There is no true safety
in this world. The most we can have is a temporary illusion of safety
. The reality is that none of us gets out alive!
In cruising, as in the land life, while guns
may make SOME people "feel" safer, they seldom actually "make" one safer. (Statistically, the opposite is usually the case). Going into an area known to have pirates, heavily armed, with the idea that if you get approached, you'll just blast the bastards out of the water
, is a fools game
All we can do is stack the odds in our favor. The way to do this cruising, is use a LOT of common sense. Most places with REGULAR acts of piracy
are well publicized. DON'T GO THERE!!! There are other places with infrequent, but occasional, acts of piracy
. DON'T GO THERE EITHER... unless your desire to pass through is so high, that it's worth the risk, it is of short duration, and then go with a flotilla, preferably in daylight.
There are so many places to cruise
to that are MUCH safer than living in what ever country that we came from, WHY go to the others?
In most cases... ONLY by shooting first, BEFORE you truly access a situation, can a gun help in your defense. To do so is utterly immoral!
That "suspicious looking guy" that approaches your boat at great speed around dawn, only wanting to sell you a nice fish
or ask: "fumar"??? Doesn't deserve to be shot, out of a gun wielding cruisers fear of what he MIGHT do.
Go to safer places, be considerate, be smart, prepare your boat, keep a good watch, stay lit, be careful where you anchor
, and for ALL our sakes... PLEASE leave your arsenals at home!
True "pirates". (as opposed to petty thieves), travel in groups armed with machine guns
, and have NO problem shooting first! unless you adopt the same mentality, and up your armament to Stinger Missiles, then avoiding the situation is the only rational thing to do.
Peace, & be safe... M.