Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Currently in Savannah,GA
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I have a some what different take on the firearms issue.If an intruder were to break into my house in the middle of the night,I wouldn''t be hunting a baseball bat to deal with them.I keep guns in my house for protection of my family, and myself. I see my boat as my second home.I would think that if pirates really wanted to board your boat, it would take more than "A spear gun, machette, rigging knife, mace, epoxy (that IS nasty stuff),or even a boat hook" to stop them. IMO,what it really boils down to is how willing are you, to bet your life that some deviant is going to leave you alone on a yacht worth thousands of dollars after they rob you,while out in a great big ocean. I believe it was the talk show 20/20 that did a story on modern day piracy,and how ruthless these people are. One single-handed sailor had a couple of men approach his boat off of the Mexican coast asking for water. He had been cutting some bread down below prior to their approach. He went down below to get some jugs of water for them,and when he turned around they were on him attacking him with his knife. He struggled, but they slit his throat,and threw him overboard for dead. They then took his boat,with all his earthly belongings.Luckily, the man did survive the attack,and drifted ashore to a small island.There were other similar stories.Nope, the biggest issue I have with carrying a gun aboard isn''t whether I would use it or not if threatened,it''s all the legalities different countries have concerning carrying a gun on board.I''m no Rambo,nor do I take the responsibility of using a gun lightly.I''m just a guy that grew up on "the rough side" of the tracks,and I believe I have a pretty good understanding of the mentality of the types of people we''re talking about.When I do take off cruising full time, I''ll spend some time studying the laws of other countries were I intend to go.Then I''ll make a decision on what''s right for me.