Originally Posted by seafrontiersman
Couldn't disagree with you more about the shotgun, it has four distinct advantages:
1. Great firepower at close range.
2. Relative simplicity and robust action.
3. Buckshot won't travel half a mile and kill somone.
4. The sound of someone racking a shell in a shotgun
scares the fertilizer out of bad guys.
I've done over a hundred boarding when I was with the Navy and I was issued a shotgun so I keep one aboard my little slice of heaven. I do agree about having a revolver though I personally use a .357.
Fair winds and following seas!
I should clarify. My boat (22') is small enough that stowing, retrieving, and then aiming a shotgun is a dangerous endeavor with two people onboard. If I were in the berth and just pointed it at the companionway, sure—I'd **** my pants if I were trespassing. I tend to bunk in the saloon, though, and prefer stowing the revolver under the chart table.
A friend has a 36', which I would feel much more comfortable stowing a shotty in.