Kynntana (Freedom 38)
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Re: Safety on board when sailing alone
I was thinking this thread might be about keeping on the boat while you singlehand, how to manage night/day watches alone, being able to do things using 3:1 purchase even if you don't have upper body strength. I seriously wasn't expecting it to be about needing to shoot it out with someone. I haven't read the posts, but have spent quite a bit of time on many of the Caribbean Islands, and I can tell ya, you're much safer there than many places in the US.
Do bad things happen to good people; yeah, no doubt, but overall, your fear is mostly misplaced. I live in Oakland, on a boat with homeless in abundance, a pot dispensary across the street, and lots of crime, but it was at my previous marina in San Francisco where I had to step around a dead body to get to my gate, had multiple broken windows in my car, and had to duck whenSF PD tried to shoot someone in pursuit who had stolen their police van. I think once you get out there you'll see the world is not such a scary place, even as a single woman. Just talk to any young European woman. They often spend their gap years traipsing all over the world by themselves. I think much of our fear is a cultural dogma that nearly paralyzes most Americans from travel except for "all inclusive" resorts. Shame, really...
[Post Script - I see you're from the South. I was raised there, too (and I'm a single female), but my mom was from France and dad was from Texas so I can relate to the fear, but not to the reality. I suggest you get out there a bit before you worry too much about it at this stage.]
Last edited by gamayun; 07-13-2017 at 12:03 AM.