Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: Best Security Measures at Anchor
Keep your decks clear of anything. I was in The Rio Dulce a few years ago when the couple was attacked at anchor for the Little outbaord hanging on the rail. He died, she suffered a machette strike to the neck but lived. That's just one of many story's I can tell. They had just bought the boat and were spending their first night aboard. When to you look at my boat all you see is boat. True, I'm a bare bones sailor and I don't have much more than hull, mast, sails and a modest dingy, but a lot of cruisers have so many gadgets mounted on the stern and deck they could never dis-mount it all to go ashore. Just be aware of your appearence. This goes back to the fancy dingy converstation, " A ship is known by it's boats" You look very rich in that fancy hard bottom inflatable and any poor fisherman on a bad day is potential pirate. After over 20 years of living and cruising in some of the poorest regions of South and Central America, belive me when I tell you, dress down. My wife and I have a house in Guanaja, Honduras where we spend the winters, We use a local made Panga to go to town for shopping, (town is a key off of the main Island.) the look on cruisers faces when they pull up to the run down, town dock in the fancy inflatable, and realize how much they stand out, is sadly funny. I feel for them because I know how they feel. There is a balance between looking a little ratty and not looking stupid rich.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 05-27-2012 at 11:01 AM.