Several people have asked why we don’t put our name on our dinghy. It’s a simple safety tip, especially for cruising outside of the country.
Often putting a name on the dinghy, you’re advertising to the locals that you’re not at home (i.e. on the boat). This can open the door for thievery or mischief.
Remember most robberies are “opportunity” theft — i.e. if your boat is the most available, it’s likely to be the one robbed.
We choose not to take the chance. Not that an observant thief couldn’t keep track of which dinghies belong to which boats but by leaving the boat name (or something akin to our boat name — I often wanted to name our dinghy either “Blizzard” or “Snowflake” to go with s/v Winterlude — hopefully we make it just a little bit more difficult for would be thieves.
Anything we can do to deter theft is good.
Anyone have other tips to help keep your dinghy safe? Please leave a comment and share. Cheers! Jan