Dreaming of the sea
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Iraq, for now
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I haven't been reading up on piracy too much as I don't own a boat yet and am currently in the middle of a desert, but I do deal with anti-terrorism training for personnel traveling overseas. I see this as no different from being back in any city in the US. There are places you just don't go unless you have a specific reason for being there. If you do go, you make yourself into a "Hard Target." This means nothing more than looking tougher than the next guy. Think risk vs reward. Pirates, for the most part, are not terrorists because they are not trying to influence a government. They are running a business. If you wait until you can travel with a group of like minded sailors, can be visibly alert, etc, you may have a better chance then going alone.
Guns are excellent, if you have the proper mindset and training to use them effectively. Remember though, trying to hit someone on a bobbing boat while you are on another, moving and bobbing boat is extremely difficult even for people who train constantly. Remember, guns are a tool, the mind and judgement are the weapon.
IMHO, don't go if you don't need to or just except the risk. Have fun.
Last edited by geordy; 01-26-2010 at 06:11 AM.