Originally Posted by pablothesailor
. Also the cocpit light clearly shows my armoured companionway breaze thru door
How do you lock from the inside & how quickly could you or anyone else inside open in an emergency? And do you lock hatches or have some sort of bars to stop entry, could this not create a saftey hazard in an emergency??? Sorry if these sound stupid questions but im close to getting my 1st boat & am taking the security side of things seriously!
They are not stupid questions at all.
The companionway hatch
locks on the inside with a padlock and I keep the key on the inside top step just next to a canister of capsicum spray thats velcro'ed to the bulkhead. The spray can squirt downwind into the cockpit through the companionway hatch
which should make the cockpit untenable to stay.
The other hatches dont have bars but are locked except for the two above my head
in my cabin
. Next to my head
I have another canister of capsicum but a gell that can be squirted into the wind
out of the hatches.
There are five hatches apart from the companionway that I can get out in case of fire.
I also have a smoke detector.
A large conister of gell, gang warefare size, of capsicum.
Two smoke flares. The idea is that at night orange smoke appears opaque and these can be put into the cockpit from the small window in the aft cabin
, or out a forward hatch and thus blow back into the cockpit. Wont hurt anyone but would add to changing the mind of an attacker.
Flare gun that can be fired through the companionway hatch or up out of a forward hatch.
I leave the VHF
on at night on the cruiser frequency, or if thats busy i turn the volume down, just so its on and I can hit the DSC
I have AIS
on all the time so in distress
I am easier to find.
It may all sound like overkill but i want to avoid the photo
Note the towel on the ground below the companionway steps must be covering a lot of blood too.
comes from the attack on the "Rainbow" in St Vincent in october last year. The injuries sustained by the two people were horrific. Utterly horrific. It was a very unusual attack as it occurred at 8:30 pm while the occupants were below having dinner. They think a cockpit light would have either prevented the attack or let them know someone was in the cockpit.
The important thing is to not let these security thing affect your cruising, just be a bit aware and take so,e simple precautions.