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Old 18-06-2016, 04:12   #211
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Re: Piracy In Gulf of Aden

Absolutely you can go the south Africa route but it's along way round to Europe if that's where you want to go. I know three boats that did it this year, left from where I am now Padang, two of them had the most uncomfortable passage of their circumnavigation so far. It comes down to what your goals are.

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Old 18-06-2016, 05:17   #212
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Thanks for sharing the story WildWill but it seems like a lot of reckless decisions were made by the skipper.

BTW, I received a quote from Cosco to ship a 50ft boat from Jebel Ali (UAE) to the Red Sea (Saudi) for less money than the fuel, crew and airline tickets would cost. Plus having to take time off of work.
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Old 18-06-2016, 05:49   #213
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When Somalis come at you, they do it fast and from all directions. You will be looking them in the eye at less than a boat length away. Your ability to shoot beer cans at 300 meters is meaningless.

Go ahead, slap yourself on the head again for me skippy. With 10,000 posts, you must be one heck of a sailor.
Since you ask, for the last few years no I haven't done much, only a couple thousand miles but I have been working full time and working on a restoration of my current boat. Before that I did manage to do a tiny bit of boating but it was only 25,000 sea miles and that was poorly done since I had to do it all with paper charts and a sextant.

Might I suggest again that if one can't hit a passive target then one has little chance of hitting an aggressor that's shooting at you. Standard part of military training but that concept seems to escape you.
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Good luck hitting anything with an AR at 300m from a pitching deck.

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Just wonder how many who plan to clean the decks of an attacker at sea have ever fired a gun off a boat a single time, for any reason.
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I hear some up market yachts are using modern deck mounted cannons. You could have brackets Stern and after as well as port and starboard. Modern lightweight special purpose cannon can be positioned for effective blowing skifs out of the water. For close quarters a molotov cocktail thrown in the back of their skiff will get their attention off you and onto themselves saving their own miserable buts.

Personally I like archery. A good compound cross bow can take down a wild boar. Just imagine what it will do to a Somali.

If the board. Hands in the air. To lull them. Then when you have one of those mothers close pull out from behind you your tactical knife and either slit his throat or stick it into his heart. Move quick and take cover from the weapon fire from his friends. Good luck. If there's 1 or 2 more of them onboard your going to need it.

Warning shot across their bow as the close in from you deck mounted cannon could do the trick. Could be enough to scare them off.

Last but not least. You need a parrot. If your going to have cannons and your blowing other vessels out of the water than you must have a parrot. Eye patches optional.
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I hear some up market yachts are using modern deck mounted cannons. You could have brackets Stern and after as well as port and starboard. Modern lightweight special purpose cannon can be positioned for effective blowing skifs out of the water. For close quarters a molotov cocktail thrown in the back of their skiff will get their attention off you and onto themselves saving their own miserable buts.

Personally I like archery. A good compound cross bow can take down a wild boar. Just imagine what it will do to a Somali.

If the board. Hands in the air. To lull them. Then when you have one of those mothers close pull out from behind you your tactical knife and either slit his throat or stick it into his heart. Move quick and take cover from the weapon fire from his friends. Good luck. If there's 1 or 2 more of them onboard your going to need it.

Warning shot across their bow as the close in from you deck mounted cannon could do the trick. Could be enough to scare them off.

Last but not least. You need a parrot. If your going to have cannons and your blowing other vessels out of the water than you must have a parrot. Eye patches optional.
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Thanks for sharing the story WildWill but it seems like a lot of reckless decisions were made by the skipper.

BTW, I received a quote from Cosco to ship a 50ft boat from Jebel Ali (UAE) to the Red Sea (Saudi) for less money than the fuel, crew and airline tickets would cost. Plus having to take time off of work.
Please do tell what reckless decisions were made? This should be good.

For most people, simply leaving their sofa and going outside is a reckless decision. Or, releasing the docklines once a year to empty their holding tanks.

Some people with a zest for living will actually sail into the sunset heading west for year upon year and experience life unlike most of the people I see here on this forum with 10,000+ posts. To me, that is a reckless waste of a life sitting at a computer typing away about other peoples experience when you have none of your own.

So please, tell us what the skipper did that was so reckless.
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Just wonder how many who plan to clean the decks of an attacker at sea have ever fired a gun off a boat a single time, for any reason.
Does this answer your question?
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Yeah, but 50ftmoneypit has been around already and has tshirt to prove it
Maybe you can show us your t-shirt then. Sounds like a lot of internet hotair to me.

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Move quick and take cover from the weapon fire from his friends.
There isn't any cover on a sailboat, except below the waterline.
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Maybe you can show us your t-shirt then. Sounds like a lot of internet hotair to me.

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Time to present opinions in a respectful manner.
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As this thread appears to be related to guns, size and male ego, the intrinsic value to sailing has been lost...

From here on in... posts will be removed if they dont meet the 'be nice' criteria.
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There isn't any cover on a sailboat, except below the waterline.
Exactly. Sorry but I was basically saying, if there boarded it's pretty much game over. All the talk about cannons was tongue in cheek. Seriously, discretion is the often the better part of valour. . Especially when your outnumbered. IMHO
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