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Re: Beware..Pirates of the Caribbean

If you are planning a trip to Trini to Grenada or vice versa, it only makes sense to go at night anyway. If you leave Grenada an hour before dark you can get your gear up and settle in for the trip before the sun sets, as this is usually the roughest few miles of the trip. Depending on the speed of your vessel, that will put you at the Bocas del Monos at sunrise or a bit later to facilitate your entry.
Conversely, leaving Chaguaramas in the dark is quite easy after you've entered it a time or two so departing at sunset will put you in Grenada in daylight, too.
I doubt that these open boats would be able to find and board a yacht in the dark, but it wouldn't hurt to turn your AIS off.
Since all this is happening in daylight with sight of the Hibiscus rig, and they almost always have a support vessel standing by, it is time they got off their high, non-communicative asses and lent a hand, one would think. Does anyone have any idea how to contact the company headquarters that operates that rig?

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I hope that issue gets nipped in the bud. It will be really bad if that type of crime (armed boardings) spreads in the Caribbean.

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Capta, How long do you think the perps will get wise to the night travel strategy and adjust accordingly to take advantage of it?


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I have no idea if the rig folks are complicit or not, but I doubt they consider themselves a police force on the seas. Confronting an armed boarding takes a bit more than a good samaritan


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I have no idea if the rig folks are complicit or not, but I doubt they consider themselves a police force on the seas. Confronting an armed boarding takes a bit more than a good samaritan
So they should just keep ignoring these incidents that happen just a few miles away until and even after people start dying? Yeah, that sounds about right for a big corporation making millions.

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I don't think they are going to have much luck finding and boarding a small sailing vessel on anything but the brightest moonlit night. I certainly would be hesitant to approach a boat in the dark when I couldn't see what the occupants were preparing as a deterrent to boarding.
Chances are their luck will run out fairly soon anyway and they'll die drifting west w/o food or water, when their engine dies on one of these trips.

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So they should just keep ignoring these incidents that happen just a few miles away until and even after people start dying? Yeah, that sounds about right for a big corporation making millions.
Nothing to do with the "corporation". It's the human being on the boat that you're asking to go out and confront the guys who are obviously aggressive. The probably want to get home to their family too. What exactly would you have them do to intervene? Relaying a call to a security force would be expected, of course. But, I presume it would be way too late.

I'm presuming these are just boat drivers and not professional security.


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I'm not sure of the legality of asking the corporation to provide armed security to police the area.

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