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.
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).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!