To Cburger, who's question is: What does this thread have to do with the cruising lifestyle?
I would put it to you that it is very relevant. We are all sailing or planning to sail to various spots in the world where the locals look at us as meal tickets of one sort or another. This thread attempts to provide some answers. It may be way out there but it still has relevant. Perhaps you would be happier if we all just went and ignored the possibility of attack until it comes up and bites you in the butt?
Here you go Don, reply number 3.
Several ideas have been put forth. The classic molotov is still the simplest. Bottles full of gasoline with a wick. However, I am inclined to agree with the notion that some bottles are very difficult to break. I would suggest that standard food
jars, such as mayonaisse jars, or something similar, with a very thin glass would be idea. A small jar like a seafood sauce jar will fit in the hand well and lend itself to be thrown a good distance. The seals
seem to work well, even with flammable liquids for a period of time and if monitored for leakage or fumes should pose no problem to being made up and stored in a deck
locker for use. I agree that tossing a wine bottle into a wood or fiberglas boat may not result in breakage. However, small battery
powered etching tools are readily available and could make the glass quite easily breakable. If the contents were self igniting, I think they would do the job quite well. A sudden fire in a small skiff could be sufficiently overwhelming to cause the pirates to give up.
I think the idea here is to overwhelm the opposition. What was the term they used at the beginning of the Iraqi Invasion? Shock and Awe. Very loud very sudden noise
and lights. For this reason, I would hesitate to use insect spray or a pressure washer. Not enough shock and awe. Insect spray in the face from inside the cabin
would be a hell of a tool against someone trying to get in to the cabin
, and not at all likely to spook the local law when they check out your boat.
Shooting gasoline out of a pressure washer might be an idea if you set it up for ready use on deck. The fuel
might destroy the pump after a while but you should be able to get a good spray going. The problem is again, ignition and not enough volume for shock and awe. The first whiff of gasoline and the opposition would probably start shooting.
How about flash-bangs? Loud, bright and very disabling. Usually not fatal. Another thought is home made claymores mounted on the outside of the hull
. A curved plate with a layer of propellant, and a layer of ball bearings. Electrical