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Pirates and defense
Sailnaway, I''m really glad you posted this topic. The firearms thread seems to have really polarized and stalled out on the should-I-carry/shouldn''t-I-carry issue. Nonetheless, people want to protect themselves and their property from bandits, burglars and pirates.
Maybe the same technology one uses for one''s own home is one way to approach this. I have a burglar alarm in my house with a very loud alarm. My company has a cell phone backup system but it is not appropriate for travelling. While I''m not aware that there is any comparable alarm company for boats (might be a good idea), Radio Shack sells home alarm componemts which can easily be installed. SSBs and EPIRBs can be employed for boats in life and death emergencies.
And when I used to camp for long periods of time in the forests of Oregon, I used a perimeter system consisting of specially-made noise-makers linked together by string. Each alarm was a spike with a recepticle for a .223 cartridge (bullet removed) and a firing pin activated by a pull string. I intended it to warn against intruding people, dogs, bears, etc. though it was never triggered. It occurs to me that these could be set up into the top lifeline to go off when someone tries to board. The gun shot sound and flash might be enough alone to scare off even an armed intruder. If not, it should give the cruiser enough time to grab whatever he wanted, whether it would be a gun, flare gun, pepper spray, bang stick, or throttle.
A trip system could also be used to activate a number of high-intensity spot lights to blind and light up the intruders.
I''m not sure, but showing a shotgun to an approaching boat 100 yards away might make thugs decide to shoot first. As they say, don''t pull it unless you use it. And besides, it''s a very unpleasant for those who simply wanted a cup of sugar or conversation.
For me, a burglar alarm, flash-bang trip alarms and bright lights would make me feel much safer than engaging in any shoot-out.
I''m sure that there are many other ideas out there as well.