I have often thought that if I hit the Lotry, I think I would like to outfit a trawler (like The Pinguin) to be diguised as a hapless craft, but mount quad fifties and maybe a light cannon behind screens, then setting sail for Somalia.
I think it would be great sport to lure the pirates in, then drop the screens to blow them away. Yes, it would be dangerous, but potentially a lot of fun!
Hell, the same ship whose captain that the Easter SEALs had to rescue had driven off a Somali pirate attack of roughly the same size, same water, when a different captain fired THREE ROUNDS from a 9mm Browning HiPower.
Predators don’t like food that hurts. Go figure. Pretty true throughout nature.
Pirates have one very simple solution – kill them.
Even better, it is a solution that is wholly supported by the accepted laws and rules of the open waters, and generally accepted by most international treaties and agreements.
Of course, actually following through on that solution is predicated on having the tools necessary to do so, and, unfortunately, most overseas ports are remarkably intolerant of private / civilian vessels having anything even approximating a firearm onboard, so, sure, the pirates will continue to prey on those ships that cannot afford the licenses/pay-offs to take their hardware into port. I have always wondered if a company could actually sustain itself by having various passenger ships floating 12 miles off the coasts of major ports that could function as the on/off-load point for armed freighter defense teams; pick them up on your way out, drop them off on your way in, they rotate around as necessary and are paid on distance or whatever. Their pay would have to be really damned good, though, and the overhead for the transfer ships would be painful, and given that freight companies already work on pretty narrow profit margins… hm.