Originally Posted by W3GAC
We carried nothing more more than wasp spray, stun gun flashlight combo, fish club, and 12 ga flare gun). Wasp spray shoots wide stream 20-25 feet and is as good in incapacitating humans as mace in the eyes and shoots 10x farther. Plus those little mace cans are empty after a very short burst. No need to declare going in/ out of countries. You can totally stop 1-10 people from coming below/ or approaching your bunk at night. Then depending on judgement... then the option of fish bat' in the closet for a more permanent defense. I also have a flashlight that has 'stun gun' contacts on front edge of the lens/ reflector. Looks like normal flashlight but will put anyone on their butt with one quick push button (2" spark & loud snap- snap-snap). You do have to be close enough to reach them. But you can go from 'talking' distance to being in control via element of surprise if needed. Flare gun for threatening / approaching boat/ especially after dark... coming up behind you while sailing. First flare low over their bow as warming, if they continue... next flare onto their deck. It splatters/ sticks all over/ burns everything it splatters on (aggressors clothing
, canvus, fiberglass
, wood). Water
does not put it out... I never carried an actual classic firearm. Brother did and what a pain to declare/ remove and have to go back to that check-in location before leaving to reclaim. If you get caught w/ firearms that you did not declare they can/ and do impound your boat... often taking weeks/ months to resolve and BIG fines... they have a 'license' to cut open your boat looking for more weapons/ drugs. Not worth the risk.
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in reality, out here, when **** happens, this what you wrote aint what ye gonna do. wind
happens. no wasp spray in wind
. yeah right you are really gonna dance around until you have correct wind attitude, ask guy to hold tf still and then spray.....right in to your own eyes.
wanna know the reality?? you will give intruders what they request and then call authorities as you were directed when ye checked into country.
the deal is to PREVENT any interruption in your enjoyment of cruising.
the best defense is a good offense.
remember that quote???
it is more than accurate for all facets of our lives
or cell breaks, strip them of data and info and chips and put each into a decoy bag. when you are in unknown isolated waters, put these in obvious locales as if in use. d e c o y. keep em shiny as if they were primary machine....
everything we do in life is a choice. also a gamble. never gamble more than you can afford to lose.
shiny attracts rats.
many sayings to cover prevention as the way to go. pretty much universal
keep eyes open. be aware, not fearful, but assertive.
be polite to locals and donot flaunt wealth. even out owning a boat is a show of wealth to most. we are privileged. we are also guests in their nation. proper guests break bread together. do not isolate into groupings of like appearance. the fishermen keep eye on the visitors and will take special care of the boats of friends-- helping reanchor in case of dragging, finding a free tuna steak..underwater work..is mutual assistance. walking thru town to reprovision, smile and say hi to folks.. a dios works.
the best protection i have found is friendship with the local fishing
cooperativa. as a sola female not only do i find best assistants but the best restaurants for authentic mexican cooked traditional for the estado cuisine. my absolute favorite.
each estado has an individual style of cooking
. is great fun to travel in mexico
. the locals everywhere are so friendly and welcoming. the more rural the better.
oh yeah--if you depend on őr wish to use pick up crew for anything-- these fishermen also sail and do other things than fish. where ye think i find my involuntary ... err ever so willing and knowledgeable crew...and engine
rebuilders and machinists and carpenters and injector pump
yeah they watch over me and my boat and cat.