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Can we get a weatherproof combination padlock for the storage boxes on our boat?

We have some storage boxes on the roof of our narrowboat which are used for items we do not need everyday. Although it does not need to be high security, we do need to lock them off, especially when we are away from the boat. We really want to avoid having keys if we can […]

Can a “non marine” padlock perform near the coast or on a boat?

The short answer is usually no! A non marine grade lock would rust and seize up very quickly around salt water. However, top end manufacturers, like ABUS and Abloy, often make their non-marine locks to such a high standard that they can be used on boats and salty environments with great effect! We often have […]

What is the best padlock for a boat locker?

Answer: ABUS 24ib/50 The ABUS 24 is a range of discus padlocks which are marine grade stainless. They act as a closed shackle design to stop people from using a hack saw to quickly cut off normal stainless padlocks. ABUS are the only manufacturer with the technical ability to make a disc lock so small […]