1. If your boat (this means anyone reading this) was a few slips down from the first assault on a neighboring boat, and it was clear to you that there were multiple assailants with weapons (machetes, knives, guns
, rifles, AK47s), what would you do?
2. What would you do if you were unarmed?
3. What would you do if you did have a single
gun of some type (a handgun)?
Anyone care to answer those questions?
It is easier to think of these things now and I hope I have the strength to do them.
#1 Activate EPIRB
. If suddenly several EPIRB
signals all activated at same time from a marina in Philippines hopefully responders would realize there was a problem. They might spring some action from Philippine authorities and scramble a helicopter and coast guard to tail the escaping vessel.
#2 Call on channel #16.
#3 If spotted or it looks like my vessel will be boarded then I can use my vessel's 150 hp diesel engine
to make boarding it less tempting. Fear is in their minds too. If I went engine
on full throttle boarding my vessel would not seem so tempting. Further, engaging it in full forwarded gear
likely would cause it to destroy dock
, or if at anchor
it would swing in a circle, or drag anchor
and run off into a reef.
An engine running would give pause to consider since they likely want to get in and out before a vessel tails them...yet here is a very large vessel that appears ready to go. Because it is always ready to go. Further it has radar
to track them and 4 means to communicate. Disabling my ship might become a priority. However, they would not know how to shut down the engine.
#4 After engine on, Kick in engine room raw water
line. One good kick would break off line and engine room would begin to flood. Also turn on water
in kitchen. Now if they looked in engine room they would see the vessel is flooding fast. That would cause some concern.
#5 At full throttle, in about 5 minutes the radiator will boil. Isuzu engineers planned for this. They directed the overflowing radiator onto the belts. I can tell you from experience this makes a monumental noise
. An extremely loud screaming noise
comes from the engine room. No damage occured to my engine when this was demonstrated by accident
#6 Hopefully the stress caused by this would reduce the time spent looking in the 100+ different compartments. Over 30 of them are large enough to hide and they dont know where they all are.
I would not know when it was safe to come out until after the engine seized.
If I had a gun I would not use it. If this was night, running lights and deck
lights on. That is just a wave of the hand on circuit breakers. Similar lights off below deck
. I dont think I would have time to stereo system on.
An alternate thought is to drop the mast
. That is a bit too Hollywood since it would only be useful if the fallen mast
blocked their exit from the marina.
Dropping the mast just takes a sharp bread knife across my Dyneema
My final thought is to activate a booby trap. Or have something that explodes to create a large sound like a bomb. It is not very hard to make something that can be simply kicked into the water
while being dragged off the boat. Of course something water activated would need to be planned carefully so rain isn't a factor.
An alternative to the engine is to set the cockpit
on fire. I already keep 70% alcohol on hand at the ready and need just to soak one coushion. This would give pause since not many would want to jump onto a ship in flames.
Note: When I am sailing in certain areas, the qualifications of my Filipino crew are rather unusual. That I will not talk too much about, however, every port I take them all locals assume they are professional body guards. I wonder why? Further it is so inexpensive to have men
like this aboard I wonder why others do not.