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Re: Safety on board when sailing alone
Unless you want to spend a lot of time making lists of places you can't go, forget the firearms and the dog. Or any pets. Guns, especially pistols, are getting banned in more and more places every year, and what you learn now may well change next year. Same thing with animals really. Quarantines can be casual (Yah mon, just keep it on de boat, wink wink) or if you find that you're forced to detour for storm damage...Now it is 90 days in a quarantine kennel at five-star resort prices.
Guns, even flare guns, can be kept in bonded storage onboard, sometimes, along with precisely counted rounds of ammunition. At other times, you need to check them in--and may find they've been mysteriously used and not cleaned when you go to check them out. (As per a published article by a respected author a few years ago.)
There are MANY options that a web search or a visit to some alarm suppliers, including RV suppliers, can turn up for you. Heat sensors (IR), motion sensors (ultrasonic), webcams that optically detect motion and intruders, pressure mats for the floor, capacitive touch sensors that can tell when someone touches your stanchions or lifelines...there are a lot of uncommon but conventional security sensors that will be legal anywhere.
Add a "GDMF Loud Alarm" and strobes, manually triggered, to your mast, and the intruder will probably begone before you can pick up a radio to call for help.
Similarly, some forum members have taken the incredibly sensible approach of using a heavy grating to block off the companionway, instead of leaving it open. For that matter, I suppose a steel or aluminum boat (both can be problems in the tropics) would also be a high-security option.
And there are "weapons" ranging from a spray bottle with fresh ammonia, to an extra fire extinguisher, that are all conventional and legal--but they'll stock an attacker long enough for you to take firmer action.
And really, any martial arts studio should be able to teach you the basics of self defense. There are a number of lethal blows that require very little skill or confrontation. For that matter, even the NRA hosts regular "Don't Be A Victim" classes in UNarmed self defense, especially for women.
Why look for problems, like regulated guns, when there are so many other options that can do the job for you? Including, of course "Just don't go there." If someplace is on the State Department's warning list? Go elsewhere.
Last edited by hellosailor; 07-08-2017 at 04:01 PM.