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Old 17-03-2009, 21:21   #16
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If you do a search you will see this topic has been covered dozens of times with a wide range of opinions.
...you'll find that the same two or three people constantly try to squelch an interesting conversation on this site by telling you that it's already taken place.
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Old 17-03-2009, 21:45   #17
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pirate Thread Piracy!!

Bash,
You're right! It be like thread piracy. Some poor unknowning slob of a sailor sets out on a informational voyage of discovery, only to have a swashbuckling member of the forum silently sneak up on his thread and attempt to kill it by saying "Avast, been there, done thar, use ye search function!"

..... and then he sinks his boat and runs away.

Its a shame.
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Old 17-03-2009, 22:45   #18
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...you'll find that the same two or three people constantly try to squelch an interesting conversation on this site by telling you that it's already taken place.
Oh come on now...I'm trying to point out that if you google it and search it comes up with at least 10 hits. There is a great resource of information there. Wouldn't it be easier to check out the 200+ posts in those 10 hits before starting a new thread?
It was pointed out to me and they were right. It saves a lot of time...Try it...you'll like it!
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Search and read and only then start the new thread because it's a good subject!

Now, where can I buy those 6000 rounds/minute mini-guns for the foredeck... would they accept paypal and ship international?

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Welcome aboard and good to have you posting here.

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Old 18-03-2009, 19:38   #21
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Bash

I thought you comment was pretty funny becasue I noticed the same thing.

... mini gun? kewl!

You should see the compact little deadly stuff they working on now.
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The following is an interesting site on the particulars of how, when and where piracy attacks occured in 2008. I hope it is useful
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is
CCS@icc-ccs.org

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Old 18-03-2009, 20:38   #23
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[Quote MarkJ]
"It would be good to get some other opinions on this from long time cruisers".

A bit out of date maybe, and more from transporting boats by road, but in the old days:

French Customs always liked 10 New Francs ($1.50) or 20 Cigarettes (they tended to prefer B&H), and their main point of concentration was whether you were "importing" more than 200 litres of fuel. They in turn, were overlooked by their "Intervention Squad" (As Customs but with red stripes down their trousers) who never asked for anything, but always asked you if the other customes officers had asked you for anything - to which you always replied, No. The ciggys were worth their weight in gold, as after the "bribe?" they became as helpful as anything.

In Italy, it was the Police who liked a drink. They would Fine you, and ask if you wanted a reciept. If you didn't want one, the fine was usually less than half the original amount. When operating under Police escorts, you often had to buy your escorts a drink at each stop. I once did a trip from Mont Blanc to Trieste, where we had the same escorts all the way, and by the end of the trip, they were ALL asleep in our bunks, with their motorcycles loaded on the trailer. We had to stop a few miles from our destination and allow them to sober up before we came into contact with the local police in Trieste. When they were finally sober enough to resume their impersonation of CHIPS, they took us right into the rush hour traffic in the City Centre at 5.30 on a Friday evening, and got us all lost. Three trucks with 16ft wide loads, managed to bring Trieste to a total standstill. Finally, the locals managed to sort us out, and we got parked up in a coal yard until the traffic died down later in the evening, when we were taken on to our destination.

Best of all though, were the Spanish police when off the beaten track, who didnt want bribes, but insisted on selling us things like 'genuine' Armani Jeans etc. The most bizarre thing I ever had to buy off them, was a live white rabbit - which may now possibly account for the non-indiginous white rabbit population of The Andalucia Mountains.
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