Originally Posted by Auzzee
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The following was my post, when you buy a new car it has security built in, there are Sat trackers people buy for there cars yet as boat owners we do little to firstly secure our boats and secondly detect intrusions.
I'm Australian and i don't carry weapons of the firearm sort because it's simply illegal in most countries.
You define me as a troll? You need to get out more mate, i've found some good points in this thread and i'm sure most others who actually have a boat have as well. Presently we are wintered down in the Adriatic
we intend to sail south to Greece
then over to Malta
for next years winter. To carry a gun here would be stupid, it would invite trouble.
Radio's, flares, AIS
, movement detectors, loudhailers at spreader height a great help. These things we employ because my wife, our boat and our life is precious.
Troll i think not because if this post is a troll well best this whole forum closes. This forum is a wealth of info, invaluable good info! I get my kicks from life and sailing not watching as you say "emotional reactions"
get a life mate!
With the ongoing and never ending discussion of Piracy
(really break and enter's at anchorages
, armed and otherwise), security and self defence i have gleaned some worthy points and suggest the following.
Most sizeable possessions in our life we protect with alarms in one way or another, on some motor
vehicles we setup tracking devices or at the very least the car comes equipped with entry alarms. With our boats we do little.
I put forward the following points interested to explore others ideas that may be added.
Secure/lockable: Hatches should have a removable bar inside preventing easy entry. Windscoops should be setup to provide breeze, Rain? Well they gonna be shut!
: Motion detector from 2 sides scanning the main entry. This needs to be connected to a LOUD audible alarm
and also connected to a relay to switch on ALL external lights. Maybe with a flasher?
Deterrent: Maybe a dog, short in leg big in Jaw, as someone said it's easier to check in a dog than a gun. Depends on your cruising style. I think most victims or marks are sussed out in daylight hours..
Notification: Flares, even out of dates can easily be placed near hatches or ports
, thieves dislike becoming the centre of attraction it really is simple to shoot off a couple of reds out of a hatch
if you are convinced you are in a situation.
: If you have one set up a small circle around your boat setting the alarm off if anything/anyone comes into the area.
: Establish a net, talk to others, LEAVE it on to protect them and yourself.
Innovation: I would like to see a remote
flare launcher developed, one that is in the form of a tubular launcher that can be bolted externally and high up. Flares should be the Very Pistol style that can be fired but as in a revolver.
An Arming/Fire button inside would be the go. By the bed
Weapons: Make up your own mind but one word of warning NEVER reveal your ace card without full commitment and ability to use it... We are all different.
Now you notice that all of the above is more effective if your boat is secure, if you sleep with the hatches wide open and the companionway door open then there's not much of this that can help simply because you may wake with a gun in your mouth.
Also notice that every one of the above items will assist and you have not stepped out of your boat to confront anyone.
Actually our Catamaran
has an escape hatch in each hull
, thats a bonus!!!!
Ok lets see some good ideas/smart ideas ones we can install to protect our being.
Please no electric fence rants