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Old 04-22-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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We don't plan on carrying firearms aboard while cruising, but we may take along archery gear (traditional bow with arrows) and we are wondering how much of a problem we will have while checking-in in various countries. Has anyone had any experience with this, or just send your thoughts.

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Old 04-22-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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Where do you plan to cruise?
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:05 AM   #3
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Hi David,

Many years ago I acquired a crossbow for cruising - British make , A Barnett - an early model fairly simple with a pistolgrip or shoulder stock - 100 lb pull - which was difficult to load. Once loaded it could fire a mean bolt ( which could take different heads varying from a simple tip to an expanding tri-section arrow, which on initial impact would expand to cause a wider area of damage; ie a bigger wound.) The modern Barnett is a very different weapon see Website

In visualizing the defensive use of the cross bow - I could see an advantage that at the time it did not appear to be illegal to have on a cruising boat. It certainly had enough power to fire a lethal projectile. BUT the inability to reload quickly made it a nonstarter as a good defensive weapon.

If it was a three hundred years ago - the trained English Bowman with his long bow could get off

an arrow every 3 seconds with a good range see: :Long Bow.

Unfortunately the long bow was around 6 ft long which means today using it from a defensive position on the average sized yacht would be difficult.

Today many countries regard Bows, Crossbows and Spearguns as potentially dangerous weapons and legislate for their possession and use. Therefore when cruising a check with the intended country's authorities is recommended.

Most Cruisers today have decided against firearms - for many good reasons - a search of our topics on the subject is rewarding.

As a defensive firearm on a yacht the stainless/steel short barrel Winchester pump action shotgun was voted the gun for the job.

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Old 05-01-2008, 04:00 PM   #4
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Where do you plan to cruise?
Almost anywhere... Since we are not "planning" so to speak, we are leaning toward and open-ended itenary and not limiting ourselves. My use of the bow would be recreational, not defensive. I suspect that it would certainly be destination specific; I suppose that I was trying to find out if others had done so, and what their experience was like...

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Hi, David.

I'm sure any restrictions would vary by country.

We've been to all but three of the Lesser Antilles, in the eastern Caribbean, and when clearing in were asked only if we possessed "firearms" or "ammuntion". In Bermuda, they ask about flare guns, as well, and in the Bahamas, I believe spear guns were of interest.

I would also guess that if a police officer saw you engagin in target practice with your bow and arrows on shore, he just might want to have a word with you.
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I have a nice archery set and would love to be somewhere warm and tropical firing off arrows as a recreation but what would the targets be?

I have a proper target but it is considerably bulky.

I was thinking of a polystyrene fender??? Any thoughts?
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As far as defensive weapon, I'm sure a large fire cracker, Rambo style would worry the baddies a bit...

On a serious note, I've used a polystyrene 3' square (but not styrofoam) as a target with both a recurve and compound. It's large enough to accept a paper archery target and this rubberised 2" foam works well at stopping arrows up to 60 pounds. My main problem has been finding something to fasten and prop the target against. I usually use straw bales, but soil banks could work well if they aren't too overgrown and free of rocks. Wood or logs will eventually wreck your arrows. If you aren't scoring for points, anything like an old plastic jug, etc will work. You could even duck tape 4 or 5 layers of cardboard together; at least that way you could get it for free and dispose of it before your next cruise.

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Wrist rocket slingshot w/ .50 cal lead balls...excellent stopping power...

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I use a fred Bear truth2 compound, Its small and compact with great hiting power, I tried mine to see how many arrows I could hit the target 3ftx3ft at 100 yards 5 arrows and they would have been all kills
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