The Dock-N-Loc installs on the steering mechanism of boats with an outboard engine(s). The engine(s) is turned to one side and the Dock-N-Loc is then installed over the exposed steering piston. Once installed the Dock-N-Loc disables the steering of the boat which prevents a thief from driving the boat off.
No, the Dock-N-Loc will not fit all boats. It was made to fit boats with outboard engines that have either front mount hydraulic steering or side mount mechanical or hydraulic steering. The Dock-N-Loc cannot be installed on boats with inboard engines or boats with a tiller mount outboard engine (i.e. the boat is steered using the outboard engine such as a small jon boat or dinghy). The Dock-N-Loc cannot be installed on Mercury Verado® L6 engines with electro-hydraulic steering. It can be installed on Mercury Verado® L4 engines with standard Seastar® Teleflex hydraulic steering.
The easiest way to determine if your boat has a steering system that can be used with the Dock-N-Loc is to look through the photo gallery on this website. The gallery shows the Dock-N-Loc installed on front mount and side mount steering systems. If your boat’s steering is the same or similar to one of these then the Dock-N-Loc will fit it.
The Original Dock-N-Loc and the Dock-N-Loc Pro Salt Water are made of stainless steel for corrosion resistance. The Dock-N-Loc Pro Fresh Water is made of carbon steel. Carbon steel was used in order to reduce the manufacturing cost. All Pro models of the Dock-N-Loc are completely covered in Polyarmor (see below).
To protect the steering mechanism of your boat from nicks or scratches the Dock-N-Loc is coated with Polyarmor®, a plastic like coating. Polyarmor® has excellent impact resistance, is petroleum and chemical resistant and has excellent ultra violet (UV) protection. One of the common uses for Polyarmor® is on the face masks of football helmets. To provide additional protection to the steering mechanism the Dock-N-Loc also uses a closed cell PVC foam which is also petroleum and chemical resistant.
Included with the Dock-N-Loc is a stainless steel disk lock which, like all of the other materials used on the Dock-N-Loc is corrosion resistant.
Yes. Most boats with multiple engines have a single steering mechanism on one engine (the master) and then have the other engine (or engines) slaved to the master. In this scenario it is only necessary to install the Dock-N-Loc on the master engines steering. If your boat has multiple outboard engines with multiple outboard steering mechanisms then it may be possible to install multiple Dock-N-Loc’s. Even with multiple steering mechanisms the engines will be slaved together to ensure that they all track together when steering. How the slave arms are installed between the engines will determine whether multiple Dock-N-Loc’s can be used. In this scenario we suggest that you buy one Dock-N-Loc, determine how well it will fit on each of the steering mechanisms and then buy additional Dock-N-Loc’s as necessary.
No. The original Dock-N-Loc uses a 2 3/8″ stainless steel disc lock with a 5/16 shackle and any lock with a 5/16″ will work on it. The Dock-N-Loc Pro uses a 2 3/4″ stainless steel disc lock with a 3/8″ shackle. Because of the shackle guards on the Pro model only a 2 3/4″ disc lock will work (but any manufacturer / model may be used). The lock that is included with the Pro model is a very good lock. It is stainless steel with a stainless steel shackle. It also has a key hole cover to keep the weather out and folding keys that prevent them from breaking off in the lock should the lock be hit or dropped with the key in it.
Yes you can tilt the engine(s) on your boat with the Dock-N-Loc installed. However, we suggest that the first time you tilt the engines with the Dock-N-Loc installed you do so cautiously to ensure that the Dock-N-Loc does not come in contact with any surrounding objects such as the boat transom, fuel lines, hydraulic steering lines, etc. Boat Security Products, LLC will not be responsible for damage done to the boat, transom, hydraulic steering mechanism, outboard engine(s) or any other associated component for failure to heed this caution.