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Non-Firearm Piracy Deterrents..

The "firearms" thread is a sea of politics, testosterone, and powdered donut residue, and all I really care about is the piracy deterrent angle.

Given that having a firearm aboard is more trouble than its worth, due to local laws and customs and being outgunned and whatever else, what are some other ways to ensure the safety of your boat? Someone mentioned throwing a bunch of thumbtacks on their cockpit at night, almost assuredly in jest, but it got me thinking. What are the other options?

Does anyone have any experience with electrifying their top lifeline, with a capacitor that charges off of a DC 12V system?

Are there any records of someone repelling pirates with mace?

What weaponry passes the "firearms" test that might work? Spearguns? Big flare guns?

I'm not worried in the least about pirates in my normal sailing grounds, but I might have an opportunity to move to Thailand next year, and that seems like it'd be a lot more ripe for petty crime.
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