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ID: 177 Title: Piracy deterrent Replis: 11 Read: 8294 Author: 7  Page:[1]  2  3  
Name: Svfirefly  Posts: 4  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-7-29_11:47:4 Quote    Reply
I have a suggestion for what should be an excellent piracy deterrent:

If you have an auxilliary (I'm thinking sailboats, but it would work as well or
better with a powerboat) rig up a windshield washer tank with the internal 12v pump
in the engine compartment.  Using suitable techniques to avoid fracturing from
vibration and heat, connect a hose or pipe or combination of both to a hole drilled
in the exhaust maniforld.  Fill the tank with antifreeze.  When pirates
approach, start your engine.  When the engine is hot, turn more or less upwind and
pump measured amounts of anti-freeze into your exhaust manifold.  The result is a
smoke field so thick a pirate downwind won't be able to see his hand in front of his face.

Obviously this may not provide cover, because the pirate may be approaching from upwind.
But if you were a pirate, what would you think and what would be your reaction if your
intended prey suddenly emitted huge volumes of thick smoke?  If it were me, I would
disengage either because I didn't know what happened (do I want to attack a boat
that's on fire?), or because something is going on and I don't know what
I'm getting into, or, clearly this intended victim is prepared -- in what other ways
is he prepared?

At the least, it should slow down the proceedings, and if you can get upwind of the pirate
it would make things very difficult for him.

Lastly, without getting into the "firearms onboard" debate, I would suggest that if pirates
have guns (and apparently they do!), they will most likely be sidearms and/or AK-47 or
other light, possibly full-auto small arm rifles. If they have .50 machine guns or rocket
launchers, they can sink you if you return fire (but they might kill you anyway, so take
your best shot!).  But here is my second suggestion:  If you are going to be armed,
be armed with a .308Win or 30-'06.  You will have twice the range (if it will do you
any good on a bouncing boat) and sufficient power to penetrate any hull short of armor-plated.

In other words, you can harass him from a lot further away than he can harass you.

Lastly, for God's sake, don't be the idiot who carries a gun and doesn't know how to use it!
Get training, and practice!  Practice!  Practice!  Spend time on the open water
'way out of sight of land and practice until you can hit a balloon on the water in a two-foot
chop at a range of 100 yards.  And maintain the weapon, so it doesn't jam on you like it
did for Peter Blake.

And then decide where you are going to hide the weapon when visiting ports so your boat won't be
confiscated.

Name: OCEAN SAILOR  Posts: 147  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-8-9_19:52:24 Quote    Reply
Interesting. The ultimate deterrent would be - not to sail in active and known Pirate waters.

What's the connection between Sir Peter Blake and Pirates?
Name: Eugene Kashpureff  Posts: 11    Vancouver Time: 2004-8-17_8:12:56 Quote    Reply
Sir Blake was killed by pirates in South America, while attempting to use a firearm to repel boarders. The research ship he was on was anchored out in a river when attacked at night. Given his celbrity status it was a pretty big deal at the time...
Name: OCEAN SAILOR  Posts: 147  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-9-5_18:0:30 Quote    Reply
Are you sure they where pirates? Is there any evidence off pirate attacks or recorded attacks before and is there any evidence of or/and recorded attacks since Sir Peter Blakes death.
Name: Slonezy  Posts: 2  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-9-13_15:6:37 Quote    Reply
It may not have been pirates that killed Sr. Blake. it could have been the C.I.A. Any way if he would not have had a gun there is a good chance that he would not have died
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