so anyways my point about tazers was they are not considered firearms by most countries so anyone can go in a buy one or have one on the boat without declaring it. A friend said a shot gun with bean bags would be good, but you still face the fact that it is a gun. Bullets are stupid, because you can do more damage to your boat than if the thief took everything.
The best defence for your boat in the Caribbean
is a dog, the locals are incredibly fearful of them, they deter thieves by barking at the passing boats all day, if someone steps on your boat they immediately hear barking and you wake up, and the dog is likely to attack an intruder before you do without hesitation or fear. Plus they are good companions and will keep you from getting mugged in tourist spots in town.
As a backup keep a couple tazers where you sleep. The locals for the most part don't know what a tazer is (especially in remote
areas), they know what a gun is and that if you get shot you can still live. But having their buddy being electrocuted 20 ft away from the guy on the boat is some serious voodoo that would freak them out. You just need to make them convinced that you are not the easiest boat to steal from (the dog) and then protect yourself if someone is stupid enough to board the one boat in the anchorage with a dog.
By the way many of the attackers are under age (so they cannot go to jail under the local rules) so you'd be a foreigner with an illegal gun killing a local kid. You will not get out of jail very easily.
Ex: the attack in bocas, both were caught. And it sounds like one went to jail and the other is under age and was back attending school
we met another couple here in the marina who were boarded in honduras
this year, the boarders knocked on the door saying they were the police and they were met with the but of a shotgun to the face when they opened up the hatch
. They just stole all the non boat electronics
Through friends we heard of the other guy who was boarded off the mosquito coast, he went a route
that everyone says not to go, he hit a reef and radioed for help, instead of help, his boat was stollen and he had to swim to shore and walk to a native village. So so your due diligence and respect the opinion of those who have cruised the areas before you.
Another good thing to have are hatch
grates (bars), so you can leave the hatches open without people getting into the cabin
. This is the reason most people get boarded and hurt is because the assailants actually get into the cabin
. Otherwise you are just short a couple jerry cans in the morning.
another 2 cents