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Do you carry firearms while cruising?

I don't even own a BB gun, but just wonder if any of you carry guns while cruising to unfamiliar ports?

What kind do you carry? handgun, shotgun, machine gun?
Where ?
1. when cruising within U.S. water?
2. Caribbean?
3. Around the world?

I have met a sailor who circumnavigated the world a few times in his 17 years living in his boat. He told me that he never carry firearms. He said guns bring more trouble with the local authority. But the time has changed. How to protect yourself and your love ones.


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Do you really want to do this?

I suggest that you search the archives for previous "discussions."

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A 50 millimeter flare gun becomes a pretty fearful weapon when pointed directly at someone at close range but you only get one shot and it won't deter someone that really wants to come aboard and do harm.

No, I don't carry any other weapons.


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I don't even own a BB gun, but just wonder if any of you carry guns while cruising to unfamiliar ports?

What kind do you carry? handgun, shotgun, machine gun?
Where ?
1. when cruising within U.S. water?
2. Caribbean?
3. Around the world?

I have met a sailor who circumnavigated the world a few times in his 17 years living in his boat. He told me that he never carry firearms. He said guns bring more trouble with the local authority. But the time has changed. How to protect yourself and your love ones.
Speaking only for myself, If I thought carrying a gun in US or Canadian waters were at all necessary, I'd move to rural Idaho and circle the wagons. I know of three different boatloads of friends and aquaintances currently circumnavigating. None are carrying weapons, nor do they ever plan to.
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Yep, do a search. I think it's all been said before, multiple times.

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Times have only changed in the gulf of aden. All I have changed is my plan before which was "I doubt I want to sail through the Suez canal" to my new plan which is "I will NOT sail down the red sea."

I would love to carry firearms, it would make me feel more secure as do my bilge pumps, fire extinguishers and as an EPIRB would. Unlike the other items mentioned, firearms are a huge hassle, so I don't bring them to avoid the hassle.

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No firearms because we go into Canada and it's a hassle. I am going to get a Bear Banger though when we stop somewhere up there that has a sporting goods store so I can carry something better than the flare gun when we go on hikes.

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Guns

I own 'em. but never carry.
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