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Re: Serious attack on cruisers in Haiti - Injuries
Capta I think in some ways it does relate. Fear is an excellent motivator and some political parties in USA like to profess terrorism as a huge threat to our safety. Just like some cruisers like to say pirates are a huge risk to our safety. If a person is sailing in certain areas the risk increases significantly but are still very low. The risk of terrorism to US citizens is virtually 0. Approximately 3500 U.S. citizens have died from terrorist attacks world wide in the last 20 years and most on one day. If I am attempting to reduce harm to the citizens of a country and I have limited resources I should quantify actual risks and allocate my limited money and labor to mitigate significant risk first. How many cruisers sailing the Caribbean die from heart attacks, skin cancer, drowning, influenza, mosquito transmitted disease and car accidents compared to pirates? What amount of time and resource should a captain allocate to the risk of death or injury due to piracy (petty theft/ strong arm theft on boats) cruising say the Bahamas. Quantify the true risk. We should be rational and quantify actual risks. The problem is that people are not rational they are rationalizers. If a captain takes a rifle, shot gun , hand gun etc the most significant risk is to the safety of captain and crew and innocent by standers. There are few situation where a gun will increase safety for anyone and many many more situation where it will significantly decrease safety. That is a fact rationalize all you want. The time, cost and effort spend traveling with guns on sailboats would be best spent on actually risk. Learn about weather routing, fire prevention, diesel/engine repair and maintenance, standing rigging inspection, learning to swim. etc etc etc. There is a whole lot of risk that are significantly more likely to affect the health and safety of crew then Pirates. Even capta where you are located and where you are cruising your risk of death or serious injury from pirates are very low compared to any number of other risk. Yes we should stick together and communicate where problems occur and have situational awareness of our surroundings but many folks take the risk way too far.
A similar argument could be made for carrying life raft. For the price of a life raft I could have an additional large trash pump. I could replace all the cheap sea cocks and cheap plumping fittings. We all do have limited time and resources we should quantify actual risk and mitigate actual risk and step back from our fear to do something that is actually productive.