I had tried to get across to everyone how bad chartering is. We had this kind of troube 3(!!!) times in our year of chartering. The first were just idiots who smashed up the head
and broke things. The second had to be removed by the police - luckily he got crazy IN port instead of at sea. Lastly, we had the grifter (search for "grifter" on the forum to read the story).
Somehow... very unsavory types book charters. The more money
they have, the worse they are too! I guess you have to be ripping *somone* off to have a vast pile of money
(unless you inherited it).
The grifter showed up with a suitcase full of gold bars he wanted to trade
for the boat, but then sold for the cash. These gold bars weren't your typical little investment quality 1 oz'ers either. These were like you see at the federal reserve or in cartoons. YIKES! That should have scared me off.
We got out of that business in a hurry. Having to fear for your life more than once a year in your home just isn't worth it. This is another reason we are now pro-gun (don't start that argument here - it already has a thread) and pro keeping one aboard. Myself... I have a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun for the next life-threatening encounter.
But... since we're moving onto land for a while... I will have to mothball that unit. There are some pretty whacky gun laws in this country. I fear driving to the wrong state with it more than I fear the violent criminals. The new defense? Just run them over.