Originally Posted by camaraderie
For me...the inconvenience has led me to the M&M defense....Mace and Machete's! Won't cover every possible situation but the incidence of fire-arm bearing boarders in most places is extremely small and I stay away from places that have any reputation for violent crime.
It's hard to know at the start of a five-year circ just how that "reputation" thing is going to play out.
Yes, I am aware that the firearm issue is extremely problematic. As a Canadian, our gun laws are stricter than those of the U.S., but nowhere near as strict as many other places. And as someone with a brother-in-law on an ETF (SWAT to some) squad, I have any amount of actual firearm advice and I daresay choice. The gun, unless I go to the expense and legal trouble associated with buying the thing in "legal" countries and chucking it into the drink on final approach, is an unlikely option away from North America.
The flare gun-as-chastiser idea is just that: an idea, a middle ground between trying to kill a boarder and putting up my hands to three guys with fish knives after our rum and wallets. We have discussed such things as cross-bows and even recursive bows, which would come in handy for firing messenger lines to other boats or ashore, or even certain forms of fishing/hunting. Most everyone I know has small axes and/or machetes by the companionway, and I carry a six-inch knife and a four-inch rigging knife and a multitool most times I'm aboard, but the idea is to discourage them from ever getting aboard in the first place.
Our new-to-us boat is steel: I would have no hesitation ramming some Third World dory if they made a move, while calling on all frequencies for help. But that too, is a last resort.
Maybe I can electrify the deck?