We're on a boat.

This is a discussion on We're on a boat. within the New Members Introduce Yourself forums, part of the DefensiveCarry.com Forum Office category; Mike here, friend of Darryl who invited me. My wife and I live full-time on our sailboat, a 33' sloop, the S/V Sovereign. We're planning ...

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    We're on a boat.

    Mike here, friend of Darryl who invited me. My wife and I live full-time on our sailboat, a 33' sloop, the S/V Sovereign.

    We're planning to cruise the Caribbean, island-hopping and finding the seediest crappiest bars and open markets everywhere we go. So naturally, pirate defense and general security is a concern.

    On-board we have a Mossberg 500. Just before buying the boat and selling our house, I put all my guns up for sale, and the Mossberg was the last one left so we kept it. I need to trade up to a stainless model, I know. Also a pair of basic stainless .38Sp revolvers should suit us nicely. Nothing too "military" or "gangster" looking so as to get the attention of local authorities, just some basic no-frills reliable defense. Well, that and a few very efficient bludgeoning tools that look nothing like dedicated weapons.

    My wife's a marksman, trained for security at a nuclear facility. I'm ex-Navy, with a brown belt in bar-stool-jutsu.

    Anyway, thanks, Darryl, for inviting me. Can't wait to chat with folks and see what the site's like.

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    Welcome Mike, I'm pgrass101 here. You can pick up so a decent used stainless revolver for aporx. $300. I would suggest to get .357mag instead of .38spl, with a .357mag you can still shoot .38spl, so it doudles the amount of ammo avalible to you
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    Good point, that. And nice sig line. ;-)

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    Welcome from South Carolina!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like an adventurous life.
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    Welcome :D

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    Hey, South Carolinians. Should have mentioned, we're currently at a marina in Charleston.

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    Get an 870 Marine Magnum; it has a corrosion coating on it, also get a good AR-15 and have it hard-chromed inside and out, that should help........


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    I've been telling one of my colleagues that he needs a good 500 on his Carribean based boat for pirate defense. He's adamant that its against the law, and that his flare gun is adequate. Is that true...that you could be arrested for having protection? I think it's a risk I'd be willing to take.

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    Definitely going to get a marine-grade shotgun. Had an AR-15 and sold it. Like I said, I don't want military-looking or gangstah-style hardware. Does us no good to have cutting-edge weaponry if the local Coast Guard confiscates it. We're going to be mostly outside the U.S. once we leave the Keys later on.

    Been doing my reading; most of the island authorities are more restrictive toward firearms than the U.S. by far. But, also been talking to a lot of experienced cruisers. They say the local authorities understand the realities of cruising the islands and cast a bit of a forgiving eye on less...powerful-looking...firearms.

    To put it another way, a .38 revolver will generally be overlooked with a wink and a nod and maybe a $10 bill under the table, as will a 12-gauge slide or side-by-side. A Glock with laser sights and 20+ rounds in the mag, or an AR or AK with extra mags, will without a doubt get confiscated, and the owner fined or even jailed.

    Effective but unobtrusive is the key, we hear from every voice of experience down-island. A Mossie 500 says you're prepared for trouble; an AR-15 says you're hoping for it.

    Best advice on defense I got was from a local Coast Guard chief: "Fly the biggest d*mn American flag you can find off the fantail; most of them down there think we're a bunch of gun-crazy cowboys. They'll steer clear and go after the boats with British or French flags."

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