Pirates on Sailboats-FLARES as Self Defense?(Reefing Hooks+Scuppers too!)Patrick Childress Sailing28
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Pirates on Sailboats-FLARES as Self Defense?(Reefing Hooks+Scuppers too!)Patrick Childress Sailing28

today on Brick House, Reef hooks, Scare the
hell out of those pirates, scuppers to drain the deck Years ago people would ask Patrick would
you ever go sail around the world again and I would say no, not really I I didn’t
have the enthusiasm to I had enough adventures I didn’t need anymore
in fact even my enthusiasm for sailing was waning I had done a lot of boat
deliveries between New England and the Caribbean and the only exception to that
world cruising idea would have been if I had met the right lady if she just
happened to come along who had the sailing skills and she was the motivator
and didn’t mind dragging me along I would not be the motivator at all on a
world trip or any kind of cruising in fact all that boat deliveries that I did
even the enthusiasm for that was waning and I only had one more trip in me and I
used to do a lot of work for OPO Offshore Passage Opportunities which is
a crew networking organization and they also have a what they call a Swan
sailing program that’s where crew would sign up to sail on a Swan sailboat
whether it’s a 46 48 52 or whatever from Newport Rhode Island to Bermuda to St.
Maarten so that they can get offshore sailing experience with an experienced
captain before taking their own family’s offshore so I had at my head I would do
one word trip and we left Rhode Island and had one of the stormiest passages
you can imagine it was a lot of fun the crew was fantastic and that’s the
trip that Rebecca had signed up for Hank Schmitt always the owner of Opio
always put the women on my boat trying to keep my motivation up which it helped
but I had a lady friend for five years the sweetest person in the whole world
and I was not looking but at the end of that stormy passage and once we got down
to st. Maarten there was a little connection between Rebecca and myself
but two more years went by and we finally got together
and turned out not only was she good looking and a good sailor
this was her boat a Valiant 40 I couldn’t pass up that field so Rebecca
has been dragging me across oceans ever since I mean we first met God how long
ago was that we’ve been on this boat now for 12 years it’s 2018 right now
that’s almost going on 15 years that we first met amazing how time goes by when
you’re out cruising and having fun with the right person so let’s get on to the
how to do it videos come on over and take a look at this reefing hook this
part of this sail is called the dog bone and these are the dog bone rings for
reefing purposes I like to use two rings on the reefing hook because it holds the
tack of the sail closer to the boom and it just gives me a little better shape I
don’t think it really matters I could go with just one ring but it raises it much
higher but the problem has always been I would hang on have to hold on to these
rings try to raise the sail with my left hand then all of a sudden a lurch of
the boat makes me drop my hand from these rings because I have to hang on to
the mast and continue to hoist the sail and the whole time these things are
falling off and I’m right back to where I started if I’m lucky just one ring
stays on and I can go ahead and hoist and I just let it go at that
so I finally took a spear gun head like this one ground down the rivet
that holds the two barbs on to free up the barbs and then I came back to the
reef hook and ground flat spots in the reef hook so I could attach the Barb and
use a stainless steel rivet to hold the barb on so now it’s impossible for these
dog bone rings to come off and I can use one, i can use two and no problem so
what’s nice about this is that now when I go in to put a second reef this will
not come off it’ll always be ready to use
in the first reef position so let me show you this starboard side and how I
set up the second reef so here we are on the starboard side of
the gooseneck I don’t have a solid reef hook on the starboard side that would
fit underneath this bolt like we have on the port side because you have specific
port side and starboard side reef hooks you can’t swap them and I haven’t come
across a starboard side reefing hook yet that I can modify and mount underneath
this bolt if I took the port side reef hook and put it over here it would smash
up against the mast so on this side I just have a carabiner that’s been tied
on to the gooseneck and I used this for the number-two reef I don’t like this
system so much because it wobbles around way too much it it allows the tack of
the reef to come out in a direction I don’t really care for but it is adequate
enough for the number-two reef certainly there’s other ways of securing the
dog-bone rings the reef tack to the gooseneck so if you care to share some
good ideas with everybody just leave it in the comments down below this article about pirates accosting
Brickhouse first came out in the Australian sailing publication cruising
helmsman in January 2017 and then it appeared in Blue Water Sailing magazine
the American publication in May of 2017 and it’s about how we were accosted by
pirates as Rebecca and I were sailing south in the Gulf of Thailand about 90
95 miles to the west of the Vietnam Coast it’s a long story if you can’t get
a hold of those magazines you can also go to our blog site www.WhereIsBrickhouse.com then search for pirates and it’ll come up and read all about it but how we
were able to to discourage these pirates and stop their approach was to shoot off
a flare in their direction when Rebecca and I were sailing south in
the Gulf of Thailand about ninety some miles west of Vietnam that is when I
shot off one of these Pains-Wessex flares the other Huawei flare was just a
malfunction dud even though it was far newer than the Pains-Wessex but the I
held the Pains Wessex just about maybe 10 degrees above horizontal
pulled the pin, the safety pin, flipped the lever over and it shot out it’s
amazing how fast of a drop rate the flare had, it only went about maybe 60
feet before it plowed into the sea water but that loud bang, the smoke the billowed
out, and that projectile that flew out even 60 feet was enough to scare those
pirates away they stopped their engine dead the boat turned off to port away
from us and that was the last of the trouble we had with those guys so I
wanted to see what would happen now because I’ve always thought I need to
set this up at 45 degrees and see what kind of a trajectory that would give as a
ranging method for next time that might happen and if I have to scare somebody
away so that’s what this experiment is all about
so this Huawei flare was manufactured in 2013 and expired in 2016 this experiment
was done in 2018 the Pains Wessex is far older it was manufactured in 1993
and expired in 1996 who would ever expect a 22 year out-of-date flare to
ever launched properly setting up the cameras I wanted to make sure that I had
full coverage on the launch of these flares I just really wasn’t sure which
direction they’re gonna go how far they’re going to go if they’re going to
go anywhere at all so I set up several different cameras and set those to run
at 60 frames per second with the head mounted camera on my head running at 30
frames per second first up was the Huawei flare only two
years out of date before in absolutely nothing a total dud this
is exactly what happened during the situation with the Pirates
I had a Huawei flare then and pulled the cord and nothing happened and all the
while these guys are getting closer and closer and we’re just about ready to
have a collision and fortunately Rebekah was able to get me another flare of
pains and wessex and at that point though I would say we had some distance
on these guys and I was able to shoot off the pains and wessex and scare these
guys away but so let’s see what happens now with the Pains Wessex if we hold
it up and had a 45 degree angle and shoot it all I never would have guessed
that the flare would have gone that far and that high very impressive for a 22
year old out-of-date flare I’m not surprised at all that the flare itself
underneath the parachute did not ignite but if it had and if it had landed on
somebody’s boat there’s no way in the world they would have put the fire out
when these flares hit the water they continued to burn for their full
duration underwater if you have one of those little plastic orange orion flare
launchers don’t ever call it a flare pistol because they’re very illegal in
many foreign countries but if you ever shoot one of those flare launchers into
the water the same thing the projectile will continue to burn for its full
duration so you’d never ever want to shoot an intruder on your own boat with
one of those because your boat will eventually go up in flames
Hang on to all of your old flares they’re very good protection from the
bad guys. When I got involved with Brick House which was built in 1976 the only
drainage on the side decks were one little drain on the port and one small
drain on the starboard side of the deck hardly enough to get rid of water fast
enough when we’re out in stormy conditions I mean what if there
is a leak in any of the bolts holding on the stanchions or leak at the chain
plates I don’t need a pool of water just running over all of these areas causing
problems I want to get all that water off the side deck just as quickly as
possible so so we needed to cut scuppers through the tow rail which was a fairly
easy project we actually had this done in Cartagena Colombia and there is a man
there named Flavit if you ever go to Cartagena, look up Flavit and he’ll
do a great job for you. It was very simple to cut holes through the toe
rail and then he made little plates of fiberglass and glued those in place and
then sealed up all of the exterior joins the problem is half of them did
leak on the inside just a little drip but it was extremely difficult to get to
those areas and what I did was able to clean up the joins and then used 3m 5200
all around the joins and the seals where it meets the outside of the hull and
that took care of all the leaks so I actually patch it up from inside of the
boat so we have three scuppers and that seems like that’s enough in number that
we have one here another one farther aft back here and then another one much
farther aft ,as far back as we could make it. When we’re hard on the wind and
waves are washing over the side deck they’ll slam all the way back here even
the scuppers up forward are not enough to drain everything right away
so all that water who washes all the way to the very back of the boat on the side
deck gets caught up in this corner and before it would just come splashing up
and half of it would come into the cockpit it was a real mess so we cut
this scupper in here and now a lot of that water rather than coming into the
cockpit, disappears over the side Every two weeks I try to put out a new
video on Friday and the next video though it may not have that much to do with Sailing
because Rebecca and I did real National Geographic experience going way up
inland in Tanzania to a National Park and did a safari but also just getting there
it was a grueling eight and a half hour bus ride and that was not an American Trailways Scenic Cruisers bus. It was a Tanzanian bus very crowded very
smelly and it even broke down along the way which was a good thing because
everybody needed a break out in the middle of the highway so we had a half
hour to get off the bus and walk around till they cooled the engine down and got
more water in it but that’ll be a fun video to put together. These videos take
about two to three hours of production time for every minute of airtime so it’s
a tremendous amount of work Rebecca doesn’t understand why I do it sometimes
I don’t understand myself it’s just something fun to do maybe when we’re if
we ever monetize these videos then she might get a little more excited about it
and I can understand that. hey but thanks a lot for watching if this video was
good for you please down below click on the thumbs up and if you haven’t already
to subscribe hey thanks a lot for watching and we will see you soon! you


  • Tony D

    The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. You need a high powered semi automatic rifle for everyone on board. Not all pirates are going to be afraid of a flare man, especially when they have such a low success rate….Protect your self and your loved ones with some firepower.

  • Jimmy .L

    I used to make those flares. I put the percussion cap in the bottom of them. The pains and wessex not the dodgy ones. Interesting story, one of the guys that mixed the explosives cocked up one day and blew himself and a bunch of buildings to utter bits.

  • richystar2001

    White people are so dumb thinking that anyone's life is worth anything.. In the third world life is worth shit animal or human… Arm yourself with guns protect yourself because next time you will be sinking toward the bottom of the ocean with a slit throat or worse.

  • Ananda Mañana

    Had scuppers in the cockpit seating section. If we had enough heel, the water would be forced back up into the seat. Of course, it was a tiller so we always had wet asses. Terrible design.
    As for pirates, I carry a piezo even on the rivers…you went to Vietnam without a jammie? Jesus Christ!

  • adrian P

    YOU shoot off a flare in their direction…. and and because of that the pirate boat sail away !!!!!!!! what is this advert for flares?? get serious…

  • Sailing Nordic Sun

    Thank you for the video. I think I will keep my old flares from now on. Need to get some of these handheld ones. All I got is the ORION gun kind. Keep them coming.

  • Steeltree - homesteading with a twist

    If I were ever to sail and be confronted with pirates
    I would want a barrette m107
    With a few hundred rounds of ammo
    You’d be able to maneuver for a side shot and take out there engine block
    The m107 has 50cal bullet
    It’s very easy you shoot one or two shots across the bow of a pirates boat he’s not going to stick around
    With the range of a mile or more
    Small arms fire in return is not a issue
    Tracer rounds can be used at night or as In cinerary rounds to burn there boat
    If they’re smart they will leave you alone
    You can use a pvc tube to store it
    In dry conditions with plenty of oil
    And practice shooting in open waters
    Coupled with a ak47 you’re not going to be over taken by pirates
    If you’re planning to travel the world by sea
    In today’s world you’d better consider what I’m saying

  • evanofelipe

    Thanks for your great advice, so thoroughly ingrained with and learned from years of experience, it’s a treat to hear. Liked and subbed

  • Roman de Caesar

    I would highly recommend the XM42-M (www.XM42.com) for use on pirates. It has a 30 ft range, and the strength of the flame will set pirates and pirate ships on fire. Granted, you must take into account wind speed, direction, etc., but as the ancient mariners were aware, there is no greater danger to mariners, pirates or otherwise, than fire.

  • Daniel Scott

    Just out of curiosity but would a compound bow or crossbow and arrows be something that would get you tied up in customs or where ever it is that you have to register when visiting a foreign port?

  • Steve P

    You must be senile to think you scared pirates away with that flare … they have rocket launchers and automatic weapons ..
    This kind of advice can get people killed.

  • Jacob S. Gunter

    There must be international law issues, even law of sea issues again just carrying a lot of firearms. Maybe foreign jail issues when in port re firearm restrictions.

  • Andrey Rykovsky

    How did you define those were pirates? Jolly Roger flag? Pirate song on deck? Have my strong doubts that flair would stop even few people with bad intentions….. not saying those were good guys, but still curious…

  • Mr. Ski

    That is way too much time to make a video. switch to a different editing program and you can spend 2 or 3 hours for the same result.

  • Angelo Attard

    I have seen skippers linking the reefing hooks with the spinnaker pole support on the main mast to keep The reef cringle from falling out of the hook….yours is a better idea, and more permanent.

  • Coconut Woman

    Great info once again! Good to know about the flares how they successfully scared off the pirates. How could you tell they were pirates? What if they were just needing fuel or supplies and had no radio? How can you tell? I don't have experience being approached by vessels but I think in my naive mind I would assume they needed something rather rhan they were trying to board/steal from me. Thx for making these videos!

  • Jacob Harrington

    I always build gunwales with gaps in em.. for water shedding. And scupper holes are so tit. The fact u paid a dude and still had to resort to 5200.. is sad

  • John Schneiter

    Hmmm.. I always would put tbe reef hook thru the crinkle at the sail tack… not once did a sail maker ever offer a dogbone.. that would have been a lot easier..thanks

  • Jeremy Genslinger

    Fireworks mortars and a foot PVC tube painted Black to look like a shoulder fired Rocket works the same way get the one's that make the super bang get a vacuum sealer and individually seal each mortar to keep dry not only can you scare the hell out of them by firing it into the air but will cause damage if fired directly at them especially if you hit a person Perfect legal weapon for a boat around the World.

  • David

    There is no way in hell I would sail without a firearm of some kind on my boat. A bit of creativity will come up with a good hiding place that is also accessible.

  • Paul Kube

    I also keep several out-dated P-W flares and rockets aboard as backup to the 40+ year old, sure fire, mil-surplus euro 26.5mm flares and smokes. AFA reef. hook….. Perhaps a fixed/toggled turning block at/near the bolt and a cleat on the boom?

  • Chris Bouldjedje

    You got more chance to get assault in any big city ,then Pirates in the Ocean…95% of the time it's fishers men who approach you , to try to sell they'r fish just caught super fresh 🙂

  • Tee Bee

    First things first. DO NOT use this video as an example of flare handling.
    Because a flare doesn't fire immediately DOES NOT mean it is definitely NOT going to fire off, not all DUDS are the same. If a flare fails instant ignition wait at least 60 seconds before you just put in the boat or point it carelessly about. At that point you would be advised to throw it overboard and not risk it further causing a problem, as it is still an extreme fire hazard which is very bad at sea.

    The same holds for flare pistols with cartridge charges, a small amount of moisture(not uncommon at sea) may seep into the igniter/propellant and cause a delayed fuse action. You cannot afford to be this careless in such conditions, you don't want to further compound the issues you are facing.

  • General Mayhem

    I would carry a few swords and challenge them to a nice, old fashioned sword fight. You know, fight to the death then you'd have one hell of a tale to tell about life on the high seas. Set up a Go-Pro and I bet your likes would be through the roof. Good luck!

  • General Mayhem

    One more suggestion; if you were to drill a series of holes in the bottom of the boat all the water will just drain right out.

  • Tony M.

    You're lucky that you were dealing with scared and unseasoned pirates. Absolute madness to rely on rotted flares as a means of defense. If you're going to sail in pirate infested waters then carry a shotgun and assault rifle such as a Ruger Mini 14 (stainless). I don't care if you are breaking the law. Lives are at stake. Otherwise it's idiocy to take your wife into those waters!

  • electro1622

    Pirates carry guns and shoot people without a second thought to get what they want..if you think that you scared off pirates with guns with a flare you are delusional…

  • RAG

    Keep up the Sailing VIDEOS, I love watching people and THIER sailing VIDEOS, I love to see VIDEOS or documentaries of the oceans, sea life ETC, BUT never had the courage to get on a boat or ship or sail boat, YOU see I'm "terrified" of Water over 3 feet deep and not see through.
    When I was about 3 years old, I almost drowned , I was playing on the beach on the sand when a huge wave rolled me into the water, it tool my dad and an uncle abit before they were able to save me, (I remember bits and pieces, the rest was told by my mom), anyhow ever since I've been terrified of Water, ESP the ocean and other bodies of water, BUT IF I have a good life jacket on and can see land near by I CAN SOMEWHAT RELAX, (I think I believe this theory)! BUT I do love to see the brave souls that sail the oceans without fear.
    Thanks for your info on your videos also, maybe 1 DAY I'll become "brave" and step foot on a boat in water without fear, "YEA, RIGHT"! NEVER HAPPEN ,BUT I CAN DREAM!😉

  • 26744 with no videos

    Get a airsoft gun and show em you mean business, it won't be illegal and from that distance I doubt they will think it's fake.

  • rideswithscissors

    I shot a flare pistol at a Zodiac inflatable in the Bahamas, it bounced off the bow and shot into the air, quite spectacular! This woman had had enough of these guys and we were going to take her to Nassau so she could fly home to the states, the boys on her boat thought otherwise. But they turned around and didn't come back. The gal was pretty unhappy about getting her belongings searched and having her drugs thrown overboard, ha ha! But we let her smoke her pot so she would chill.

  • David Nelson

    Your best defense is just to stay away from trouble areas. By all means your commen sense will keep you out of trouble. Great episode too.

  • Phil Gé

    Hello Patrick. Nice idea to divert a harpoon beard to make a stop on the reefing hook . About flare, you never use leather gloves when firing flare? I do it … Fair winds, Phil from France

  • John Wang

    People don't realize that a flare gun is a plastic single shot sawed off 12 gauge shotgun. Maybe keep a few 12 gauge shells with the flares.

  • Van exploradora

    Like your Videos and I subscribe to you channel ! , can you do the same for my channel ? I just started driving from Fort Lauderdale to whatever takes me in USA. Thanks.

  • T III

    What a great story at the start of the video… and what a lucky man you are. Inspirational, and gives the rest of us some hope.

  • Jennifer S

    The Thai mentality never changes..the beaches in southern Thailand were. Covered with bodies in the 70s..victims of pirates

  • Mikkel Jensen

    Tembo ni mnyama mzuri. Tumia wakati fulani ukawaangalia. Wao ni busara sana kuliko unafikiri. Serengeti ni bustani nzuri, lakini Ngorongoro pia ni ajabu …. Maaan – I have forgotten my swahili. Samahani.

  • Andres Bruno

    Excelente vídeo excelente idea la de drenar el agua por ahí sube más vídeos de la vida a bordo siempre me ilusiona acompañarles a través de su travesía

  • David C

    What a great back story on how Patrick met Rebecca – spoiler – I had already read about it but it is super cool to hear it from Patrick! More great tips. Thanks! Fair Winds Brick House!

  • Dawid Van Niekerk

    Thanx 4 this great video. How u met Rebecca. Like a Bible story. Rebecca of the Bible!
    Then the matter of poor, poor ppl of the C. They just wanted water. They just wanted WATER and U SHOOT at the them. U Animal!
    (U will remain Rebecca's animal)

  • Robinson Joe

    I would put a genuine climbing carabiner under that bolt as the hook. Spring-loaded clasp ready and waiting and you could slowly and carefully bend it back (with heating if necessary) so it's where you need it.

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