Funny they could talk about low tech stuff to protect it like putting the boat
name on the sides in really large letters. I know they can paint it but if
the boat is spotted in transit they know this is a path to getting caught.
As my boat is on a trailer I don't leave the licence plate. I cann't
lock my trailer as the Yatch Club boat yard has a right to move the
trailer for major events. As my tail lights and licence are removed
I'm not the best candidate. Also the more things you do to the tailer
like paint it loud colors or put the boat name on the trailer will
help key someones memory as the boat passes.
If you don't have sail numbers get them. They are difficult to remove
completely and sailmakers selling used sails will be all to happy to
collect a reward for finding the sails insted of selling them.
Also joining a fleet assocation could help as if you have a boat with a
strong fleet assocation their knowlege of the boat could help find it.
Most larger boats can't easily be stored just anywhere and it doesn't
take a very large phone tree to get someone to check ever boat yard and
marina in a few day's passage. People who are active with the same
kind of boat can pick out a boat with your features in a very large
group. They will know a boat made in a given year with a given stripping
and canvis work in a given area puts the odd of being your boat to
maybe 1 in 10 or less.
The ham network could easily do the same thing. It's just that if the
boat walks you don't want to wait. After a couple of weekend they will
have had time to leave the country or repaint the boat.
My point is that there are so many false car alarms that I don't know
that people pay any attention to them anymore. If the alarms can't
be set off by the wind then you would have to jump and down to create
enough motion not to set it off.
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The Lo-Jack (formed from hijack) system depends on having police cars
with special direction finding equipment that can 'tell' the car's
Lo-Jack system to transmit and then home in on it. Unless they have
these direction-finders in patrol boats locally, it might not be
much use. The system is most useful, economically, where there are
a lot (tens of thousands+) of cars in a small area. OTOH, a few
large boats can add up to a lot of cars.
The best navigators are not always certain of where they are,
but they are always aware of their uncertainty. <unknown>