Tom’s Tips About Dealing With Real Life Piracy

By Tom Neale, 4/3/2014

1. Be sure you mean what you say. For example, consider not flying the skull and crossbones unless you're confident everyone around knows you're joking or playing games. This has been a serious and deadly threat to many people for many centuries.

2. Don't assume someone is a threat merely because they're different. Always start out with politeness and a smile. If it looks like this isn't appropriate for the situation, change the situation by leaving. You're on the water to have fun, not to be uptight about your surroundings.

3. Beware of boats that are particularly severely unkempt. Most boaters take pride in their boats. People who are using boating as a means to a nefarious end might not feel this way about the boats they're on. This doesn't mean we need to be snobby, just exercise common sense.

4. Be concerned about boats with evidence of a recent and hastily done name change or numbers change.

5. Don't leave dinghies hanging off your stern on a rope painter at night, or unattended at the beach.

6. If you do leave your dinghy on a beach and take a walk, take your handheld VHF with you so you can call for help when you return to an empty beach.



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