There seems to be on these types of forum discussions an idea that whatever your home countries laws are - they absolutely apply to all other countries of the world. In reality, not at all. Each country and even territories of countries have their own laws that vary from "o.k. if you have a permit
in your home country" to absolutely not, simple possession is a felony whether you have a permit
or not. Some say O.K. if you have their "permit to carry" however you cannot get a permit unless you are a legal
resident - "Catch-22 - declaring the weapon proves you guilty."
- - As others have posted, to each their own, but you must be prepared to lie and effectively hide the firepower and be prepared for the consequences should you be discovered to be lying.
- - Pepper Spray - police/military grade of more than 5 million SHU has been used in real life as an effective defensive weapon that is legal
. It can be purchased over the internet
. It was used in a situation where the cruisers had locked themselves below and the bad guys were trying to break in through the companionway hatch
- - In any case, you need to be ready and able to immediately get you and your boat out to sea and away from the territorial waters of the country. This brings up the reality that as a "foreigner" you are automatically guilty of injuring/killing a local resident (regardless of the known fact he was a criminal and assaulted you) and it takes mega-dollars to buy back your freedom from the officials. Justice is a very relative term in most all (IMHO - all countries) countries subject to how much money
you have available. There have been numerous real life incidents demonstrating this situation.
- - Bottom line, once you leave your home countries' waters you are the foreigner and have no legal rights unless your attitude and wealth can secure/purchase them for you. Keep your nose clean, don't piss anyone off and stay away from known trouble areas and your cruising life will be all that you wish it to be. It is "paradise" out there, just stay away from the snakes/serpents.