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Old 07-27-2021, 11:35 AM
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This past weekend I realized when I was putting the ProStar away that I had used my X25 key to run the boat. So I held the 2 keys together to compare the key pattern and they were indeed the same. Which actually is kinda handy in my case.

I always assumed that there were a lot of different key codes. Is this just a coincidence that I happen to have 2 boats with the exact same key pattern? Or are all keys the same? Or there are only a few patterns such that this coincidence isn't that crazy?
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Old 07-27-2021, 11:37 AM
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I had heard at one point years ago that there were only a handful of different keys, so this doesn't sound surprising. Perhaps we need to kill this thread for loss prevention purposes
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Old 07-27-2021, 11:38 AM
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I think there were like 4 or 5 keys back in the day. Those keys are there only to keep the honest, honest.
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:33 PM
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I think there were A,B,C and D keys. I know I have two A keys i'm gonna sell soon.
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:53 PM
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What good would more keys do?

Give me about 3 feet of wire with 2 alligator clips and a screw driver, wire from the positive post of your starter to the hot side of the coil and cross the hot post on your starter to the post where the key switch wire comes from and I can drive your boat all day, even if the gauges aren't on the engine doesn't know the difference, I've energized the run position and I've fired the starter up and therefore its a drivable boat. Not even a steering wheel lock.

My local marine parts store has a rack of precut keys, does every Yamaha, OMC, Mercury, Honda, and most sierra/aftermarket ignitions on the market - they don't even have a key cutting machine.
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:10 PM
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Not sure why the discussion has turned towards boat security and theft. I didn't make any statement in my post about this being anything other than good for me. The intent of the post was simply to learn if there are many or few key patterns.
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:13 PM
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Give me about 3 feet of wire with 2 alligator clips and a screw driver, wire from the positive post of your starter to the hot side of the coil and cross the hot post on your starter to the post where the key switch wire comes from and I can drive your boat all day, even if the gauges aren't on the engine doesn't know the difference, I've energized the run position and I've fired the starter up and therefore its a drivable boat.
Why not 6” of wire and two alligator clips to jump at the key switch, then all your gauges, radio and everything will work all day. On older boats that is a 20 second deal, and on newer ones, maybe 5 mins.

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Old 07-27-2021, 02:26 PM
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Not sure why the discussion has turned towards boat security and theft. I didn't make any statement in my post about this being anything other than good for me. The intent of the post was simply to learn if there are many or few key patterns.
This happens quite often where someone will offer more information or some fun facts. Sorry if you were somehow offended.
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Old 07-27-2021, 02:44 PM
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Lots of keys are very similar. Several models of cars can be started with "jiggler" keys which are keys that fit in the ignition but have their tips filed down a lot. A car thief puts the jiggler key in and jiggles it and the ignition will turn. My supervisor found that out the hard way, twice.
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Old 07-27-2021, 02:57 PM
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Very few key variations. I've been on the hunt for "C" key. I bought one from the dealer and it was $25.00. I took it back the next day and told them I am not able to live with myself for paying $25 for a key.

Just be glad you didn't post a Ford vs Chevy question!
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