Ease my paranoia, Storage solutions

K PierreR

Well-Known Member
I am having too many negative thoughts about taking my E Fatbike aboard my boat. All I envision is pain-in-the-ars solutions and theft. For one, I have never let my E bike out of my sight, such as at a store. This bike would suddenly be my primary transportation and out of my sight when doing business.
Outside storage of the bike on the boat would be above salt water in the winter and fresh water in the summer and I don't want to put the bike inside the boat where it would be in the way. I also don't want to extensively disassemble it every time I store it. I have visions of batteries ending up in salt water.
Right now, I am thinking of a POS bike for the stores and partial disassembling my E bike and store it in the deck box but that is not what owning an E bike is all about. All of this did not occur to me as I bought the boat. I don't want to give up my Fat E Bike. The beaches await. Tell me it's doable.
I secure my ebike with a cable to power poles, cart racks, live electrical conduits, gas meters, tall signposts, metal ladders hundreds of times a year. This is at stores, restaurants, churches, concert venues, medical offices, my back yard. It is out of my sight while I shop, eat, listen, get examined, or watch TV while it charges outside. Bike cost $1500 battery $630 first motor $221. I've had bike electrified 4 years. The SS cable cost $80, the lock $53. So far my losses are 1 rear light stolen, 1 rear light vandalized in attempted theft, two tires stabbed after frustrated theft, one tool box stolen with tools, 2 screws partially loosened twice (the wrong ones) in attempts to steal my battery. I admit stretch cargo bikes in girly green don't have the street resale value of fat tire MTB's with purple wheels.
I'd worry most about what to secure it to on the boat. Boats don't have a lot of secure metal tethers. The anchor? The winch? A metal mast?
I'd also worry about waves going over the boat in big storms. Happens, read Horatio Hornblower. A little salt water on the battery, it's trash. Use a tarp tied down securely. Fresh water, rain, it rains 220 days a year here. My bike is caught outside a lot. I only use a tarp at my summer camp. I oil the steel parts biweekly. So far the toll is one controller + motor destroyed by pins burning into the motor harness. Don't buy an ASI controller, the pins are too close together to use anywhere but a desert. One front headlight, a niterider 250, was shorted out by rain inside the pannier. Front headlight now rides in bag in a peanut butter jar. Throttle shorted out by rain 6 to 10 times but renews function after couple of dry days or the hair dryer treatment. I carry a grocery bag+rubber band to put over throttle in the rain now. My home built battery box has been proof positive against rain getting into the battery. Wrapped in white foam, wrapped in a (green) garbage bag, taped, wrapped in aluminum angle, 22 screws, wires point down to a drip loop as they exit the back of the bag. My connectors are separate Dorman .250" insulated flag terminals. Upgrade from an XT90 OEM that my end fell off the wires to the controller.
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Talked to someone today that had their e bike tip over on the dock and go in the salt water. The retrieved the bike within a couple of minutes but the battery started to catch fire a minute or two after they got the bike out. They tossed the bike back in the water and took it out an hour later to a total loss. My electrics would be a total loss, but the bike would survive. For now, the bike can stay in the car, and I will ride a dinosaur bike.