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Self defense is not just using guns it is a state of mind
My condolences to the family of Ken Peters. I have heard that this area has lately become dangerous. There was no way that Ken was able to avoid that attack since he thought they were friendlies.
VZ has gotten more dangerous due to the extreme poverty that some suffer and the luxury goods that cruisers have on them.
Sailors shoud be wary of approaching boats of criminal intentions. If the criminals can not board then they can not steal. I have heard the use of electric fenses and the need for watches to prevent theft while anchored.
Sailors and cruisers are friendly people and used to being approached with no ill intent. However that is changing in a lot of areas so being more watchful and wary is needed.
My admiration for Steve in reacting fast enough to prevent further injuries to their wives. The use of a shotgun is the commonly used defense weapon against robbery.
However in Somalia that is insufficient and more creative methods are needed.
Sailors unlike CCW holders in the States have to deal with port regulations that severly restrict the armament that can be carried on board. Shotguns are about the only allowable weapon in the Carribean.
Most countries have severe restrictions on guns that come in by boat and since yachts have to come into port sometime the storage of guns is a problem.
But yachters do have be aware that in many situation they are the only ones capable of saving themselves and that also means from robbers, rapists and pirates.
I personally used to travel by yacht in the US up and down the eastern seaboard in the 1970s and we had shotguns for sport and skeet not for defense, onboard with no problems. But we did not carry then when we went to the Bahamas.
So think carefully about the decision to carry weapons and research the port regulations of your intinerary. Sail safely.
Carry if you want but besides robbery and piracy you have the additional problem with the local law if guns are regulated.
Again condolences to the Perry family and hope that Steve recovers quickly.