Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife
A convoy is NOT going to make you safe!/QUOTE]
wow. Great photo and a great point. I can only add that warships travel in a convoy for safety but the reason this works for them is they have tactics and fire power that each ship can bring to bear on a would be attacker.
In that photo, if each boat had a competent marksman and the approaching boat knew there was a no go zone around each craft or he will be fired upon then that may be construed as safety in numbers.
Wolves don't mind attacking a flock of sheep, that's called a target rich environment.
I think most sailors don't sail for the thrill of combat. Stay out of dangerous waters unless you have something better than a 'piracy plan', whatever the heck that is.
Convoys can also be used to maintain protection from a single warship. A single frigate, corvette (don't think we build those anymore), or CG cutter would have plenty of firepower to deter a pirate attack. If a cruising group could get 100 or so boats to travel in convoy, it might be economical (politically or $ wise) to use a single small warship for escort through the area. All it would take would is some organization and maybe some money from the cruisers to make that happen. I know I'd pony up a grand or so to transit the area safely.
Frankly, I don't know why this isn't already happening.