Okay Gents, and good postings.
I have thought hard about the above subject over the years.
Especially since I lived on a boat for a few years and also have been robbed onboard it.
(In a marina while on the dry in St. Thomas)
The big head-ace, in my opinion, is to conceal and hide a weapon while ya sail from country to country.
Ya are supposed to the decleare it and do the paper work.
Then they take it away while ya are in the place, and give it back when ya leave.
If one sails
from country to country every few weeks, that could be a big head-ace.
The personal preference would be to have a pump-action shot gun with 200 shells hidden abord.
If the bad guys board ya, start shooting and ask questions later.
This may sound like an easy and Wild West solution, but in many cases, one does not have a choice:
Let em come aboard and rape, rob and kill.....Or put up some resistance with a gun, then perhaps live and talk about it later.
Yes, It is a big choice and be ready to pull the trigger for real, the mental prepartion is important....
I have never shot a gun in anger, but have plenty of practice pulling triggers in Air Force boot camp and in rural Alaska
Would be more than happy to pull the trigger on somebody out to kill me and better half and steal the boat, but hoping and wishing I will never have to go there or be there...