Go Back   Cruiser Log World Cruising & Sailing Forums > Cruising Forums > General Cruising Forum
Cruiser Wiki

Join Cruiser Log Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-02-2005, 07:53 AM   #29
Ensign
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 27
Default

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.
__________________

__________________
Baggywrinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2005, 02:07 PM   #30
Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 69
Send a message via MSN to Chetan
Default

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.
__________________

__________________
Chetan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2005, 11:12 AM   #31
Ensign
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 27
Default

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.
__________________

__________________
Baggywrinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
med


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boarding And Armed Robbery In Costa Rica Lighthouse General Cruising Forum 0 10-19-2010 05:44 PM
Armed at sea??? wolfgang General Cruising Forum 18 01-23-2007 12:36 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0