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Old 26-09-2011, 20:49   #1
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When bluewater sailing to exotic locations or circumnavigating does anyone have a firearm onboard for protection or some peace of mind? I'm not a gun nut or an NRA member but I think I would feel safer to have one. I'm sure laws would prevent it but what does everyone think?
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Allow me to explain why Vyndance might have posted the popcorn smiley.

A couple days ago, in "Meets and Greets" you mentioned that you don't currently own a boat, but that you want to buy a trailer sailor to help you "hone" your skills.

Now, in your second thread, you're wondering whether it would be safer to sail with a weapon aboard.

So here's the short answer: the less cruising experience people have, the more necessary they seem to think it is to cruise with a gun.

You are now a case in point.
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Old 26-09-2011, 21:01   #4
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Okay, I'll start. A 37mm grenade...uh, projectile.....uh, flare launcher is a better alternative that will save you lot of hassle. Be sure to paint it orange.
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Re: firearm onboard

A suggestion. Before asking perhaps search forum for previous discussions on the subject.

If you do a search for guns, guns on board, etc. You will find the answer.
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Old 26-09-2011, 21:05   #6
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Re: firearm onboard

This has been discussed in this and many other forums. You may want to do a search for the words gun and weapon, you will find them. Also look at searching Google and the threads here and other places will come up.



Basically from what I have read, it is going to be different from country to country. Many require you to declare them and others do not allow them all together. The choice will always be on you and your crew as to what you want to do from there. You might want to join the NRA and GOA where they will be able to help you a lot more on this subject. I am a newbie here just like you, but I can tell you it is a sore subject in these forums and has been overly talked about. Searching is your best bet.



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C'm on, I kind of enjoy these gun threads, if for nothing else to see how heated and weird they get before they are closed.
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You might want to join the NRA and GOA where they will be able to help you a lot more on this subject.
By all means! When you join the NRA, they will send you some cool stickers. Don't only plaster these on your pickup truck; you also want to stick a few of these on your yacht. That way, when you sail into a foreign port, such as the ones directly north and south of the country where the NRA thrives, the customs agents will know exactly how to greet your arrival.

You'll be quite safe at that point, for five-to-ten years.
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Wye-AY-double you-enn
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Bring a gun into Maryland Waters.....it will give you some hands on experience
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By all means! When you join the NRA, they will send you some cool stickers. Don't only plaster these on your pickup truck; you also want to stick a few of these on your yacht. That way, when you sail into a foreign port, such as the ones directly north and south of the country where the NRA thrives, the customs agents will know exactly how to greet your arrival.

You'll be quite safe at that point, for five-to-ten years.

Um, no.
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I don't think coastal cruising with a gun makes much sense. There's not much need in the outer banks of NC for one, I'm not stupid. I was wondering about world travelers and their thoughts on the subject.
I suppose should have searched the subject but I was reading one of Hal Ruth's books and the thought hit me. I was curious about the opinions of the salty sailors among the forum.
I don't own a gun just like I currently don't own a boat. I thought it would be an interesting conversation. I don't have first hand experience sailing through areas portrayed by the media as infested with piracy and lawlessness.
Basically all I think about is retiring in about 15 years and traveling the world with my wife. Generally speaking I only read books on the subject of sailing from Voyage of the Dove to Hal Roth and I've never heard an argument for or against.
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Re: firearm onboard

owengg,

Its fine to be curious about something, but curiosity killed the cat. Asking this question on this forum is sort of like poking a hornets nest. Sure its fun to watch them go nuts and swarm out everywhere, but you might get stung.

This topic has been heatedly debated a number of times and most people here are weary of seeing the thing stirred up again.
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Re: firearm onboard

Sorry people. Guns onboard are one of those topics that we no longer cover. If you do a search you will find many threads on this topic. In most of those threads you will also see why it is no longer covered.
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