One of the highly educated and trained policemen said they HAD to shoot him, because that (Olin type) flare gun could have killed someone, you know if it bounced and hit them in the confines of the building hallway. Honest, that's what he said, the flare could have killed someone, ate right into them.
to be fair, unless the policeman had experience of flare guns, I would have thought it a reasonable assumption to make.
FWIW in my limited understanding of these things, a proper Molotov Cocktail is not the same thing as a gasoline bomb. Professor Molotov's contribution is supposedly adding a chemical mixture outside the bottle, so that it first ignites and burns on impact--and does not require being lit with a rag before being thrown.
Molotov was a Soviet minister and the molotov cocktail was mockingly named in his honour by the Finns when they were using it to fight off the Soviets in 1939.
I imagine it's a dirty but effective additional level of defence when trying to fight off pirates from boarding your container ship, but a lot less useful and probably far more dangerous to yourself as a fire hazard on a sailing boat. In a somali pirate type situation any resistance like this is likely to make your death/rape/torture a lot more probable I'd imagine.
But keeping with nautical tradition, for a rough and ready way to tackle unwanted intruders on your boat how about a good old slung shot
/monkey's fist? They're illegal in loads of places, but I doubt they'd be recognised by many and could actually have a legitimate place on most boats.
Otherwise a simple cosh is suprisingly effective, easy to use and could be disguised in amusing ways if you have the imagination, or even the good old snooker ball in a sock
?! You won't have trouble in customs with that. The lack of visual deterrent in this case can be made up for by stripping to your waist, swinging said sock with snooker ball wildly round your head whilst repeatedly shouting "Who's the f***ng daddy?!" in your best Ray Winstone accent.
Aaah, all satisfying ways of bashing would be pirates brains out... almost as fun as killing zombies...
I'd imagine prevention is much better than cure in any of these cases, as in keep out of areas with piracy problems, keep up to date on local info and follow all precautionary measures that local authorities advise...