Un­wanted vis­i­tors

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No­body wants to think about be­ing boarded, but it’s im­per­a­tive to agree what you would do in that sce­nario – just as you would for a fire or other in­ci­dent on board your boat.

Black says: “If we did get boarded we have al­ready dis­cussed a plan. Anna stays in the cabin with the door shut, I would put all the deck and cock­pit lights on and make lots of noise. This should scare them off.

“Do not be a hero! Stay safe, stay be­low. There may be more than one and they may well be drugged up, on al­co­hol, armed and feel in­vin­ci­ble. It could be a May­day sit­u­a­tion so don’t be fright­ened to hit the dis­tress but­ton on the VHF. Des­ig­nate it ‘Piracy’. This will alert all the boats around you and the au­thor­i­ties. You can al­ways can­cel it.

“Per­son­ally I would not have a weapon. I have heard that most in­juries to cruis­ers have been with their own weapons. I have thought a fire ex­tin­guisher may be the only thing I might use but when faced with a sit­u­a­tion who knows how I would re­act! This is why we have dis­cussed it.”

Suzy Car­mody agrees: “We do not carry firearms on board although we have been of­fered them a num­ber of times. Apart from the huge has­sle they cause when cross­ing bor­ders, we de­cided that if you have a gun you need to know when to use it and I’m pretty sure the av­er­age In­done­sian pi­rate doesn’t look much dif­fer­ent from the av­er­age In­done­sian fish­er­man.”

Some cruis­ers chose to keep their emer­gency plans anony­mous, one say­ing: “My con­tin­gency is a de­cent sum of US dol­lars in the safe and be ready to use it if nec­es­sary.”

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