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post #7 of Old 03-28-2007
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Firearms are generally a bad idea IMHO. Unless you are trained in their use and willing to use them, and suffer the consequences of that usage... I would highly recommend leaving them and the ballista at home.

Unless you can guarantee that you don't accidentally open fire on a friendly fishing boat, don't bring weapons along. Most countries frown on armed people/vessels in their waters... and a ballista or canon would qualify your boat as armed to most countries IMHO.

The other problem with guns on a sailboat is that they will be in an environment that is essentially very hostile towards guns and bullets. Rust, corrosion, water saturation are going to be problems on most cruising sailboats. On Mirabella, it might not be... but on a 28-60' sailboat, it probably will be.

Finally, you will generally be outgunned. Pirates often have multiple boats, with multiple guns on each boat, and in some cases larger weapons, like RPGs. Do you really think that you can win against those odds. Most pirates are not murderers... and are willing to let most boats go on their way after getting a few things to sell from them. However, if you fire upon them, or they find the weapons on your boat, your chances of getting killed have gone way up.

Finally, if you do get killed, your weapons will now be in the hands of pirates. Is that what you really want... to arm them with possibly better weapons than they'd have if you had left the guns at home???

I just don't see the sense in it or any real advantage to it. If you really want to deter the bad guys...there are non-gun required ways of doing it.

For instance, to discourage pursuit, pour 10 gallons of gasoline on the water and drop a flare on it... I can pretty much guarantee that they won't come through the flames.

There is some safety in numbers.... and there is much more safety in avoiding the areas that are prone to piracy.


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