop over each end of the boat, one end looped thru itself, the other end's loop locked to the cable coming from the first end. These cables are, in turn, locked to another cable which attaches to our rack and a steel b post in the chain link fence behind the palms.
You can use the same setup to lock your boats directly or indirectly, with a second, locking loop, to a "fixed" point -a roof rack crossbar on your car, or a rafter inside your garage, or a fence post (over which it should n ot be able to be raised, of course).
We've had our system for years, it's still rust-free (use the more expensive SS cabling for durability, and aluminum for the crimps -and double, or triple -them for added security, and perhaps use the plastic-coated cabling to better protect your boats), and our boats are still secure.
Now of course it's not going to stop a pro, but it sure beats the alternative of no security to secure your boats in possibly insecure times and place. And it SURE as hell beats not having a boat, because it's been stolen, to
-Frank in Miami
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