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Old 17-06-2013, 19:33   #31
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You can't reason with timid crew ladies.
Ask her where she wants to go, and go there.
Sometimes they just don't want to go on a boat.
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...what about a thinggy...called a sword...haven't seen a swashbuckling duel in a very long time...where's Captain Blood (Errol Flynn) when you need him...

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Old 17-06-2013, 19:54   #33
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Reasoning with timid crewladies: Same as for timid crewgentlemen. Treat them like the competent grownups they are. Give them some comparative statistics for where they live and where you're headed. With citation so they can look up more if they so desire. Also describe, and allow them input regarding, security measures aboard the vessel.
If they don't want to believe you, find a respectable female sailor who's already been there, and take them both out together for coffee and a chat.
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Old 17-06-2013, 19:58   #34
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Not sure why so many smart alec remarks either. This forum is usually pretty informative. You don't need a gun...purchase pepper spray if you must have something. No more crime there than US.

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Old 17-06-2013, 20:03   #35
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Wow what a helpful group! I wrote a column in a magazine for twenty years and never got that much response that fast. Back to the issue from folks who have sailed in the Abaco's, are there safety precautions and quotes I can use with my timid crew lady. As to the serious question about what anchor we will have. That is an issue I don't understand. all my previous experience is on lakes racing Flying Scots and bare boating on Grand Traverse Bay, no anchoring. Are the shallow waters a danger in the Abaco's. Was planning to have charter co advise here. Maybe I need protection from you guys.
Perhaps you can guess that your question hit a nerve. All are assuming that by protection you refer to a firearm of some sort. This is an extremely controversial subject among boaters and never fails to end up in a flame war and closed thread.

To address your question seriously, the Abacos are one of the safest places I've been. I feel a lot safer there than most major US cities. Never had a dink or anything else stolen there and I spent a cumulative total of 2+ years there.

In general, very few countries will allow tourists to posses firearms of any sort. Many consider it a very serious crime and you risk getting locked up in a nasty, third world jail, in some places for a long time. If you feel like you need protection when planning a trip somewhere then maybe better to not go.
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Maybe I need protection from you guys.
if you spend more time here reading gun threads you would know to remove the word "maybe" from your statement
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Criminals in Bahamas.


None of this scum are gainfully employed. Surely they must get their money from somewhere. They all look SUSPICIOUS to me!

And look, they have their get-away boats right there. They can escape at 5.5 knots. Dastardly!
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Old 18-06-2013, 07:55   #39
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The Abacos are about as crime free as any place in the world. The single instance of crime I have ever had there, was a hotel maid stealing most of my girlfriends prescription medications.

She was mad, but this would have been just as likely to happen at any hotel in the US as well.

There have been a few larger boats stolen over the years, in the Abacos, but it's not nearly as bad as in Florida, for instance.
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I didn't know that.thanks for sharing.

Can an illegal alien go to a gun show in the US and purchases as many AR15's as he wants?
No. They have to provide ID and submit the form for a govt check. Form 4473. Very, Very few guns are sold at gun shows are sold by non federal firearms dealers. You have to be one to get a table (with guns on it).
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Wow what a helpful group! I wrote a column in a magazine for twenty years and never got that much response that fast. Back to the issue from folks who have sailed in the Abaco's, are there safety precautions and quotes I can use with my timid crew lady. As to the serious question about what anchor we will have. That is an issue I don't understand. all my previous experience is on lakes racing Flying Scots and bare boating on Grand Traverse Bay, no anchoring. Are the shallow waters a danger in the Abaco's. Was planning to have charter co advise here. Maybe I need protection from you guys.
You sure do. The moderators are very insistent of the "be nice" rule but this thread is on the border for sure.

Question. You mentioned "protection" in the first post right? Not guns, right? There are a lot here (most) that just don't think guns are good for anybody even if they have to bring them up themselves as a thread drift.
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The Abacos are about as crime free as any place in the world. The single instance of crime I have ever had there, was a hotel maid stealing most of my girlfriends prescription medications.

She was mad, but this would have been just as likely to happen at any hotel in the US as well.

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Is that because a lot of the maids are Bahamian in the US or......................
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Re: Pirates

Here is an actual response to the OP's question.

There are no pirates in the Bahamas. Outside of Nassau, there is very little serious crime. There is occasional theft but I don't personally know anyone that has happened to. I would consider locking anything you don't want to lose, just like you would anywhere. You are as safe or safer in the Bahamas as anywhere in the US.

If you want to have a firearm with you in the Bahamas, you can take one. You have to report it when you clear in. You have to keep it under lock and key while there. You also have to report how much ammo you have. I don't know anything about flying in with one, so you better research that carefully. Many cruisers have them, many do not. It's your call.

Most folks here are helpful. Some are jerks.

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Thanks to all and especially, Deepbluein,Shipmac,and group9. I promise to never use the word Protection again in any form. Bob
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