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Which outdoor combination padlock is best for boat storage?

The best outdoor combination padlock for securing boat storage is the Shield MC40. This marine grade padlock can be used on narrowboats or sea going vessels. With a shackle of 34mm inner height and a diameter of 6.5mm it would fit many storage boxes, making it ideal for securing everyday items, especially when away from […]

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 […]