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Re: Companionway bars
Bear spray is a legit option, but I'm not convinced it would be all that effective.
First, if you're locked down below (which you should be), the intruder has to be escalating the situation by trying to break in anyway. If they aren't, you should only be calling the authorities. You don't spray away, just because they are stealing stuff out of the cockpit. If they are trying to break in, knowing you're down there, your life is in danger for sure. My concern is, while one may be trying to kick your bars in, there are likely to be more than one and not all likely to be in range of the companionway. One gets really pissed off, while the others are now warned.
The only time you should attack an intruder, in any form, is when your life is in clear and present danger. You don't threaten and you don't use a display of force as a deterrent, as each of these could escalate the situation beyond what may have occurred, if you just stayed locked down below. When you threaten an intruder, they are now going to try to defend their own lives. However, when a boot is coming through your barred companionway, with you aboard, a potentially lethal response is both warranted and likely to be all that would drive others off the boat. I believe it wasn't until the intruder was stabbed that they departed Rainbow above.
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