In the last 10 years I've been boarded 3 times, once in the Philippines
, twice in the Seychelles
. The first two times they came into the boat
while we slept and stole my phone
, we didn't hear a thing. The third time my girlfriend heard him, I got up with a spot light and found a deadlock guy on my foredeck at 2am in the morning, this ended in a fist fight.
Since then I have put neat ss bars in the hatches and companion way entrance, also leave the cockpit
These are my thoughts on intruders, it's rare! In fact many will cruise
and never have a problem BUT I believe it's sensible to give as little opportunity as possible. I now leave nothing on deck
, we lock ourselves in each night (the security
bars look very neat and do not restrict air flow), dinghy
up every night and as mentioned leave the cockpit
light on. I make sure I give the least opportunity as possible, well at least less opportunity than the boat
next to me
Also the cruising grapevine will let you know of problem areas, sometimes exaggerated but still worth listening.
I think of it this way, at home we lock the car and the house up, why wouldn't I do that on the boat? , I sleep well knowing it's impossible for someone to come into my boat while I sleep.