Like it or not, guns often onboard yachts

Regional and territorial laws make carrying guns a headache for yacht Masters. 

By Dorie Cox

The recent arrest of a yacht owner with an unpermitted gun in New York prompted questions about firearms in yachting. We presented the topic to captains at our From the Bridge lunch, a changing group of captains gathered by The Triton once a month, and we started the conversation with, “Who has guns onboard?”

The answers ranged from “everybody”, “we used to” and “never have” to “depends where we go”.

“People don’t talk about it because a lot of captains have guns that are ‘onboard’ but, they’re ‘not onboard’, if you know what I mean,” a captain said.

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