Alex of Crewagency brought up a point to me in a email on the advantage of doing a retrofit of a commercial ship into a exploration yacht so that I could easily fit the toys I was so eager to bring along. I guess he missed my comment about the "industrial" look of these refit's into luxury yachts so for me that option is probably out. He mentioned though that this sort of look will be less attractive to Pirates compared to a luxury yacht. My question is this, Where in the world am I most likely to encounter pirates and other encounters with bad intentions of harm or theft? What measures are normally taken to thwart such events from occuring? I am intending on having a private security detail of 2-3 bodyguards, properly trained for defensive security while at sea or port and knowledgeble in high caliber weapons and the like for use. In a inquiry of one of the shipyards they told me putting in a 50 caliber gun mount is realistic and has been done in the past for a client. IS that one of the most popular large caliber guns available on the open market? I know you can buy one still at any gun dealer here in the USA, thanks to the ignorance of the laws and the reversal of the Brady act. IF a mount was put on a boat, what area is the best place to mount this? Bow, Stern, sides or all 4 , Main deck level or up higher? Now if i could only get the eye in the sky helm to come with a rotating ring blasting Laser beam! Now that would let me sleep at night in peace! lol What would end me up in jail for owning and even using if the time came to that in other parts of the world? Is say a 50 caliber legal but a rocket/grenade launcher a big no no? Just for discussion of course... I am not wanting to become a floating armory and take on any country's coast guard or shore patrol or Navy, but I would like to know my choices and then ramifications if protection of that sort was used. As the word is anything in the world is available if you have the money to buy it, I just don't want to find by buying something I am set up for legal troubles either inside USA waters or International or other countries by having it in a armory locker. How are the international maritime laws when regards to protecting life and property to the extent of blowing a boat out of the water and killing the assaliants? OK perhaps I am paranoid in my questions, but I also have read about a few yachties ending up as fish chum. So maybe I am not off base all that much in wanting to know what my limits are and what is realistic to have built in or put on a existing yacht for defensive/offensive protection.