I keep a "taken down" riot gun in the galley and in the aft lockers. I have 2 barrels in case we are boarded and given a "drug inspection" (International Law knows no probable cause apparently cause we get boarded at least once every two years)
I keep a short (18" barrel) packed in the engine crawl space and I keep a standard length barrel on the shotgun for travel. Once the cops see the gun with barrel connected, they seem to not stay interested in seeing whether you have the additional makings of a sawed off. Long guns in Canadian Waters arent a big problem especially if you say that youre tuna fishing.
There is a problem with some piracy in Canadian US border waters but its mostly sailboats that are getting overrun.
We often huddle up with a group of trawlers (Mainships are small trawlers that are all pilot house and living space), when we get in really big waters ..
I think it was in the 1980s that Congress enacted a statute
whereby the Coast Guard, or Border Patrol, or Customs began robbing
drug smugglers of their boats.
(Thay also robbed innocent non-smugglers of their boats,
that were too expensive [lawyers' fees] to sue to get back.)
In reprisal, and with a vu toward keeping a profitable livelihood going,
drug smugglers became pirates in the water off of Florida,
stealing the locals' pleasure craft and murdering the locals.
The local citizens then began to take defensive submachineguns
out with them. My personal taste does not run to shotguns,
tho I acknowledge their usefulness; thay have their advantages.
A few weeks ago, I read of pirates impersonating drug inspectors
and then boarding ships for piratical purposes.
(I wonder whether that practice is especially popular on April 1st.)
What r "big waters"? Tall waves ?
I am not a nautical person.