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Self-defence and Deterring Attacks

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Legal, cheap & effective deterrent for unwelcome boarders
WASP SPRAY! You can clear into any country with it, it has an effective shooting distance of 20+ feet. We keep one can in the cabin where we sleep and another in the galley. Source on this was a Hillsborough County Florida deputy sheriff. Bonnie Powell, currently in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
Wasp spray for self-defence?
Concerning, the effectiveness of insecticide sprays for self-defense, It looks like this maybe another "urban legend". See the website.

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The reports on this page are the personal opinions of the contributors only and posted on Noonsite in order to reflect the range of opinions regarding this subject.

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Seminars, classes & training focussing on yacht security.

Reports

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Tobago Cays - Armed Robbery
Victims of this attack on 2 July 2011, Allen and Kate Barry of SY Mendocino Queen, have not only reported in detail of the actual attack, but also included information about the build-up to the attack, post-attack actions and a summary of what they felt they could have done better, and should have done with hindsight. A worthwhile report for any cruiser to read, with some first-hand lessons to learn.

Protection at Anchor

Ideas For Deterring Pirates

Avoiding Attacks - Fit Security Hatches

Break-in at Ibiza: Lessons Learnt In Security

Use Of Firearms To Deter Pirates

Practical and Legal Implications of the Carriage of Firearms

Deterring Pirates: Personal View

Piracy & Firearms: Another View

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Noonsite users may be familiar with Yellowbricks from offshore rallies they have participated in, but you might not be aware you can buy a Yellowbrick for your own personal use.

Yellowbrick is not an EPIRB or a PLB; it does not just transmit your position in an emergency, it transmits your position on a regular basis, all the time. Friends and family can see where you are, and where you have been, on your personal web-based map. It is waterproof, rugged, and trusted by virtually all the world's major offshore yachting events.

Yellowbrick is battery powered, and will run for up to 3 months, transmitting hourly. In standby mode it will last for up to a year between charges. It can send and receive short messages via e-mail and SMS, and has an alert button. Running costs are just £8 (US$12) per month plus transmissions, and you only pay when it is being used – you pay nothing when it is not!

Why wait for an emergency to let people know where you are?