Please select your home edition
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design SALE LEADERBOARD

Let's talk about security

by Noonsite 27 Oct 2022 14:58 UTC
Let's talk about security © Noonsite

It is heart breaking to receive reports from cruisers who have been boarded while at anchor and burgled, whether it be during the night, while ashore or while down below.

Sometimes these incidents involve weapons and are violent. In most incidents neither the vessel, nor the stolen equipment were locked. Just this month in Sal, Cape Verdes, cruisers who went ashore (but left their big dog on board), returned to find their unlocked boat had been burgled. Fortunately, the robbers were caught. In Soufriere, St. Lucia, another serious boarding occurred just one month after a similar incident in the same bay, when an unlocked boat was boarded in the early hours of the morning by armed men and robbed.

Nowadays, cruisers should treat their yachts like they do their homes on land, their dinghies and outboards like their cars. Going out, or going to bed, and leaving your doors and windows wide open, your car out front unlocked, is just asking for trouble in all but the most isolated spots.

Secure your valuables that you have to leave on deck, and stow the rest below out of sight. Consider security measures so you sleep better at night (our security page has some helpful links), and know before you go.

Review the security section for each country you want to visit on Noonsite (opening page of each country) and if heading to the Caribbean, check out the detailed information on the Caribbean Safety and Security Net, another incredible free resource provided by volunteers.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of

Related Articles

Caribbean Sea, Atlantic and Mediterranean outlook
Scottish cruisers Sally and Simon Currin received a friendly welcome in a country of contrasts The Association of Bahamas Marinas has created a new mobile app available for both IOS and Android to complement their existing website. Posted on 31 Mar
Off the beaten path
After Covid, many sailing yachts have set their course north After reporting from Easter Island last month, Canadian cruisers Brent Crack and Mary Bevan share another report from an even more remote spot in the Pacific, Pitcairn Island, an experience, they say, that would be hard to replicate anywhere else. Posted on 3 Mar
Red, Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean seas
Wade Alarie outlines the latest situation for those planning a Red Sea passage By the end of February, yachts are busy crossing the Red Sea in both directions. The big news is that the HRA designation has been lifted, and this should be reflected with insurance coverage starting to be offered to vessels. Posted on 3 Mar
Manta rays: Yachties helping out
Bruce and Alene of SY Migration completely fell in love with these beautiful and curious fish "An 18-foot manta gracefully gliding inches away, staring directly at us with one of its big black eyes, is truly one of the most powerful and wondrous experiences we've ever had." Posted on 2 Mar
Vitamin sea - Smart with seaweed
AgriSea use NZ's native brown seaweed as a bio-stimulant for agricultural use Double-handed circumnavigators Ivar Smits and Floris van Hees, recently spent an extended period in New Zealand, using the opportunity to tour the country by campervan. Posted on 1 Mar
From the archives
10 of the best from 2022 From the archives: 10 of the best from 2022. Posted on 29 Jan
South China Sea and Indian Ocean outlook
It's been announced that the month-long Andaman Islands Rally is back on for this year Long-term SE Asia cruiser Anthony Swanston of SV Wildfox, spent the 2022 rainy season tucked up in the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Marina at Pulau Langkawi Island on Malaysia's west coast. Posted on 28 Jan
Caribbean, Atlantic & Mediterranean Ocean outlook
Tobago has new, high-quality moorings for yachts in Man-O-War Bay Two round the world rallies started this month from the Caribbean. World ARC started from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia and the fourth Oyster World Rally from Antigua. Posted on 27 Jan
New to cruising - How to get started
Best advice from experienced cruisers Jeremy Wyatt of World Cruising Club talks with Canadian blogger Annika Rautiola about how to move forward when you have a dream of crossing an ocean. Posted on 26 Jan
Ocean outlook: Caribbean, Atlantic, Mediterranean
Keep a look out for fishing debris when cruising in the Caribbean Sea Caribbean Compass, the free monthly online boating publication for everything Caribbean, came under new ownership this month. Posted on 26 Dec 2022
Selden 2020 - FOOTERHyde Sails 2022 One Design SALE FOOTERNoble Marine 2022 SW - FOOTER