The Complete Yacht Security Handbook: For skippers and crew

The Complete Yacht Security Handbook: For skippers and crew

by Fritze von Berswordt


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Whether moored at their home ports, or visiting a less familiar port in a distant country, sailors need to pay just as much attention to the security of their yacht as they would their home or car. By being aware of potential dangers and taking prudent steps in advance, boaters can ensure that voyages to even the more adventurous of destinations will be less stressful.

The aim of The Complete Yacht Security Handbook is to equip boatowners with the knowledge and confidence to minimize risk, guiding skippers and crew through the entire safety process, from planning the journey, setting up the boat and equipment, to preparing for and dealing with actual threats.

The Complete Yacht Security Handbook covers:

- Achieving a security balance: how to assess risks and counter them, and determine whether it's better to avoid a risk or prepare more thoroughly

- Preparing the boat and equipment, including boat layout, communication, distress signals, alarm systems, access barriers, training, and the pros and cons of weapons

- Hands-on security: safe marina layouts, deterring thieves, what to do if boarded

- Background to attacks on yachts: the difference between inexperienced criminals, pirates, and terrorists; understanding attacker's intentions, tactics, and appropriate methods to defend yourself

- Risk classification for all global cruising grounds

- Security checklists for various types of voyage

With full color photos, illustrations, and tables, The Complete Yacht Security Handbook is an indispensable guide for sailors when planning a voyage. It may not be possible to eradicate the risks completely, but this book will help cruisers assess them realistically and prepare to counter them confidently.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472951670
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.39(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Fritze von Berswordt is a psychologist, strategy consultant, and circumnavigator. During a two-year sabbatical, he sailed around the world (and into many of its more dangerous waters) with his wife and daughter—by researching and preparing well, they had a safe and happy trip. In The Complete Yacht Security Handbook he shows how all sailors can keep their boats and crews safe, whether in the marina at home or in pirate-infested waters.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I Background: Acts of Piracy and Attackers 8

Piracy: understanding the threat 10

Criminal attacks on yachts 12

Crime dynamics: an introduction to avoiding and repelling criminal attacks 17

Offenders, modes of action and reaction to resistance 28

Physical conflict and self-defence 35

Part II Planning Your Cruise in Uncertain Regions 36

Security balance: a simple method for assessment and planning 38

A clear picture on risk: cruising area and yacht situation 39

Optimising your cruise: effective risk reduction 46

Part III Preparation: Vessel, Equipment and Crew 48

Ship layouts and security 50

Security equipment on board 55

Behaviour and capacities: preparing the crew 101

Part IV Security in Action: Avoidance and Deflection of Criminal Attacks 106

Safety in the marina 108

Mooring buoys and solitary bays 112

Sailing in pirate-plagued waters 130

Sailing in convoy 163

Appendices 182

Items of a crime report 182

Emergency communication table 183

Glossary 184

About the author 187

Reference 188

Index 190

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