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I think the key is to know the risks and know your own risk tolerance, then you can enjoy those spots that meet your own criteria. Chacun a sa preference!
If a lone nut like John Hinckley can walk up and shoot the President of the United States, with a full Secret Service security detail whose only job was to keep that from happening, you pretty much know it can happen to you.I live in one of the countries mentioned as one of the most dangerous....having said that being on the run every day here is a part of life, especially in some areas...that doesnt mean however one second that if someone is determined to want to rob you, or kill you that he wont be able to...no mattter what you think you have to avoid it...be that a gun, and armored vehicle, or a bullet proof vest
you are kind of kidding yourself if you think you can avoid that
having said that rebarding a BOAT and cruising
of course there are plenty of things to make the boat less breakable and harder to get into...stronger safer...but as a cruiser what are you going to go to sleep in an anchorage with a vest on? or fully equipped to go into battle?
I think not
just be vigilant, prduent and most places will be fine...if not just pull the anchor and sail into the sunset to the next place
Hmmm, speaking of Brazil...Sure. One was in Natal. Reported by the French boat 'See You Later Alligator'. I hope to see a crew member from the other boat tommorrow. If I do I will report back.Originally Posted by copacabana View Post
Boroko, do you know where these events occurred in Brazil? I've never heard of a case involving sailboats anywhere on the coast south of Rio and only a few cases that occurred in Bahia. The Amazon on the other hand ....
Yes, I have heard the southern Brazilian coast is much safer... bur one needs to transit the risky north coast to get there from the Caribbean.
exactly! even in the best cities, towns or countries there will be always a bad place or bad person or groups of persons...thats why general stats are of no help
so when I see people saying ahh the murder rate in mexico is what makes me not want to go there is to me, NONSENSICAL
as a cruiser that is
Jon, this is unfortunate news indeed. Cruisers are advised not to anchor out in Fortaleza, but to stay in a marina. There are a few other "hot spots" in the northeast of Brazil as well and the Amazon is not without risk. A little information gathering ahead of time is essential for cruisers arriving in Brazil. That said, the southeast and south of Brazil are perfectly safe for cruisers. I have never locked my boat and have never heard of an attack on sailing boats (there have been a few robberies involving expensive power boats however).