There's a difference between expecting to get a couple hundred dollars and asking for $10,000,000...
Actually a rhetorical question there, SD.
But here's the thing. When you sail into third world harbours, especially the eastern coast of Africa/Madagascar, even owners of thirty foot vessels are viewed as very wealthy folks. You're dealing with some of the poorest economies on the planet. And resultantly you are fair game to thieves, etc.
And on the other side is the fact that many of these economies have currency where a few hundred US$ represent vast amounts of money in their currency - maybe they're just a little confused.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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