Originally Posted by Newport41
I have to admit that there are places that I won;t cruise with women on board. It's a lot easier to give up your boat than girfriend/wife/daughter. I know that the whole issue of pirates gets a lot of attention because it has a certain fear and excitment attached to it but many more sailors go missing because they fall overboard or contract an illness.
Not an option: the wife is the co-captain, and like many short women, she's a nasty piece of work in her own right, particularly when challenged.
Convoy is definitely an option, and a good one, but it does have all the problems associated with that mode of travel: only as fast as the slowest boat; different levels of seamanship; hard for non-pros to stay in convoy; hard to stay in contact in dirty weather and/or at night; tons of radio chatter and so on.
Seems unsporting, I suppose...but the alternative is worse.
As for pirates, the problem is staying aware of trouble spots as they develop. Take this item from today's Noonsite.com:
Sri Lanka was low on the list of trouble spots until now, and was definitely a place I wanted to visit. Maybe this circ will be spent more at sea than we thought. Obviously, this French boat was armed and unconcerned about demostrating that.
Anyway, this is the sort of crap I do tend to worry about, because you never know how far the local fisherman/shakedown artist will push things. Maybe I need to get a great big external speaker horn, and patch in local navies to yell at locals who pester or attempt to board us for "cigarettes".