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Piracy!!! Maybe i'll stay home?

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Hello my fellow yachties, just like to share a few thoughts with you about piracy, it seems to invoke strong reactions from those who beleive that the Gulf of Aden, Malacca straights etc, are full of evil brigands waiting to plunder and send you to Davey Jones locker.
Of course being robbed and threathened or in extreme cases being killed is a very serious matter but you are more likely to be attacked walking at night in any big city ( In USA probably shot)
Don't be put off by all the negative stories you here 99% of yachts transit these so called danger areas quite safely.


PS My cruising area is the Malacca straights
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It amazes me how many people say, "aren't you worried about pirates!? - they're out there, you know?" when they hear about our circumnavigation plans. I just smile and assure them that we'll be careful.
None of us gets out of here alive. Die living, or live dying. Fear is a choice.
how to avoid pirates

To me, the best way to avoid pirates is to stay away from payday and title loan offices. More difficult for some people is moving away from high-tax jurisdictions.

One other tip for avoiding the pirates: stay outside of the professional baseball stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Yes pirates attack unarmed ships such as the one the Israeli pirates attacked in International Waters the Med. this summer.
Problem is that Pirates are and always were heavily armed so if you want to try out the bullet proof capability of perhaps at most several inches of GRP feel free!
Anyway if you flaunt perhaps $100,000 of yacht in front of people who think they are rich if they have a bicycle! let alone an oil tanker or bulk carrier!
OHHH NOOO! Not another gun debate thread. :hothead Thanks to Mr Malaca for giving the heads up that the Indian ocean is not as bad as the news makes it sound. Somalia though ....... Sailing is not a safe sport. You may have a better chance of drowning, but human caused fatalities are agravating because they are preventable, (in theory).
Its better to die on your feet, then live on your knees.
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