And for you, Silverbullet:
Wasp spray is NOT a solution to your personal defense issues. Do some research
. This subject is pretty important, yet I am willing to bet you would put way more research into your choice of anchor
, than just going off some anecdotal 'it killed some bugs good!' information.
Again, research wasp spray. It is illegal to use it in such a manner - you could be charged for that. Not stating as a fact, but it could happen. Second, there is no research showing its effectiveness on humans. Some who have had incidental contact with their eyes have remarked on how surprised they were on how little effect it had on them.
A set of stainless bars that can be locked over the companionway
, spreader floodlights and a siren, along with locking your dinghy
properly, are probably going to solve most of your issues. A heavy-duty, police-sized pepper spray (possibly repainted to look like a fire extinguisher and mounted on a bulkhead just like one...) and possibly a long, sharp object, as previously mentioned, should really work adequately for most people, and will get you through most anything you would realistically expect to see.
I will start a 2-year cruise
in 3 years, with my wife and 2 pre-teen daughters. This is something I give some significant thought to. Is a firearm worth it? Not sure it is, even though I am well-trained in their use and have the proper mindset to use them.
Using wasp spray is like the idea of just racking a shotgun to scare off an intruder. It sounds like a good idea, until you actually analyze the effectiveness. First, you are already using a less-than-optimal weapon. Second, you let him know where you were. And third, you told him that you have one less round than you could carry. If he doesn't run screaming from your residence like a little girl in a horror house, as many imagine, you still have a real problem to deal with.