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There's also the fact that any knucklehead can figure out how to get a motorboat going, but you actually have to learn a few things to operate a sailboat. The fact that a sailor has gone through the trouble of learning how to operate her vessel probably means she also learned a bit about safety along the way.
you can say that again about knuckleheads and powerboats. there seemed to be a bumper crop, this year. I definitely think you nailed it on the head. knowledge and skill go a long way towards avoiding disaster. that's what natural selection is all about!

oh. that's really terrible of me. lol
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you can say that again about knuckleheads and powerboats. there seemed to be a bumper crop, this year. I definitely think you nailed it on the head. knowledge and skill go a long way towards avoiding disaster. that's what natural selection is all about!

oh. that's really terrible of me. lol
Where would the Darwin Awards be without natural selection?

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Looking for info and statistics on sailing incidents involving robbery and high-jacking, shady government officials molesting your boat or other people in general causing damage to cruisers. Weather and drowning is part of the game and risk, like rock climbing, but people don't shoot you too often when rock climbing. I want to show stats to friends and family that worry about us sailing with children in foreign waters. You got any info on that?
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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

Which foreign waters? Some destinations are safer than home, some aren't.
And so much depends on the preparation, attitudes, risk management, training, and behavior of the sailor.
Go to a dodgy neighborhood late at night on some Caribbean islands, get drunk, try to score illegal drugs, act arrogant, talk trash, insult the locals, flash a lot of cash... something bad just might happen. Read up about your destinations, make friends with locals, be sensible, keep a low profile, act sensibly, and the odds get much better.
As for shady officials, being informed and respectful of local customs goes a long ways. Values and customs differ throughout the world... which would be a wonderful thing for children to learn.
Now pick a place you might like to visit and read up on it in places like Noonsite.
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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

We've been unmolested for the past 16 years In Mexico, South Pacific, NZ, OZ, going Westward thorough Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines...Much safer here then anywhere your living.


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