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Re: Security on boat?
I note the thread OP has already omitted weapons as a measure of security. The idea of a dog to be an early warning can be very effective. I think that's the reason many have them in their homes too. As noted already, they can be very difficult to care for aboard and clear into other countries.
I do not agree that the many discussions we've had have come up with no methods. For starters, you want to avoid higher risk situations, such as being alone, or in high risk areas. When among many, the best methods are to secure your things and do nothing to unduly draw attention to your wealth. No doubt, the fact you own a boat can make your wealth notable, compared to a poor local. Nevetheless, don't leave valuable in sight or give the appearance of being an easy mark. Being able to secure yourself down below, while you invoke methods to draw extreme attention to yourself (lights, sirens, extreme noise) may be effective, if you have others around. Some have shown their purpose built metals grates for the companionway or hatches, should slow down the intruder. Maybe just make the next boat look like an easier target.
In the end, just avoiding solitude in high risk areas, probably lowers your risk to that of crossing the street.
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