The IMB draws very defined lines between Piracy
and other forms of crime on the seas. Piracy is by the legal
definition an act that happens on the high seas (outside national waters). Highjacking, robbery, kidnapping of persons; this all can happen with piracy but can also happen seperately. The IMB has shown very little interest in pleasure craft as they see all yacht owners.
Also many countries will under/ not report a criminal act against a private vessel in order to keep the bad press down. I know of one case where the private vessel owners where accused of a crime even though they where the ones wrong in an attempt to get them to leave and stop making a public scene.
This is why I am asking anyone who has firsthand information, please contact me as I'm trying to put a real measure of what the problem is so that it can be dealt with both within the Sailing community and presented to the needed bodies political. Though some countries do seem to be taking it a bit more seriously than others and see the income
from the increasing body of Yacht owners and live aboard families to be something they want to retain.