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Re: Through the Panama Canal to Texas 2020-2021
Since you can't carry firearms and the "pirates" can, I don't see how travelling with a few other boats, especially under sail, is going to do much more than attract more attention. I sure wouldn't want to be sailing with a few other boats at night, especially if you were worried enough about being seen that you might want to run un-lit?
It might work to meet up in various anchorages, but each of us sail at different speeds and weather changes, so all meeting up as agreed can be problematic.
I doubt there's any way to get a worried family member to stop, but really, you can't live your dreams within the confines of someone else's fear, can you?
I think the piracy thing is so blown out of proportion, at least here in the Eastern Caribbean, it's hardly worth a side note in voyage planning. If you think it unsafe to go somewhere, then just by-pass it, group or no group.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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