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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 or the larger MC50 which won BEST IN TEST in Practical Boat Owner Magazine when subjected to an accelerated salt spray test simulating many years in a natural coastal environment. This marine grade padlock can be used on narrowboats or sea going […]

Can non-marine padlocks perform near the coast or on boats?

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

What is the best padlock for a boat locker?

The best padlock for a boat locker is one that can withstand harsh marine environments. The Abus 24 series is a range of discus padlocks made in marine-grade stainless steel. They are effectively a closed shackle design which helps to prevent people from using a hack saw to quickly cut it off as they might […]