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Originally Posted by kpgraci View Post

Convoys can also be used to maintain protection from a single warship. ...If a cruising group could get 100 or so boats to travel in convoy, it might be economical (politically or $ wise) .
Navy ships won't escort convoys because they have told yachts not to go through. So they can't then break their rules.
Also there are not enough navy ships to run convoys from the bottom of India and thats where the piracy is this year - the North Indian Ocean - not the Gulf of Aden so much.

Today the Dutch yacht Capricorn was captured (3 yachts in 2 weeks!) but were rescued by their surveyling security boat. This probably was more than a 'normal' cruising yacht and probably a 'super' yacht. (I put super in '' and my Bene 39 is more super! )

When we were in Oman there was one old tub of an ex-patrol boat manned by UK mercenaries. I had a good chat to them, but they were far out of our reach and were escorting tugs towing barges.
Certainly there would be money to be made, but at best there was only 100 boats going up that way last year, fewer this year and only geese with rocks in their heads next year. So it wouldn't pay. And that doesnt cover the idea of picking up the escort far south in the north Indian ocean... thats another 1,000+nms.

The problem is how do you tell some fishermen wanting to trade fish for cigarettes or booze, from pirates?
Our first approach by a skiff could have being doing that, but they could have been assessing our convoy for weaknesses.
They pulled right up to my boat and then actually stopped another boat before me and a NZ'er in a 75 foot steel boat tried to run the skiff down. That made the skiff skedaddle
After that incident some lame-brain in the convoy suggested I should have handed out cigarettes (to kill them slowly perhaps?). I wonder if he would make the same suggestion now?

My website has the fun and fravolity of our transit with potos
However I didn't fully go into the detail of the passage from the bottom of India to Oman. That was by ourselves and we knew the Somali's were going further and further towards India. We were on alert from half way and diverted up 200nms off the rumbline to miss an area that had 3 attacks in the previous few months.


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