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To: jstassis
What kind of weapons do you need to bring with you along with your compass?

Sadly, most pirates today have enough heavy arms to overpower anything but a Coast Guard Cutter. In that region, they likely belonged to TROP and may have been operating out of Tripoli or another N.African port, otherwise they would have taken the boat and used it once for a drug smuggling operation.

It doesn't say what punctured the dink, but it would have to be something deliberate, since those things are pretty tough.

16 posted on 08/25/2006 6:32:37 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: SlowBoat407
The Barbary Pirates have operated in that area for the last 400 years. Just because we have not heard from them lately does not mean they have gone away.

In other news: Terror Fears As (Islamic) Radicals Reopen Vital Port (Mogadishu)

60 posted on 08/25/2006 6:58:33 AM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: SlowBoat407; jstassis
I've sailed offshore almost all my life - Atlantic, Pacific, Med, & Southern Ocean, as well as the Great Lakes. SlowBoat's comment that pirates are usually better armed than anything less than a CG Cutter is true. It's become increasingly difficult to even carry weapons on a yacht that intends to enter foreign ports - well-hidden gun lockers can help, but the weaponry doesn't do you any good offshore unless you have it at the ready at all times.

I've turned down several recent chances to sail the South China Sea because of piracy that has become all to common in that area especially. Fortunately got to sail that area in my bullet-proof younger days.

67 posted on 08/25/2006 7:08:13 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Sophomore dies in kiln explosion? Oh My God! I just talked to her last week...)
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