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Old 07-02-2005, 07:53 AM   #29
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I don't know whether it was a Lee Enfield, but the late Sir Peter Blake challenged his assailants with a bolt action rifle and was shot dead for his trouble. His crew members, one of whom received a shot in the back, lived to tell the tale.

They will tell you, to a man, that had he not brandished that weapon

pride would have been deeply injured, and a few Omega Seamaster watches lost (they went anyway), this famous yachtsman, irreplaceable world citizen, husband, and father would be alive today.

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Old 07-02-2005, 02:07 PM   #30
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was just wondering why the general trend is that offense seems to be the best form of defense?

there is an understandable lack of enthusiasm at the thought of someone boarding a vessel that is not theirs and helping themselves to anything at all - even if it is something as insignificant as a shackle or some line. but its only logical not stake life or limb in the process of trying to protect "pride".

i actually wonder about some action of a more disuasive nature - perhaps a smoke screen that may be deployed, perhaps a water-jet / cannon... knowing the resourcefulness and inventiveness of the cruising community i am sure there are more alternative than the polar opposites we seem to be considering here - passive resistance or kill em all, and let god sort 'em out.

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Old 07-03-2005, 11:12 AM   #31
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Or a water pistol - they might die laughing.

Many years ago we were boarded by Indonesian militia in the Riau group. They were armed with rifles so rusty, I'm sure firing them would have blown the firers head off. As it turned out, we managed to exit that one a a cost of a few cartons of fags, a couple of bottles of scotch, and bruised egos.

Unfortunately weaponry is now plentiful and comparatively cheap. A person setting himself up in piracy is likely to be have sophisticated autmatic weapons. More to the point, he is likely to be adept and practised at handling these weapons.

By any military measure the firepower required to see off one or more persons thus armed is going to be beyond the scope of most yachts crews who, being by definition "amateur" are not likely to be as well trained or militarily co-ordinated.

Of course there are yachtsmen who have the necessary skills and confidence but they will be the exception. If someone thus equipped can be bothered with all the pallaver of 'cloaking' their weapons at every port of call, with the endless paperwork entailed, then jolly good luck to them. I am an ex-military person with active service behind me and, quite frankly I am firmly in the UN-armed camp.

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