Ok What if I see 3 guys in a boat going from boat ( maybe yours) to boat with a crowbar popen hatches and putting stuff in there boat going to another sailboat ??
Lots of responses but not sure if you getting an answer!
Sadly, I don't have an answer either...
Nobody likes to hear it but the authorities are there to do the paper work and clean up the mess, not to protect you. People argue this all the time but there are too few authorities, too much area, and too many criminals for it to be any different. So, your best bet is to take the appropriate precautions to avoid this situation. For example; do not anchor alone or in a known problem area, don't leave desirable targets in plain sight and/or unlocked, and so on. Even with all that done, someday it will still happen. Yes, obviously, turn the lights on, make noise, get on the radio/cell phone, and then the rest is up to you. Is you're kayak worth your life? Is your neighbors boat worth your life? In most cases, no. So, hiding is an option. However; in my opinion and depending on the situation, this is a very poor response. Often times making noise and shining a light on the problem will make the problem go away (petty thieves) - it could also get you shot. I suspect a hundred individuals would come up with a hundred different responses to the scenario - probably rightly so. A thief may well react differently to a small, older woman standing on deck pointing a light at them (viewed as harmless) than they would if it were a young, gorgeous babe in a bikini (rape target) or a large, ugly male holding a shotgun.
I guess that's all just the long way of saying that the response is up to you and your read of the scenario. I'll probably do all the above, start waving a weapon (fishing pole, spear gun, cooking pan, firearm, wasp spray, etc…) and hope I never run into the six guys that are strung out on dope and interested in killing for sport. When that happens, I'll just hope it is quick.
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EDIT: Ha! I just re-read the OP's question - my response has little to do with it. Sorry....