Un-Armed PIRATES & INTRUDERS – Self Defense on Sailboats against THEFT(Patrick Childress Sailing 42)
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Un-Armed PIRATES & INTRUDERS – Self Defense on Sailboats against THEFT(Patrick Childress Sailing 42)

September 18, 2019

hello we are Patrick and Rebecca
Childress on the sailboat Brick House. Rebecca and I both know five
people who have been captured and held hostage for ransom in the southeastern
Philippines on the island of Jolo. two of those people did not make it out
alive of course this happens elsewhere in the
world like off of Somalia and other places but in this video we aren’t
talking about these heavily armed pirates that when they approach your
boat you’re shit out of luck you don’t have a chance the world of escaping them
and if you think you want to pop off a few rounds from your 308 or ar-15 go
right ahead because it’ll be the last thing that you do before you become
Obliberated so in this video we aren’t talking about heavily armed pirates we
are talking about the guys who come on your boat with machetes or intruders in
the middle of the night that are there to steal your outboard we are talking
about non-lethal defense to send a very clear message to these guys that they
made the wrong decision to come upon your boat and we know other
people that have been out on the ocean in the middle of the night two o’clock
in the morning accosted by a fishing boat trying to pull up alongside and our
friends are calling Mayday Mayday on channel 16 and nobody’s responding if
they had some pepper spray or something to lob onto that fishing boat they
would have been in great shape but they were able to pull ahead motor wise and
then throw a big wad of polypropylene line over the side and then that caught
the property of these approaching fishermen and that stopped them in the
water but you know the last thing I want to do is if a fisherman is approaching
the boat or somebody’s approaching the boat we’re not quite sure what their
intentions are but it doesn’t seem so it doesn’t seem so good the last thing I
want to do is you know shoot off a gun and kill one of them I mean that’s just
gonna land me in a rotten prison wherever I am but since it’s at a distance I’d
like to be able to lob something at him too so that they definitely know that
we’re not the boat to pick so that’s the idea we were in a mall in Richards Bay
South Africa we saw all these arms in the window we
could not believe what they had but it turns out they weren’t real
they were co2 powered so there’s a lot of good ideas in there but what the most
amazing thing was a simple paintball gun a lot of people in the world play
paintball and where they shoot each other with die marked balls but now you
change the projectile in those guns they become very impressive and so let’s go
to the mall we’ll take a look at a lot of these things and then you decide what
you think might work best yeah and let us know in the comments down below which
ones you think you’d have on your boat if some other ideas that you have for
the same kind of thing we’re always looking for more ideas nice simple ideas
things that don’t cost a lot of money but what would you have on your boat let
us know in the comments down below of course you have to be careful where you
bring these things they’re perfectly legal in South Africa but in Australia
I wonder if even a slingshot is legal there you can get a lot of trouble for
bringing even these toys into foreign countries so you have to research the
customs and other laws in these foreign countries before you go cruising in with
them yeah a good place to do that just go on new noonsite.com and they’ll they’ll have
it pretty much in the description what you can and can’t bring you gets not the
gospel but it’s a pretty good place to start yeah there’s another technical
problem in a mall you know all the incredible reverb in the sound in the
air in the mall and we had that same problem in this store so the sound is
not that great to start with yeah we had the manager was able to close one door
entry door he couldn’t close both of them and look like these shut up but the
one door did help quite a bit then I put the video through audio scrubbing
cleaning and that helped quite a bit so it gets better the audio gets better as
we go along and also his accent there’s so many different accents in South
Africa and his is Durban accent well Durban Indian Afrikaans a little bit of
everything He is a good representation of accents in South
Africa so effect I went through a lot of trouble to put in the closed captions
and making sure that that’s accurate so just click on the CC button down there
on the bottom if maybe you’re having trouble understanding or hearing any
of the spoken words, and there are lots of languages too – okay let’s go to the mall… okay Security Hyper Store…kay holy moly look at these guys
submachine gun? yeah it looks pretty serious look on the box
the co2 air power. Let’s go in and get a picture… okay well hello there Chevron how are you
doing this morning this is Chevron we’ve talked to her I
don’t know 20 times I’m sure she’s been educating us along with Zain, and all the
defense’s yeah this is amazing because we were just walking down the mall one
day and saw all of these guns wow that’s pretty serious stuff but as
it turns out none of it shoots gunpowder, none of them whatsoever. and we actually try to concentrate on
anything that does not require a license and yet be able to defend
yourself okay so all of these toys the co2 powered paintball guns all of that
in South Africa is there an age limit for buying any of these? Our company
actually doesn’t allow us to sell it to under 18. They would have to be
older than 18 and present your ID as well for safety purposes. So for somebody living
on a sailboat like us that’s nothing but one big headache to have some kind of a gun powdered firearm onboard, but yeah we saw the co2 pistols and rifles so what I
actually wanted to start off with one of these ones.. actually one of our
customers favorites. It’s a BB gun so shooting these metal balls here
operating with co2 gas which is a non-lethal gas it won’t be able to affect you whatsoever as well and can you buy these all over the world
um most places that do actually have it like we said in America and stuff, they do
actually have different sizes. in South Africa we are standard
size which is a 12 gram gas canister that’s 12 grams 12 grams. So our
customers favorite because of the realistic feature of this gun itself. As you can see it’s just like a real gun. So it’s very simple. Very easy, very simple…With this gun you can have the options of semi-automatic and fully automatic so
Let’s just say you need to shoot just one bullet. And then you can always switch it to full automatic mode…Holey Tamoley! That can shoot 19 bullets in 5 seconds!
bullets in five seconds that’s That’s Impressive! That IS impressive! Now that’s pellets? BBs..BBs. Our
customers really do love this gun, the reason being it’s an excellent deterrent. if
you pull this out you just have to Cock it, and you are gonna think that I do have
a real gun in my hand. It’s very realistic, the cock feature. So guys, its actually It’s actually an excellent deterrent, to actually deter your guys away.. our number one baby for our customers. Now, and it operates off if this…CO2 cartridge… and where does the CO2 cartridge go? Slip the CO2 canister here. So you take your Allen key, and open up a notch. This part comes out. Your gas canister, you just drop it inside, you tighten it up, and you are ready for use. And how long can you use that cartridge for. It will give you approximately 35 shots. 35 shots. Oh. So you went through almost a complete. almost through a complete canister. With automatic mode, it’s very easy to finish up your gas because of the rapid fire. Wow! okay now with the BB like that say like
12 meters away what is it going to feel like. Well with BBs, we give you up
to 10 meters we can be looking at a piercing so it will be into your skin. at
10 meter up to 10 meters , where you just have to kinda pop them out. Most of the time, our guys know they don’t even shoot
the gun you just put it out, (cock it) and they go away
and it goes away…it works like a charm! yeah okay and once you put the cartridge
in there can you pull it out six months later and expect it to work? No you can not. How long? Because it’s a gas, at
the end of the day we give it to you to keep your gun secure at the same time
you’ll say within 5 days you should use up your gas when you’re not using your
gun over a longer duration, do not leave an open gas inside it’s just wastes and wears out the seals of your gun. So look
after the gun so your gun can last a long time. Okay next thing I’d like to show the hand pistols would actually be the
paintball gun specifically this one
it’s our latest range for self-defense especially. It’s a six-shot you just load
your… this here is actually going to be loaded with solids and peppers. so the solids
whatever you hit you literally just break. I will get you a sample to show
you the solids and the peppers. Okay, but starting with though, this is just a regular paint ball gun that a lot of people use when they play paintball yes
and hit each other with the ball that explodes with ink. I will show
you the paintball as well so that you do have a good idea of what we actually are looking at here. At the end of the day, remember, it is just a toy. But a toy that can actually defend you at the same time so that’s regular paint ball if you
just want to mess around, take a few shots have some fun that’s your normal
paint…and they really don’t hurt when you get hit. No…its a small sting nothing too bad. Thats why those guys
wear the masks when they play? Yeah have to protect their face…don’t want it in the eye! it ’s very important to have your mask in to protect your eyes and protect your face. Yeah safety equipment… Ok, so our defense range…these are solid balls. solid balls. solid balls, how they work is… whatever you hit…you practically break..glass – straight through these ones here. BONES…you are looking at damage wise with these guys where you can break a bone or two. It’s a
non-lethal item so it will not pierce the skin it’s meant to just defend yourself
to put the person down so it gives you the upper hand in the situation for you to
actually move away from the surrounding areas. Pepper balls are my very favorite
reason being, one or two pepper balls are excellent. The guy cannot actually see
you. Also if there are multiple guys, one two pepper balls are effective on all
of them. The moment it passes in the air they all breathing at the end they can not
attack you They are just trying to breathe themselves. I mean if I wore a lot of shirts or a
jacket will it still explode? If it’s hits on a surface…you see it’s gonna
pop so even next to them if you can fire It because the moment it goes in the
air they also taking it in, if you find they are wearing too much clothing yeah so you don’t have to hit
the person just hit next to them and you can hard-surfaced next to them. yeah hit a hard
surface next to them. I do, personally prefer the chest reason being the moment
it hits , they breathe it in, and are out on the ground. They cannot attack you and what percentage
pepper is this? That’s a seven percent so you also do have ten percent peppers it’s ten percent that’s our bigger
paintball guns which is more stronger as well. this specific one does pack a punch
though so what I like about this gun is you load your bullets you load your gas
inside the moment you load your gas it does NOT activate so you can keep this
for a year for example in your gun.. There is no issue. The time comes when you need to use your gas, you press down here Here only it activates the gas and there
after you can.. Thats good. Thats good…reason being it’s always going to be ready for
self-defense you don’t have to think is there gas in my gun…do I have to worry. In
a self-defense situation you don’t have time to be worrying about is there gas in my pocket?
You want to be able to defend yourself and that works like a charm… And it uses still that
same cartridge co2? Yes, co2 cartridge. which are sold nationwide.
and you still get about 25 shots out of it…or 20 if glass because it takes more power. That should be enough, hah? More than enough… 1 mag is 6 shots, and you get 3. Pretty decent… you get 3 magazines CDs and so you now okay that
uses the smaller caliber but can you get 10% pepper spray in the smaller caliber
the smaller ones this is our latest Ninja King gun
because most of our paintball guns, and if you do see the size of it pretty big guns, so our
guys required actually required something more compact to keep on them and also non
Lethal at the same time which are smaller ones are here, as for the
bigger rifles is a variety you can pick from there as well we shoot the bigger pellets, and in the range on on this for hitting a something an
exploding uh bear in mind, wind really makes a big difference because these Pellets are light as well so indoors, you are gonna get a
longer distance easy on them will be on 40 meters, 30 meters. 40 meters. 40.
I’ll give you about forty now without wind. Indoors. Damage-wise even twenty meters you are breaking a bone…so you are doing some good damage with those as well. Bear in mind you do upgrade your gun though. We know people who have been harassed
people on foreign boats and if they And if they could have launched something like this
onto their boat gas it would have been a great deterrent more powerful bigger
thing would be the rifle you think there’s larger diameter paint then we
just take this one for example so the advantage on these ones here is you got
a hopper feed this hopper feed can hold up to 200 bullets we have a choice
between 45 or 200 so it gives you a lot of shots you know that even if you’re
not the best person to shoot you will still be able to Hit your target in the end.With this here, it takes the bigger canisters this is easier you will be getting more
shots as well approximately 150 or so it depends on your pressure gauge at the
end of today the extendable stop to make it more
comfortable to hold. You do racks on the end of your gun as well to add a laser sight or
torch so at night as well you will be secured you will be able to
use it. Very simple you just cock, and…you fire…Very easy to use.. ladies at home, so very easy to use
as you can see there’s just a safety catch so the kids can’t play wit it…and it uses quite a
different canister of gas canister with the advantage of being able to get it in
multiple sizes: 4 all the way up to 24 ounces so it depends on the size if you
go the more shots again yeah approximately on a 20 ounce you get
about 1400 shots but then again this is just a standard paintball gun canister
of gas which you can buy wherever they play paintball with a living and you can
fill it up with it as well okay so these are all toys really but ichange
the projectile and it becomes quite a different piece of machinery.
exactly. Now the the diameter of the projectile…is it the smaller or the bigger? No more smaller these are the glass
breakers. These are the proper ones for self-defense whatever these hit, it breaks
for example, glass, like I said, RIBS, LEGS, You can do some major damage with these here.
Rubber balls they actually use in riot control they give a hell of a
sting the guys kind of use this actually to turn the person to go away. And your next combo the best thing you will be getting is Pepperballs. Pepper balls are my very
favorite, reason being, these ones are ten percent when you do hit this it’s
very effective in the store, we have to pop it we have to evacuate the store
And won’t be able to open. Even next Sore we would have to evacuate because it’s gonna go
through the AIr con vents. Its quite powerful. now there is there are there
any guns that really don’t look so militaristic like a gun more like a toy
you know a real toy Something that doesn’t look so offensive
yeah the coloration is more benign no pink ones yeah I think what it would be
much better. On our BBs, we did have a pink one no lie. yeah you also
have this like double-barrel shotgun another unit that just came in recently
on the self defense range so the best thing about this is they actually
concentrated on having a proper shotgun feature on this way it’s a double
shot so how you gonna load this again you use a solid and a pepper you can
eitherchoose between left right or twin shot with this gun here as
well you can add a laser sight so at night You won’t have issues trying to
find your target look at your laser light and attack with this gun here as well, you also have the same features that it has a laser light on it too so that the people
can see the laser. All these guns whichever Gun has a bracket, it does allow
you to see. Thats the mounting bracket for the laser. Now with this here, it also has a safety feature of keeping your gas and keeping
your bullets in then laying your gun idle. …a scary situation comes through you press down here, and it’s ready to activate and then you ready to fire okay okay so
you need to have your you know some in your pocket ready yeah with this gun you
you do have to have ammo on you cuz it’s a proper shotgun feature so the only
concentration I’m actually having two shots inside yes they wanted to keep the
original feature of the shotgun and the gas can just drop it down here so with
the allen key you just put it inside of ear twist it down yeah he’s gonna do check this moron as I
see because okay so that cartridge, the co2
cartridge goes right in there oh crap it in on the stock and then when you do
need it yeah then exactly then you’re just gonna put our ties amid put your
gun down have it loaded leave it down time call you need to use it you know
it’s there yes stop activates and you need to find okay good you’re not
letting gas leak out from you yes because you’re not gonna have that in
the back of your mind thank you is there gas in my gun
because the last thing you need is to use your gun there’s no gas over there
and then you pull the chicken mechanics internet yeah and then of course these
this takes a little more time to arm because it’s a it’s a larger your
canister you have to screw it on the advantages of this is we do sell things
like a valve, so how a valve works it actually sits on to your gas, on to your
bottle and it’s an on and off tap. so you can have your bottle
attached to your gun always if you close the tap which means there’s no gas leak,
so the moment you need to use it, all you gotta do is turn your tap and you ready to
fire so we can make it easy on you. This comes as well like we say time is very
important assault fair situation you need to be able to act very fast without
panicking without warning. emotion yeah I understand that these are used say like
on the farms the guys use it on farms also you know open areas our guys use
this a lot recently first of all guys don’t want to use they
can is the first line of defense sadly you cannot just use your gun
openly because there are also consequences to you you would be able to defend yourself without having the consequences of using
A real gun. not to break a bone like these are it’s just it’s just a sting
yes to get the message across like I have seen some YouTube videos where
some people wanted themselves to be shot with the gas and they do it at like only
about three meters and with no shirt on it’s my Hoy jeez and so what
happens is they get a terrible big bloody hickey yeah it doesn’t really
look like a hickey that constantly changes color. the pressure on these
guns if you feel them on your bare skin it
does but because the pressure is so high remember co2 is compressed air – it really
does push up with a lot of pressure coming you can tear a piece of plastic
easy to you with gas, yeah so even without without the bullet in it…. without a bullet inside of it…good for dusting around the house okay sadly I do not
have the laser that I really would like to show you… it’s what’s used in the
states a lot it’s the taser gun which is the only
taser they can attack a person at 4 Meters away. it sends out to wires that hook on to you and every time you press the button in that thing sends a pulse out
there so yeah so how it is you get the device itself and you get cartridges
that you put inside now that cartridge shoots out 2 wires at a 4 meter distance it hooks onto you
if you time you press the buttons the person gets zapped. In our country it’s legal because it’s not attacking it’s not killing the person who just puts a
person down for you to have the advantage in the situation for you even move away or call the police. Now, bear spray actually do you call a bear spray well I know in the
states that use it for bears but we call it Pepper Gel. Pepper gel is actually one of our newer things On the market. it’s much more effective
than pepper spray. also in a windy
situation I personally prefer the Pepper gel because it will not come back
and hit you in the face… oh that’s the most remember something guys even if you’re
Out on the ocean and stuff, you all have lots of wind constantly… if you spray
that pepper spray it can’t hit you back in your face and the last thing you need
is to spray yourself when you try to Defend yourself.. with a gel, you know
it’s making direct contact anywhere on their face whatever it touches it’s
gonna burn okay so it’ll stick to the person. Aim
for the face – I suggest you aim for the face because that’s where you
doing the damage yeah this is what the gel sticks to the person, so it’s more concentrated on the person. that’s why all guys don’t like sprays
anymore because there’s too many people get affected in the situation of trying
to defend yourself you cannot control Wind at the end of the day so with that wind it will come back. With the gel It will not come back at you. yeah it even says
on the front safe to use indoors does not affect bystanders reduces wind blow
back exactly on the pepper spray whether you’re using the paintball gun or even
the in the canister up here that you actually pull a trigger on what would be
an antidote to that if somebody got it in their eyes or you or I got it in our
eyes how do we get rid of it quickly MILK. Water is a no no cuz it’s
a base that actually sticks on to your skin so water actually makes it
worse… it so the best thing you should actually use is milk. that’ll neutralize it yeah you know say like somebody leaving South Africa
or it’s they want to play paintball in another country how difficult is it to
carry a paintball gun in their check legged luggage depending
on the customer the country you’re going to attend today for example if you go to
Australia they don’t care what kind it is they will not allow it him because
thier policies do not allow it there at the end of the day you’re not looking at
our South African within South Africa there’s no issues with all guns
whatsoever moving it you can see it’s a paintball Gun,l you push it through
declared as a paintball gun the guys don’t have a problem with it. the
countries it depends on the customs also the guys will not even allow it in most
of the guys it looks so realistic for example our
and customs the guys will never allow that in them because of how do you stick
it is you got that Patrick that’s important
look at the tip okay this indicates that it’s a toy or a regular paintball toy
gun yeah it’s to show that that’s not a Real gun because the thing about airsoft
is the look and the way it’s identical to the real one yeah something she’s
actually sure that it is even something like this I mean this is small it it
looks kind of like a toy in a way certainly not so intimidating like
imitation this shoots the same ammunition same ammunition you can put a
hopper here and dump a lot of idents any kind of ammunition you want
exactly and the big tank comes off the back so it depends on you and your
choice of Guns, you actually get up what I see or what you really want you
can choose video thank you see this here does not look like a real firearm so by
looking at this you can say it’s not a real fire okay then crossbows I mean
this is a hundred and twenty pound bull crossbow I mean that’s powerful that’s
really powerful when we were kids we had 45 pound and that was powerful enough
with my target we actually stopped about 50 we got between 50 80 120 going all
the way up to 140 so with the hundred 2150 the guys actually use it for
hunting the rocks yeah damage it will definitely you looking at around
plus/minus around four hundred fifty nine four pack of six now the good thing
is as you can feel it is three point eight yeah what the top can be changed
yes so if you want it to be a bit much area
for example in the guys are using it for hunting etc we do use raise the head
plates so this is that cuts right through
anything okay and what is the cost of one arrow oh you said let me pack off
six is fifty four hundred and fifty was about thirty dollars a chevron we’ve got
to get you in here too but thank you you covered it pretty well all of our
questions and more they will take you Chevron for helping us out thanks a lot
and Rebecca wants to go play paintball now see you guys later there’s some very
impressive non-lethal self defenses here I especially like the paintball gun
would be pepper spray and glass breaker balls all to let those bad guys know if
they should come aboard they should go find a safer career thanks a lot for
watching I hope this video has been worthwhile for you if it has please give
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  • Reply Ian Mackintosh August 21, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Very well done video and commentary, I still think a Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher backed up with a small speargun with 2 or 3 spare spears kept in each sleeping berth are the easiest for IN Cabin protection (A small speargun like a "Mares Sten Pneumatic Spear Gun", 42cm, is a fishing item so I believe legal most parts of the world over). An ability to sound off your ships horn while in your cabin thereby telling others around you you have unwanted visitors also scaring off the opportunists.
    For repeal borders, above deck, I like an ability to activation the ships horn on a repeating short blast, backed up by a flare gun to shoot at their boat (handheld fare if above deck to repeal borders) and normal speargun for above deck use manly on their outboard motor (line not connected).

  • Reply Gary Baker August 21, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    You can use the large pepper balls in a blow gun

  • Reply VonBluesman August 22, 2019 at 12:10 am

    You said if you use a AR 15 or other guns you are _____t out of luck, and then you go and recommend some Mickey Mouse Matell Toy. I say forget that, get the real thing and if they come looking for trouble, the more and bigger fire power you have the better off you are. Look at how some of the American boaters have dealt with them. Remember these guys came looking for trouble knowing they can die and knowing they can kill you and there are no witnesses. Unload on those low life’s and if enough people start defending themselves the pirates just might revert to farming or fishing for a honest living for survival. Stay safe and good luck.

  • Reply Lars Pardo August 22, 2019 at 2:31 am

    love to hear any advice you may have for protecting your skiff when she is beached on the shore or tied up to a pier. Too many stories of getting the outboard ripped off or getting ones Avon punctured. Tacks on deck (like Slocum) & my dogs are my first warning of night intruders at anchor.

  • Reply uglyduckling81 August 22, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Definitely can't bring any of that stuff into Australia.

  • Reply SV ZigZag August 22, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Who are you saying is so heavily armed that armed resistance is futile?
    Where are they?

  • Reply SV ZigZag August 22, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Anyone from the armed services, trained with arms, security service, competitive shooting or very familiar with weapons will know instantaneously that those are not powered with nitro cellulose. I don’t think they will fool many people. My reasoning follows. My competition benchrest rifle if shot without hearing protection causes ACCUTE PAIN in the ears with one shot. Two shots will double a strong person over with ear pain. TWO SHOTS IS ALL ANYONE CAN STAND. The clerk sales person is firing multiple shots of the simulated weapons with no discomfort at all. It does not matter how big or how strong a human is the sound level of actual weapons causes physical discomfort. A LARGE DIFFERENCE. Those simulations may impress you, but persons trained or familiar with weapons are going to laugh.

  • Reply SV ZigZag August 23, 2019 at 6:03 am

    INTELLIGENCE – Intruder most likely a local that is looking for an easy score, or a local that is starving. Usually not armed or armed with club, stick or blade. Usually not world class criminal, opportunist, not Albert Einstein. Usually small stature less than 140 pounds.
    BEST DETERRENCE- Discourage entry by being well lighted. Hang a bright light from the spreader. Alarms rigged to motion sensor. LOCKS, HANG DINGY UP,

    EAST AFRICA — Somali


    Utila Island, Honduras – locals resorting to piracy usually on boats while at anchor.

  • Reply David C August 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I liked the pepper spray paint balls. What a great deterrent. Add a laser pointer to the front and I could see that as an effective deterrent as well. My son owned a few Air-Soft guns which are quite impressive. These type of guns are different from the CO2 power guns you featured and are quite effective. He had a MP5 look alike air soft machine gun which could fires hundreds of pellets a minute. The amount of shots you can dish out is crazy and will definitely confuse and panic the petty criminal. If fired at someone's head it could cause serious to fatal injury. As mentioned by many, the well armed gang type thugs will likely not be deterred to them and only escalate the situation. Great topic for conversation. Fair winds PCS.

  • Reply freestylesystemsTV August 24, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Did I understand you correctly, you're suggesting the use of non-lethal weapons instead of live ammunition if being attacked? I'm not too sure I understand that reasoning.

  • Reply Sharon EL August 25, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Read a book called "sailing alone around the world" by a guy called Cpt Joshua Slocum, describing his trip sailing solo in a 25' boat he'd built in the late 1890's. 
    When he was trying to get west along the Beagle Passage he had been advised by a mate in Argentina to sprinkle carpet tacks on his deck when moored at night to discourage nocturnal visitors. It worked for him in keeping the Terra Del Fuego indians away.
    He also resorted to a gun for a another encounter, but this was a hundred + years ago, so he did outgun the indians.

    Sharon's other 1/2

  • Reply Mwariama Sankara August 25, 2019 at 11:30 am

    The problem you have with people not understanding the video is it's hard to tell people who have a natural inclination to kill and who actually believes in the survival of the fittest that a deterrent is an actual option. It's mind-boggling that people can understand exactly a simple video that shows different gadgets available and to think these people claim to be in the Sailing Community which is about different ways of doing things. But I always find it amazing that people from Western countries go to other countries and worried about crime when they come from the most crime-ridden places in history or in the present. it's it's selective amnesia that historical criminals worried about places they have raped and murdered and worry about the effects of past Behavior on their Leisure Time. A big difference between people who are struggling to survive than people who historically are just greedy and fat from gluttony.

  • Reply spinnaker5514 August 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Please understand that I do not take lightly the taking of human life however, if I am going to aim a weapon at someone I intend to kill them. Otherwise you should not point a weapon at anyone. Even if you do not shoot, someone on the opposing force may interpret you response as a hostile deadly action and respond in kind.  I personally think the best weapon to keep on a boat is a Benelli M4 automatic shotgun. Loaded with buck shot and having slugs at the ready. This presents a great deal of firepower and slso the capability of sinking a fiberglass or wood hulled boat with a few shots below the water line. I have found that most pirates usually come to within a very close range before letting their true intentions to be know. In these close quarters a 308 rifle although effect is probably not as effective as a 12 gauge shotgun. I also keep a 45 auto as a last line of defense and for extreme close in battle. Thank goodness I have never had to use either but it's comforting knowing they are available. Of course there are lots of potential problems entering some countries with firearms. This should not be approached lightly. I have some ingenius hidden compartment that have never been found during any Coast Guard inspection. They were professional built by a company that does this professionally for a living. Cheap peace of mind! With all that being said, to each his own you have to follow your own heart. Being independent means there are no police that are going to respond to your calls of help and even if they did, they'd never get there in time! So when it comes to me or them….it's them!

  • Reply B. M August 26, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    paintballs are generally biodegradable and absorb water and swell, i would not use normal PAINT BALLS on a boat, use hard or firm "bullet" airsoft-6mm and BB are two very common sizes and 12g co2 is available all around the world if you really need you can even use selsor bottle chargers, lol, stay with something you can get around the world, AIRSOFT (or hard/reusable projectiles for paintball) or BBs

  • Reply hplfd1 August 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    @ sea it's windy – CO2 guns have a huge problem with wind. …. and pepper comes back by wind. May not the best defense for sailers – just toys for good weather. Even for home defense this choice isn't the best.
    Keep in mind – an angry pirate (because you hurt him lightly) is a real problem.

  • Reply Mauricio Moreno August 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    23:05 Salesperson: "remember, compressed CO2 is compressed AIR…" WTF… No! … Compressed CO2 is compressed CO2… not AIR… lol… this kid needs to do a bit more research on his product… like 80% of his stuff are guns powered by compressed CO2 – Carbon Dioxide – not AIR… Although… you could refill some paintball canisters with compressed air from a SCUBA tank, providing you have the correct adapter and the correct canister and gun capable to receive compressed air… Aside of that, good info, thank you.

  • Reply Max Ellison August 26, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Mr. & Mrs. Childress, you have a naive approach to a very dangerous problem. Advocating the use of a TOY that can cause pain to intimidate someone intent on inflicting harm, will get you killed just as quickly as a true firearm. Nothing will get you killed more quickly than pissing off a thug(s). At least with the aforementioned AR15 .556 calibre, you can make your stand and at the very least take some of the intruder(s) that are prepared to steal, rape, murder or ransom. Perhaps even deter the remainder of thugs to think twice about boarding your vessel if their lives are at risk. Irrespective of your choice, if someone is intent on doing you mortal harm, be assured they are going to accomplish their goal if you are not properly trained and prepared to protect yourself, your loved one or your property. Good luck with your travels, but I feel you are doing your viewers and yourselves a huge disservice by not being realistic about preparing for your own safety.

  • Reply Anthony Buckets August 26, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Just buy a laser 8 w 🙂

  • Reply David August 27, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Like you said, don't even think of having ANY of that equipment in Australian waters, it will get you jail time, or at least held pending a court appearance. Yes, we have thieves who steal from boats if no-one is on board, but at least we don't have every petty crook carrying a gun thanks to our tighter gun laws that some in the world like to ridicule.

  • Reply Grace Malley August 27, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    This is confusing because if a Pirate "Fishing" boat is approaching your ship in the dark of night (like this sailing vessel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TLlMcRdGig (3:10 on the video)), you think the Pirates will not stop when bullets are being shot at them, but they will for tear gas or paint balls? Does not make sense. I think I would rather take down 1, 2, or all of the Pirates with a gun than be taken ashore and held, beaten, and raped until death.

  • Reply the eye August 27, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    wear a face mask and hang up a sign in various different languages stating theres some deadly contagious disease aboard

  • Reply jumpleadsx2 August 28, 2019 at 7:45 am

    The best deterrent to pirates might be flying an American flag, and having some big pictures of AR15s on your hull.

  • Reply Michael Williams August 28, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Very bad idea. Just stay out of those areas

  • Reply Chilly August 29, 2019 at 1:00 am

    I answer is a .45 cal

  • Reply Atreyu Principalh August 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    horse fence electric equipment in the guard rails using removable gator clips.

  • Reply Ed Wiser August 30, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Very interesting video and highly opinionated responders. This is why I stopped commenting on this site. A lot of viewers have very contrary ideas and are not shy about trying to shove them on others. I got into a bit of a spat a few weeks ago on here about lithium batteries. I am an ABYC certified marine electrician and corrosion technician and commented that you need to be cautious with these installations. Some yahoo in northern Canada insisted not only on saying I was "clueless" but cast out a few other insults as well. Alas, there is a lot of bs on the internet and a lot of ignorant zealots who have read a bit and think they are the source of all nautical knowledge. It is not worth the effort. Maybe these guys don't have a life but I have boats to fix.

  • Reply Ed Wiser August 30, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I should add that you both handle the negativism from viewers very graciously. Far better than I would. Some of these people are outright insulting and offensive. I would just shut them down.

  • Reply Ed Wiser August 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Pirates are only a problem if they are led by Eric Cartman. He can be bought off with a bag of Cheetos. Arrggh.

  • Reply Lusty Wench August 31, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Never pull a fake gun on someone.
    If you fear for your life enough to pull a firearm, then it better be a real gun with real bullets and you better know how to use it.
    This is from an Australian who was a gun owner prior to, and post 1996. Our gun laws are retarded. We are not an argument for gun control.

  • Reply Dave M August 31, 2019 at 4:11 am

    An person with a knife looking to steal is not a thief. It is an armed robber.

    If they are not detered, they will do to you as they please. That may include repeatedly raping the women. Then tieing you and her to an anchor and dropping you overboard and scuttling your. Then sailing off and no one will ever know.

  • Reply Shane September 1, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Holy s**t…some of these comments are ridiculous. Bet you can't wait to go back to dropping content about boat repairs.

  • Reply kris t September 1, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I trust my ar 15 and I just won’t go where I can’t take it .

  • Reply kris t September 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    In my humble opinion it defies logic to prohibit people from carrying what ever they want to protect themselves cause I assure you law breakers don’t care about laws and will always be ale to get a gun

  • Reply kris t September 1, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    The most basic of human rights is the right of self preservation. However I guess that’s just a revolutionary American idea apparently.

  • Reply kris t September 1, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    If the choice is him or me . I’d like to try and make it him !

  • Reply Lusty Wench September 1, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    The final solution. Fore and aft, 2 on each hull.
    Problem solved.

  • Reply Thomas Aldridge September 2, 2019 at 10:51 am

    My Oh My! All this has only one solution, Situational Awareness and using the ole Noggin. STAY AWAY from these known risky waters. The Best self-defense is using your Brain. Pirates are almost assuredly armed with anything you would have. Plus, there is a matter of dealing with foreign authorties when entering ports. Good Luck when the shooting starts. Air Guns?! Sheesh!

  • Reply JAFO September 2, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Yep.. every one of those toys would get you in severe trouble here in Australia.. even, as you mentioned, a slingshot, (if it had a wrist-brace). Technically, on an Australian registered yacht, it would be illegal to carry any of those things, anywhere in the world. I'm even considering registering the boat I want to build in some other country, to at least partially get around some of our more obnoxious laws.

  • Reply woody ahh September 3, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Flare guns to start spear guns
    Secret compartments holding your shotguns and what ever you prefer
    All else fales break out the mini gatling

  • Reply GUNNER67akaKelt September 3, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    For those thinking of using a paintball gun on a boat, keep in mind those paintballs do not mix well with humidity. They would have to be kept in a very dry container, and probably a cooled container, depending on your climate. If they get damp they will start melting and will gum up your guns workings and barrel, making it inoperable in short order.

  • Reply Sailing With Vampires September 4, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I like the Red Ryder BB Gun 👍🏼

  • Reply jim jones September 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I’d rather have a real gun. Pulling an air pistol out is like pulling your dick out. Doesn’t scare anybody

  • Reply johnboylong40 September 4, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Does make one think that gas in a smaller (easy to crack or break) container to be thrown at a vessel trying to come along side followed by a flare gun. Unfortunately sailing is a vulnerable activity for those looking for easy targets of opportunity. If they are armed you are truly at their mercy. Be safe as you can be folks.

  • Reply john westermark September 4, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Ammonia squirt bottle or under air pressure.

  • Reply Guard Dog September 4, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    As someone who has been both a cop and a soldier, let me just say this; the only way you can be sure a person is 'unarmed' is if you pat them down.

    And if you can do that, then they are obviously not a problem.

    Also, if you point a fake gun at someone – especially if they are already engaged in an illegal activity – they are very likely to shoot you with their REAL gun that you didn't see or know was there.

    So if you climb on MY boat in the middle of the night, or look like you're gonna approach too close after dark, you ARE going to get greeted with a real gun.

    …and I can always pitch my gun overboard if I have to shoot you, and swear your buddy shot you by accident, if it comes to that. ( Since you or someone with you WILL be armed if I have to shoot you. )

    Yes folks, I'd rather be a live 'criminal' than a dead law-abiding citizen.

  • Reply Robinson Harvey September 5, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I hope y'all know your going to get people killed telling them to carry a toy to protect them selves the best weapon to protect yourself is a flare gun legal in every country and kinda required on boats 26000 degrees burns thru anything

  • Reply monocogenit1 September 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Hmm… How about a real rifle? Hope whom ever you point those fake guns at doesn't have a real gun.

  • Reply Josh Cook September 6, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I have HUGE problem with him (salesman) describing BB guns and paintball guns as being toys at the end of the day. I am bling in one eye from a BB gun and a paintball hitting your eye unprotected is like taking a thumbtack to a overfilled water balloon. Gun safety rules still apply folks.

  • Reply Ronnie Homer September 6, 2019 at 12:07 am

    You have lost your mind. Not anything usable in this video. Wasted 20 min

  • Reply Josh Cook September 6, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Final thought: this is gonna piss of the ethics police but I think I might feel more at ease fabricating a really good hiding spot for my fire arm and just not say anything in forbidding countries. That being said I still plan to cruise with no firearm. Seems like a shit sandwich to me either way…

  • Reply Ao1968 September 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Horsepower saves lives, Radar and an active watch in sketchy areas. they can only prosecute you if you leave evidence floating behind. sink it and send it. F them.

  • Reply Susan and Barry in Texas!. . . September 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Absolutely Essential information for safety! Good Job!

  • Reply Jim Liesen September 6, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Yeah. Umm, so bringing airsoft to a gun fight… Ya know what else is quiet and very effective on pirates? This is https://throwflame.com/

  • Reply Paul B September 6, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Nothing less than a pump action shotgun

  • Reply Video Ramblings of Matthew September 7, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Why are you so afraid to hurt the people trying to hurt you?

  • Reply MusFuzZ September 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Sv seeker is building himself air pressure cannons.
    I would bring real firepower, and rather be judged by 12…
    But i also despise the american use of force. Lethal force should allways be available, but a last resort. Equal power as one is faced with should be brought, trained with, and used before lethal.
    Coming from a guy who served as a millitary police, Gun collector, Sailor, libertarian and judoka.

  • Reply Isaac Vizenor September 8, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Wtf?? This is rediculus 🤣
    I m rockin a 12 g disposable pipe and stainless butterfly swords.. trust me , I bust out of the cabin bare ass nekid with them swords, throwing led fishing weights as hard as I can… don't nobody want none.

  • Reply Dirk Helmstaedt September 9, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I do like the pepper spray paint balls, great idea…but you don't solve the problem of "seemingly" using a gun. When you shoot one of those paint ball guns or the life like BB guns, the bad guys are going to think they are real guns initially, so that's when they pull out the real fire power, and now you are grossly under gunned. For knife wielding guys…for sure…

  • Reply Dawid Van Niekerk September 9, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Seer baie dankie vir die video. Thanx and welcome 2 ZA. Crime is a problem here. It was a problem sins the funding of South Africa. In the diary of Commander Jan van Riebeeck (1662AD) you will read that his "shepard", one David, was killed and the sheep/ cattle was stolen. The laws in the 1-st world and that of the 3-e world is very different. Since 2000 AD the law on firearms ownership have change. [Remember: Our Democratic Minister said: "Guns kills people and guns overthrow Goverments"] The best option is 2 have a flares and stay away from trouble… or trouble countries…

    On the topic of East Africa. You did not visted Reunion Island?

  • Reply Terrence Bradley September 9, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Whip one of these out at the wrong time in the USA and a cop will not hesitate to blow your ass off!

  • Reply vince33x September 9, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Australia used to be a gutsy nation but the women there have totally pussified the men…what a shame!

  • Reply vince33x September 9, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Guy behind the counter is saying unwanted guests will usually turn away at the mere blandishment of the CO2 gun. So why wouldn't having the real thing be even more effective?

  • Reply Bamba Maru September 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    cool video and good advices. We have been in certain areas where it is smart to be ready. Never had any issues, but we also have a big Rottweiler on board. Works excellent, but eats a lot 😅

  • Reply Jack Rabbit September 9, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Seems to me all you will achieve with these pea shooters is make the attacker even more angry, likely resulting in your death. Bad guys usually have no compunction about committing violence to another person, whereas most decent folk will hesitate, if they can bring themselves to doing it at all. When confronting an assailant, the only real approach is avoidance, or if unavoidable, to use real fire power with real intent and without hesitation. In most countries even using pepper spray would be seen as assault with a weapon, with very dire legal consequences. Even countries where reasonable defense is allowed (i.e., in Canada), you cannot be seen as having any kind of deliberate weapon on you, lest you be charged with armed aggression. Your only legally valid defense would be if you, say, picked up a stick or something like that to meet your aggressor with the same force that he comes at you with. Even if he comes at you with a gun, though, it is highly unlikely that you'd get away with using a gun or even a knife yourself. While aggressors can be encountered anywhere, the best approach is to avoid areas where you are likely to encounter desperate people, like Venezuela, Columbia, Asia-Pacific, etc.. Alas! This good old world simply isn't what it once was. Its gotten real ugly, and you can't expect to have the care-free cruising experiences of Moitessier or the Pardys.

  • Reply Michael Piccirillo September 10, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I simply connect 50% of my lithium batteries to my metal stanchions that surround the perimeter of my sailboat.

    Last time a pirate tried to enter my boat all I seen was this bright light & a loud Zap, I kept on reading my book knowing that whomever came from the sea just returned back to the sea in which they came.

    I sleep soundly at night. Sometimes I can’t get to the keys to open my locked gun so kids can’t accidentally get to it or I don’t have time to properly load it correctly.

    I just flip a switch at my navigation station to activate the AKA “Bug Zapper!”

  • Reply Michael Piccirillo September 10, 2019 at 1:13 am

    There are certain places I stopped sailing to. Like parts of the waters off the coast of Africa. The Domenic Republic & with all the recent Mass Shootings I seldom sail to parts of the USA. They don’t have proper gun laws enacted yet & there’s a real gun epidemic in America to don’t address, they loose so much tourism, really sad.
    Maybe with a new president things might improve, we’ll see. I’d like to return & sail there in the next few years hopefully crossing my fingers.

    Great video, Stay wet my friends, peace!

  • Reply Nate McDaniel September 10, 2019 at 6:43 am

    I'm pretty fire conscious and I have way over what is required for fire extinguishers both in size and number of extinguishers. I have wondered what one of those larger size extinguishers would do to an intruder- turn him into a block of ice? LOL

  • Reply Joe September 10, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    How about dirty words against an AK47.

  • Reply Rrudy DeDogg September 10, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I will not allow myself, my loved ones or my dog to be defended by a CO2 pistol. If you are going to brandish something it better be able to back up its perceived threat. And mam, I wouldn't hesitate to eliminate anyone boarding my boat uninvited regardless of what they wanted. If they don't come back often enough then maybe the others will think twice about piracy.

  • Reply Paul Debono September 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Once you take your gun out the intruder would expose his arsenal. Having a real gun will give you a 50/50 chance. Pick your choice.

  • Reply Michael Lindsey September 12, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Michael Lindsey OMG you two are such liberals.either get a real gun or don't have one. I dont know, I do respect you for living your dream and sailing the world but i can't fathom defending myself against pirates with an airsoft or paintball gun.just seems laughable but hope it works for you both

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  • Reply Sturdivant House September 12, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    The boat manufacturers must be told we need defensible boats, with REAL advanced materials, over-engineered blocking and locking, special safe areas and etc. And we as boaters need to immediately use social media and spread the news any way we can when we identify a manufacturer who is taking this seriously. Kevlar, titanium, particle steels, Advanced Nano Plastics, etc, really CAN create a defensible craft. We need to get serious about security systems on boats in terms of cameras and recording and we need to start calling for International cooperation at making our epirbs work better with law enforcements, not just regular SOS use.

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  • Reply Stephen Livers September 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    The first thing I would have is a couple of cans of bear spray. That stuff will instantly stop a 900 pound grizzly bear in a full charge in its tracks, and its about 8 times as potent as that wimpy pepper spray your girls carry. 2nd I would have a nice ball bat that I would use to beat you about the head as you try in vain to get the bear spray out of your eyes, mouth, throat and lungs. As all of this is going on I would have my girl drag out the old cut down Mossberg pump. As she rackes it I would hit you with the bear spray once more and wash you off the deck like a large domestic house fly…….

  • Reply Cody Powell September 13, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I would love to say what a great informative video but I can't. You either carry a legit firearm or don't waste your time and money. BB gun vs. AK47?? No way in hell.

  • Reply Christopher LaDuke September 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I can't believe how dumb some of these comments are. I thought the original posters were pretty clear about their point. In most states in the US it is ILLEGAL to kill someone over property. You will go to prison. That's in a country where we have the second amendment and rule of law. I have had friends held in a third world for ransom BY THE AUTHORITIES. Break out a gun at the wrong time and you may win the battle but lose the war. All you weekend Rambos sound real tough…let's see how you do in a Mexican prison where it takes 3 months to go to trial. I had a friend who worked for the USDA counting salmon in Grizzly country in Alaska. They used to go out into the field in teams. He used to joke that if they were attacked by a grizzly, he'd spray his buddy in the face and run, point being you don't have to outrun the bear, just the buddy. Personally I like the idea of having BOTH lethal and non-lethal force available to me so I have options depending on the situation. I guess a warning shot from the mossberg might be more effective than bear spray? Dunno.

  • Reply Patrick Childress Sailing September 13, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Please understand that this video is about defending yourselves against having Un-Armed thieves and intruders board your boats. We are still exploring this every day as full time cruisers, and we are not sure what we do and don’t want. This video is simply to introduce some more ideas of what’s available here in South Africa. Everyone must decide for their own boat.
    Please do not feel we are telling you these are good ideas to use…they are simply ideas, some better than others.
    We have decided to make our first line of defense, after common sense, locking things up and not displaying them on deck…along with the installation of a super decked out security system onboard Brick House. Nobody will step onboard without us knowing about it, and without sounding alarms so loud we will all be nauseous and blind, while authorities are called if we so choose, even when we are out of cellular range…complete with anti-tamper technology, backups d much much more! (Http://www.GOST.com)
    Let us know your thoughts on these ideas…and please suggest other ideas too. We are all ears!

    Also…here is an IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS INFORMATION. Visit our website to get some important data regarding the use of paintball guns on sailboats: VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THIS VIDEO. WATCH ENTIRE VIDEO FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION IN THE UPDATE:


  • Reply GIANTSECRETS September 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    It's your word against theirs.

  • Reply Eric Johnson September 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    The lure of adventure and tropical paradise can be a trap indeed.

    But how does one really know the "intent" of an approaching vessel, be it in a marina at 1am, or broad daylight while cruising anywhere? There is no way to know for sure if they are just looking to steal some items, or do a kidnapping. Or perhaps they are open to both ideas. Maybe they board your boat, round up some of your stuff, then decide, hey, we're going to kidnap them too, because they look like weak sheep people on a very expensive boat.

    The bad locals already have a good idea of who is in the marina on any given night. Their buddy going around selling fish, or guiding you to a mooring spot, may also be doing some general recon ahead of the night's thieving run.

    I suppose for general overnight's, having bright spotlights on deck and a person on watch through the night would be good. A loud warning alarm and flashing strobe would let other boats know who is having troubles. A long push pole with a greased end section(if they try to grab it) may be handy to shove the problem(s) off into the water.

    If you can't fend them off, have a below deck area that is hard to break into and can be secured from inside. A safe room with radio equipment if you will. Let them steal the items on deck and be gone. Maybe also have deck cameras to record at the push of a button below deck. Not that most local "authorities" would do anything, but you can post the video online for others to be aware of.

    Perhaps a local marina cruisers "neighborhood watch" consisting of insomniac volunteers on moorings to be the lookouts through the night for suspicious activity.

    Off topic: Armed pirates looking to take everything, including you, can operate far offshore from "mother ship" home bases. Unless you have a buzz gun from an A-10 Warthog mounted on your bow, and ammo to feed the hungry beast, you are toast unless you can outrun them, or drop floating nets in the water for their props to tangle up in. Are you ready, willing, and able to fight to the death vs. being taken by a group of toothless, uneducated, machine gun wielding crash test dummies?

    A good pair of image stabilized binoculars is handy to have, and a night vision pair as well. If you have to run for it, better to get an early start and have some time to gather up any other defensive items you have chosen to keep on board. You still may be doomed, but what other defensive choice do you have other than a radio and hope a military ship is nearby to save the day.

    I'm not saying you should sail paranoid. Well, maybe, because there are plenty of scum out to get your stuff and or you. And if your floating around in a $100k+ boat, your going to get their attention.

    Get the big engine, fast cruise prop option and extended range fuel tanks. Know how to use all your radio equipment quickly in an emergency before it happens. During an emergency, you don't want to be scratching your head and trying to find the user manual for all the dials and buttons.

    Orrrr, just watch Youtube videos from your couch and save the $$.

    I have to go get some water from my full sized refrigerator. Oh, there is ice cream in there too. Sweet! Damn this couch to fridge thing is really tiring at times. But ya gotta do, what ya gotta do. Couch sailing, the poor mans adventure. 🙂

  • Reply Eric Johnson September 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    The lure of adventure and tropical paradise can be a trap indeed.

    But how does one really know the "intent" of an approaching vessel, be it in a marina at 1am, or broad daylight while cruising anywhere? There is no way to know for sure if they are just looking to steal some items, or do a kidnapping. Or perhaps they are open to both ideas. Maybe they board your boat, round up some of your stuff, then decide, hey, we're going to kidnap them too, because they look like weak sheep people on a very expensive boat.

    The bad locals already have a good idea of who is in the marina on any given night. Their buddy going around selling fish, or guiding you to a mooring spot, may also be doing some general recon ahead of the night's thieving run.

    I suppose for general overnight's, having bright spotlights on deck and a person on watch through the night would be good. A loud warning alarm and flashing strobe would let other boats know who is having troubles. A long push pole with a greased end section may be handy, if they try to grab it, to shove the problem(s) off into the water.

    If you can't fend them off, have a below deck area that is hard to break into and can be secured from inside. A safe room with radio equipment if you will. Let them steal the items on deck and be gone. Maybe also have deck cameras to record at the push of a button below deck. Not that most local "authorities" would do anything, but you can post the video online for others to be aware of.

    Perhaps a local marina cruisers "neighborhood watch" consisting of insomniac volunteers on moorings to be the lookouts through the night for suspicious activity.

    Off topic: Armed pirates looking to take everything, including you, can operate far offshore from "mother ship" home bases. Unless you have a buzz gun from an A-10 Warthog mounted on your bow, and ammo to feed the hungry beast, you are toast unless you can outrun them, or drop floating nets in the water for their props to tangle up in. Are you ready, willing, and able to fight to the death vs. being taken by a group of toothless, uneducated, machine gun wielding crash test dummies?

    A good pair of image stabilized binoculars is handy to have, and a night vision pair as well. If you have to run for it, better to get an early start and have some time to gather up any other defensive items you have chosen to keep on board. You still may be doomed, but what other defensive choice do you have other than radio and hope a military ship is nearby to save the day.

    I'm not saying you should sail paranoid. Well, maybe, because there are plenty out to get your stuff and or you. And if your floating around in a $100k+ boat, your going to get their attention. Get the big engine fast cruise prop option and extended range fuel tanks. Orrrr, just watch Youtube videos from your couch and save the $$.

    I have to go get some water from my full sized refrigerator. Oh, there is ice cream in there too. Sweet. Damn this couch to fridge thing is really tiring at times. But ya gotta do, what ya gotta do.

  • Reply Philip Zalewski September 15, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Seems to me, a pressurized dive tank is a good start. And you strap it on.

  • Reply Dylan Crosson September 15, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    You can use paint ball gun with frozen paintballs. Trust me, I found out how much these hurt when doing a late fall early morning game with friends.

  • Reply MrOramato September 15, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    OOOORRR, Get yourself an self-defense Elephant.

  • Reply bucket head September 16, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Intent is hard to figure out forsure, so is capability, and proximity

  • Reply wcresponder September 16, 2019 at 6:18 am

    If you choose to sail into dangerous waters you either lay down as a lamb or prepare to stand and fight.

    If you intend to truly stop bad people you have to take the upper hand.
    Put a loud hailer on your radio/vessel, broad cast warnings and the mayday call.

    Have non lethal long range offensive capability (high power laser pointer fry – some eye balls)
    Get a Potato gun or t-shirt launcher and devices tear gas canisters. Use your flare gun after lobbing a few gas filled water balloons.
    Closer in fowling lines, butyric acid devices thanks greenpeace..

    Close in life in jeopardy defense..
    1. Fostech Origin SBV with buck shot or slug or dragons breath round or alternating load in 10 round magazines.
    2. AA12 same load out as above.
    Close quarter
    1. bear spray
    2. spear gun
    3. tazer
    4. fire extinguisher
    5. knife
    6. hatchet
    7. hand gun

  • Reply santa mulligan September 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

    A drop of gun oil on the canister preserves the seal. What about a flare gun one up in the air for distress and then shoot their boat, thanks for opening the subject, a parachute flare fired horizontally is quite a weapon

  • Reply Fernando Santana Luz September 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Grenade then, sink their boat in the middle of the ocean and forget about it.

  • Reply Richard Autry September 16, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Paintball markers (guns) are in accurate especially over 60 feet. Laser sights are only for show. They use the accuracy through volume theory. Tippman's are cheap and rugged but are the worst in performance.

  • Reply custodiopablo September 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Whats the store name or website please

  • Reply Steve Angell September 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Reginald Jenkins September 17, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Finger OFF The Trigger!!!!

  • Reply Mark Rigsby September 17, 2019 at 4:46 am


  • Reply pol swan September 17, 2019 at 8:23 am

    why americans are so gun freaks,, better off be friend with AN IRANIAN,,

  • Reply Patrick September 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Great video. Thanks for posting it, hopefully, it shuts up some of the people who constantly say " I would just shoot a few rounds off " or " An AR or an AK will fend off anything ". Funny how those people always seem to not be cruisers and just watch for feeling like they are and just have to interject with uninformed nonsense. After we spoke the last time about this I looked into the laws in the regions I plan on sailing to and found that besides having to check my weapons in (there is a chance I won't get them back, slim chance, but none the less a chance) I would be required to allow for an onboard inspection to verify that ALL weapons are checked. And not checking them in and then they find out I didn't or I use them in defense, I'm screwed or up shits creek as you put it. Same difference. Either way, I am looking deep into other options, some of which you covered here and then there are ultrasonic sound waves, super intense bright lights, and others. Great video. Thanks again.

  • Reply Robert McLennan September 18, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Emergency flare and if possible a metal flare gun.

  • Reply asiffool September 18, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Love your videos, including this one. However, while I respect your opinion greatly, I don't agree with the comments that you can't defend yourself against an armed attacker. I do understand that this video is about theft prevention. This is a far more likely occurrence than an attack on the open ocean. Impoverished, low grade harbor thugs are far more common than real pirates. This actually a danger that goes back since boats were invented.

    What some don't understand is that this is when whatever guns you have on board are either impounded or under a customs seal. Also, if you go through the hassle of bringing a gun, nothing freaks out local authorities like some of the paramilitary weapons civilians can buy in the states, or just about any handgun. A shotgun is plenty if you want to carry a gun on board and not that uncommon. Some places like Mexico don't care if you declare the gun or not. If you have it, you had better have a Mexican firearms permit or a Mexican hunting license and be bringing no more than 50 rounds of ammo into their country. Having one is often something of a hassle. If you have a single 'sporting' long arm and you declare it, the Mexicans will sometimes just take it and give you a pass on it, once. Paramilitary style weapons or handguns…. you are humped.

    Also, what many don't realize is that the USA is just as draconian on non-resident foreigners who come into the USA with a gun.

    Attacks out on the open ocean, where a gun can be very effective if you are trained to use it, are statistically very rare. However, here are incidents of people on yachts successfully defending themselves with guns against armed attackers. Many reports show most pirates typically backing away from an encounter at the first sight of the intended victim being armed. They are in this for money, not glory. Some have found that carrying and openly displaying a training replica or realistic looking toy assault rifle painted to look real got people to steer clear of them and left them alone.

    The incident with the 47ft fiberglass yacht 'Gandalf' and the 45ft steel yacht 'Mahdi' fending off very heavily armed pirates at the Gulf of Aden with a single 12ga pump shotgun is a good example of using the boat as a weapon (ramming) in conjunction with a firearm. They were attacked by exceptionally well armed Arab water bandits in two skiffs, each with a belt fed machinegun and several men with AK's. At one point men with AK's actually tried to board Gandalf. Gandalf got some bullet holes but both American yachts left with one pirate skiff capsized (rammed by Gandalf) and the other adrift and smoking with no one moving or showing themselves (hosed down with 12ga buckshot from the skipper of Mahdi).

    Pirates are not supermen, they are gutter level scum, often moonlighting fishermen, and not well trained. Unless you are off Somalia or a couple of other notorious hot spots, most are really not well armed. They also are not suicidal. Criminals with any real savvy and skills are making real money running drugs or hitting large merchant ships with $millions in cargo, not stealing grocery cash and watches from a yacht.

    That said, the trouble areas for piracy are often well known and avoiding them doesn't detract from your fun. the first step to winning a fight is not having one.

  • Reply Roni Yap September 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Be safe

  • Reply James September 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    These two are sitting ducks I want my FNFAL 308 with 3000 round on board a well ventilated pirates are good pirates

  • Reply James September 18, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    You won’t be safe with fake gun gramps

  • Reply Joshua Fischbeck September 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I appreciate your hippie sentiment… but laugh at your incompetence… If you shoot a pirate with a BB or paint ball… he will laugh… get on your boat and slice a new opening in you and your wife… if you shoot him with a 308… 5.56…. or 7.62… they fall in the water and die… also even if you hit with BB and they go away… thjey'll just come back with more guys who have real guns… if you kill them they don't come back

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