Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
You know...I joined here in 2006. It was such a normal group then...not so much now. I have watched good, solid members drift away. I'm assuming they just drifted away with the new dribble I read in different threads now. We use to make fun of the people with the 2 year, 5 year and 10 year dream plans...only to watch them fizzle away over the sunset which is usually equal to less than 100 posts. Maybe it's my imagination but I seem to remember a hell of a lot more people signing up in meets and greets. Not so much anymore. Maybe Facebook is taking over and forums
like this are going by the wayside.
You make a good point. There's been a degree of unkindness to the OP. And we see that a little too often with novices asking questions.
And the OPs concern for safety
is very valid. Sensors and burglar alarms are difficult to manage, especially when on a mooring
as boats are travelling past on a frequent basis.
At the marina where my boat is moored in Fiji
virtually every boat has been burgled in the past 12 months (most boats are on moorings, minimal slips available). 3 or 4 years ago a yotty at another Fijian marina was tortured by a couple of thugs that came aboard in the night wanting money
. He was seriously injured.
There are real risks to one's person and one's gear
. With the burglaries we're leaning to it being one of the cruising community because the kind of stuff taken is invariably good quality sailing gear
But is the risk higher than on land? I watched the movie
Fargo and that city didn't look especially safe. So I can empathise with the OPs concerns and trepidations.