These come in many categories, but mostly they're sad-arsed souls looking for a quick hit; unless you happen to be aboard a 200,000 tonne tanker.
Pirates are opportunists, and like all opportunists, mostly take the easy route
. And so if you look easy they will have a go at you.
Defence. Firstly, guns
. I doesn't take a greatly strategic brain to hide a gun/guns on a vessel which you simply fail to mention when arriving in port.
Even paranoid US customs
are not going to start wrenching off sundry panels
in search of guns
So let's look at guns. The best option is a cut-down shotgun with lots of double aught and duck-shot at the ready. The duck-shot is the first notice...ergo, come any closer and I'll get pissed off with you. The double aught is used when you have to get serious. From a cut down barrel this **** goes every which way but will give any human body within 100M a cause to pause and consider the rectitude of further engagement.
Mind you. I guess it all comes down to the quality of your boat.
If you just happen to have a flash Benetau, for a million dollar cat, then the chances are the hard-triers might have a go. But if you're on a very basic boat then your assailants are likely to be less than the committed type.
And so, at sea, some set of morons hove into view on some clapped-out vessel. You let them get close enough to see the shotgun, and if that's not enough you let off a few rounds.
But the bigger prob is when you're at anchor
in some fine port and the hopefuls have espyed a potential victim.
They think they can come alongside, leap aboard, do their dastardly deeds then run.
Here's a simple solution for that.
A good old Kiwi electric
fence. These things have stopped bulls from bulling for as long as the Kiwi electric
fence was invented.
You simply string the tapes on all your external rails, press start, and suddenly your entire rail-fence becomes a serious barrier to those with ill-intent.
Imagine. Hagar the Horrible has been appointed by Captain
Dimwit to baord you, while you rest at anchor
in the Antibes.
Hagar reaches up and clutches your rail and about 10,000VDC of electric fence. Hagar does a greater leap backward than Mao's lot, and suddenly they all lose interest.
A simple Kiwi electric fence is way better than Joshua Slocums pins on the deck
Personally, I utterly hate the idea of arseholes intruding and so I have devised a range of strategies to fend them off. The latest of which is one of those really cheap
, electrically power helicopter toys. They cost about $150 inc controls, and have a control range of about 1,000M.
I bought one. Found it could carry a small phial of white spirits (about 5FlO) and a Pezzo ignitor. I fitted the Pezzo with a simple impact switch. Thus when the helicopter hit something...like a pirate vessel for example... the Pezzo lit the white spirits and poom! Believe me, 5FLO of white spirits ignites, its like the fourth of July.
So now I have two of these stacked away on the just in case basis. But should I ever again get into pirate range, the first and second defences will be my little helicopters which I can control up to 1,000M. If that doesn't dissuade the hard-triers, then out will come the shot gun.
My attitude being....I am peaceful with anyone who respects my space, and a God-awful enemy when one doesn't.