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I agree with Rikhall, why waste the rounds when a few quick knife slashes will do. And the knife will make a bigger hole -- for faster sinking....

If it’s just a “rubber raft” it probably has no engine, so some one the sport fisherman should put some weight in the raft before slashing both sides.

(Rafts, or inflatable dinghies usually have multiple air compartments. You’ve got to slash them all and weight it to make it sink.)
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They've got a whole bunch of friendly folks who will be glad to spend all day on the phone with you explaining what happens on gray ships and with a little encouragement, they'll even find a way to put you on board one so you can observe it firsthand.
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Sounds like adaptation of the story about Russian sailors and Somali pirates.

If so, the freeboard is way too high to slash anything with the knife. A few bursts of a machine gun are quite a bit more certain and no one is around for 100 nm.
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The machine gun seems to make sense considering, and I also concur that such a boat would not have davits, a crane would be perfectly acceptable. I would assume if they are offshore, the raft will ahve some type of motor for propulsion and this can be enough weight to sink it. Or make it even more fun, and have there be a gas can in the raft which explodes!
I would say read some nautical literature, pick up some terminology from exposure, and don't hesitate to ask people in the know if you really care about accuracy. It will be wonderfully refreshing to see something really accurate come out.


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Just in the little bit you posted, I thought, In modern times, a tramp steamer would the last thing a mule would use, hell, even in 3rd world counties, the mules have better equipment (boats) than the local authorities; if this was back when a steamer was still a viable mode, then you have the problem with the sportfisher with powerful engines, they weren't around.

I guess it would help if we knew the era this was playing out; Screws and green glows may be proper terminology in a story taking place in the 40's / 50's where props, amber glow and bad-ass chicks from Hooters would be more suited in modern times

But then, I'm no playwrite




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No dialogue?
Just distracts people from enjoying the violence.
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Ok, I'll bite. I'm not sure you're on the path to winning any Oscars here, but I think we should be a friendly bunch.

The things you use to hoist a dinghy out of the water are davits.

A naval architect might call it a screw, but normal people call it the prop.
"Davit" it is. Thank you.
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Opening credits are rolling.
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Just in the little bit you posted, I thought, In modern times, a tramp steamer would the last thing a mule would use, hell, even in 3rd world counties, the mules have better equipment (boats) than the local authorities; if this was back when a steamer was still a viable mode, then you have the problem with the sportfisher with powerful engines, they weren't around.

I guess it would help if we knew the era this was playing out; Screws and green glows may be proper terminology in a story taking place in the 40's / 50's where props, amber glow and bad-ass chicks from Hooters would be more suited in modern times

But then, I'm no playwrite




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LOL! TKS for the mention of amber instead of green! Thanks to you, I dodged another potential bullet because it's set in present time. I'll exchange "prop" for "screw" now. Thanks for that too.

A sport-boat picks up the drugs, brings it ashore upriver to a mansion, and for the next five minutes things blow up (including the sport-boat and a police launch), bunches of people get killed and the budget wrecked.

The working title, BTW, is "The Dime." The lead is female and attractive - for a lawyer - but a "Hooters Girl," I don't think so, darn it.

Since I'll never meet most of the readers (an industry title) reading this thing, if one of them knows anything about boats and spots an error, my creditability takes a hit. They look for any reason to trash scripts anyway.

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