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Self-defence and Deterring Attacks


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.


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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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.

Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

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

Guns & Cruising
Circumnavigators SY Totem give their thoughts on carrying guns on board.
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