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You might want to Google Gasparilla images. Lots of pirate theme there, including pictures of the pirate ship that invades Tampa, FL every year.
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Walk the Plank!

But ya gotta add one, first.

https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/rwahlfel/w...iratePlank.htm
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Ditto the advice about the stuffed shirts. There's no proper way to be a non-conformist!

If you're going to be having anyone walk a plank, be tossed into the briny or be keel-hauled, make sure you've got an easy way to get back on the boat. Preferably something rigid, a rope ladder over the side can be pretty tough to climb.

Have fun!
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Hey maybe a big old pirates flag at anchor in Guatemala is all you need for security...Pirates were always knowen to be armed and dangerous...
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how about carving your own figurehead?

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add some belay pins, which come in handy, again they're pretty simple to do and can be added just below the first step of your ratlins

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Arrrr! Don't ye be pay'in no attention ta' the landlubbers. Ye can hoist a Jolly Roger anywhere ye likes. But, don't ye be a fly'in it aft nor above me Old Glory! Old Glory 'tis flown from 0800 'til dark. Ye don't need ta' be fly'in her if ye likes, 'cept ye be respect'in her...or I'd be runnin' ye through. I've seen many a noble soul lost to the causes She's flyin' fer.

Now, ye need ta' be askin' 'round fer help ta' be a savin' yer pieces o' eight. Me thinks yer local Coast Guard errr Yacht Club might be a willin' ta help so as they can use ye craft fer boat parades, or pluderin'...whichever ye likes. They may be a tellin' ye where ta' get ye rope cheap, 'sides a chanderly or hardware store.

As fer ye black decks...could be a damagin' yer Gelcoat, 'specially if'in ye be in lower lattitudes. Ye can fix it by covering ye decks wit' ye tarp when not engagin' in ye plunderous business. An', anythin' aloft 'tis sure ta' change the way she sails.

Take care o' Brethern o' the Coast, an' Fair winds wit' Followin' seas ta' ye also.

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You are Free to fly any novelty flag you wish, when I play pirates I prefer being one of the "good guys".
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Coincidentally, its coming up on National Talk Like a Pirate Day. The "organizers" have a website and have written a number of books on the Pirate Way. Maybe they have some suggestions for you.

The Official site for International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19
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Pirate flag

I was at the Isthmus (Catalina) a couple of weeks ago when some under 30 ft. Cal or Columbia pulled in with a 6 ft. pirate flag flying from a halyard. My teenage son said, "Here come the drunks". He was right of course. The boat was a pile, the people on board were plastered before noon, and they generally acted like morons. Nobody else was intimidated, and certainly not impressed with their self-proclaimed "saltiness". They just viewed them like the jerks they were. However, the entertainment value was great, especially when they left the next morning with their 4 hp outboard pushing them out of the harbor with their hook-on boarding ladder dragging in the water on the side of their boat held on by just one skinny piece of line. Now, this is just one person's opinion, of course, and "I'm just sayin"", but if you want to look like you're salty, learn to care for and handle your boat; if you want to look like a drunk hillbilly, get a pirate flag.

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