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We have the typical companionway boards on our boat. We have cruised the East Coast and the Gulf Coast. Also the Bahamas. We usually leave the boards out, and all hatches open, giving us a comfortable climate inside the boat most of the time.

We just might make our way a bit further in the future. The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and who knows where else in the Caribbean?

Being from Texas, you'd think we have an arsenal of weapons aboard.....but no. No guns on our boat, believe it or not.

I've been reading Bruce Van Sant's Passages South. I kind of think that maybe a re-thinking of security might be in order. I have no way to lock myself in the cabin. We have a small lock on the boards to keep someone (honest people?) out when we are away. But no way to lock myself in, keeping the bad guys out. Sure...I'll be armed with the flare pistol when they are crashing through my companionway boards.

I believe that I saw a picture of Mark J's barrier, but can't find it. HELP....Do you have a way to keep the bad guys out when you are sleeping inside?



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Shouldn't be that hard to fashion a sliding bolt-type latch on your companionway slider? Seems the biggest problem is providing security without impeding ventilation, esp in the tropics.

Maybe Slocum's handfull of thumbtacks on deck is still a winner?? Just don't forget about them yourself...
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Oh.. and please be advised - in advance - if this becomes a gun thread it's straight to PRWG....
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Just give them everything they want and hope for their honor
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Oh.. and please be advised - in advance - if this becomes a gun thread it's straight to PRWG....
I'm not trying to stir things up. Just looking for other cruisers that have this figured out. I'm sure that I can come up with something, but surely someone has come up with a pretty secure way of accomplishing this?

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There was a thread a couple of years back that started out like this but quickly devolved into the usual. It had some good ideas early on, maybe including Mark's grill.
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I've seen a couple of solutions with metal grates in place of the hatchboards. You lock them in from the inside. I'll see if I can dig it up.
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Perfect....found what I was looking for on post #75. Thanks.

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Re: Personal Security Aboard

You could weld together a huge peace sign.... OUT OF GUNS!!!!

NO! Please don't lock the thread!

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