Most of us know the terrible story about the Quest and murder of Captain
and crew by pirates. Which got me thinking of a solution, for which I would like to solicit opinion. Not opinion on whether to be armed or not, whether they should have been there or not or whether you should endure the cruising risk unarmed, those are different subjects I would like to avoid here. I'm soliciting opinion on my idea regarding how to deal with arms on board.
Since most ports
either don't allow you to be armed or take your arms and hold or steal them from you (God bless the Bahamas
, you declare, but keep your guns
on board), I thought of an alternative I'm considering. I have escape hatches
in the aft cabins of my catamaran
, facing inwards under the bridge deck
. When I anchor
in a new port, before clearing customs
and I dive in the water
to check my anchor
hold, what if I swam back under the bridge deck
, disembarked my guns
through the escape hatch
, then down under water
to the bottom under my boat
?? The gun or guns would be in a water proof case of course, painted a sand color lying on the bottom of the ocean under the boat
. Most anchorages
are 10' to 20' deep where I want to cruise
, so retrieving the water proof case would be doable.
Of course I've lost
the benefit of their protection while they lay on the bottom, but I have other solutions for that (wasp spray, taser, flare gun, etc.). The gun I would be laying on the bottom under the boat would be a Barrett 50 caliper, so you wouldn't want to shot that in port at pirates or thieves anyway.
When I think about the Quest, I think about a Barrett 50 caliper that could have reached out and touched the pirates a mile + away, before the pirates got within range for their RPG's and AK47's. Obviously the farther the shot, the harder the shot, but I wouldn't be trying to shoot people anyway, I'ld be trying to ping the hull
of their boat. A 50 caliper hole in the hull
would cause most crooks to tuck their tail and run looking for easier prey. If not, put a hole through their hull into their engine
and they would never get within range to shot back. Barrett range 1 to 2 miles, RPG & AK47 range, less than a 100 yards.
I'm not looking for a battle or to start a fight with pirates. Given a choice, I would run from a fight with pirates, but then my run would only be at 7 to 9 knots, so that probably isn't a good defense to rely on. I just want to protect my young daughter and wife and be able to reach out and touch someone before they get within the 100 yard danger
What do you think about laying a waterproof gun case on the bottom, under an anchored boat, while in port??