Boat “owners” withdraw from Somali waters after a rash of boat-sharing incidents

Unbelievable. So get this… these crybaby rich people have decided that they won’t sail their boats in the Gulf of Aden anymore because of too much “boat sharing” going on there. (source)

The problem is not the boat-sharers. Boat-sharing is the future of boating. These so-called “boat owners” miss the fundamental point that boats should be free. Boats are made of wood. Wood comes from trees. Trees are living things and thus should not be bought or sold. And, if boats aren’t free, well the ocean belongs to everyone. If you put your boat on the ocean, you should be prepared to share it with anyone else who might want to use it.

Of course, there is an option. If you don’t want your boats to be shared, then change your boating model. Only sail in closed swimming pools or navigable rivers within national boundaries. Is that so hard?

An owner of a popular boat-sharing location in Somalia criticized the international crackdown and condemnation of boat “hijacking,” as draconian and anti-freedom.

I don’t understand why people are mad at me, I didn’t take anyone’s boat. I run a legitimate luxury yacht brokerage catering to the large Somali yachting community. People bring me yachts that they want to share, and I help them share them with other people for a fee.

None of these yachts have any external signs that they are owned by anyone except the 13 year old, machine-gun-toting, shoeless boys who brought them here.

If any of these boats are stolen, I will gladly give them back to their proper owners, as long as they send me a proper legal notice with a copy of their title. Until then, how am I supposed to know if they belong to someone else or not?

Personally, I blame the people who think they “own” the boats. They could secure the boats better, thus making them impervious to boat-sharing. If they coated the boat in three-inch-thick steel, sort of like a floating “panic room,” then nobody would be able to share their boats.

Ultimately, the problem lies with the boat “owners.” They don’t recognize that their boating model is outdated, and trying to punish individual boat-sharers is nothing more than a blatant money grab.

8 Responses to Boat “owners” withdraw from Somali waters after a rash of boat-sharing incidents

  1. MikeZ says:

    “None of these yachts have any external signs that they are owned by anyone except the 13 year old, machine-gun-toting, shoeless boys who brought them here.”

    The part of the analogy does slightly trouble me. How do you actually verify that the place you download something from is actually legitimate. For some sites there is an obvious sniff test that would fail i.e. thepiratebay.org, However others don’t seem clear. Is it illegal to watch a youtube video? As far as I can tell with google and 10 seconds you can find a music video of every song ever made. How about megaupload.com? This is the actual “sharing” site behind tvshack which has been shut down multiple times but is still running. Want to watch Iron Man 2 then just got ohttp://www.megavideo.com/?d=6SOGXGQ0 and its streaming right there, no torrent and you can even pay real money increase your download speed. I have to assume this is less legal than streaming it from netflix or iTunes mainly because tvshack.net was shutdown and that site did nothing more than link to megavideo. However none of these companies provide any evidence that they have a relationship with the copyright owners. Heck I think I saw Iron Man when flipping channels at home the other day, I didn’t call up Showtime before watching and ask for proof that they are legally streaming the show so am I a pirate?

    Seems like online piracy and the real Somali version have another thing in common, everyone focuses on the guys in the boat and not the guy financing the operation.

  2. Jeff says:

    Yes, I disagree with this analogy. You can’t compare copyright violations with armed boat robbery, although I am sure there are effective ways to demonstrate the level of harm they cause.

  3. vaughnmgreenwalt says:

    You know only a handful of people get what this post is about, right? I’m willing to bet I know 3 blog sites that don’t

  4. KWW says:

    Why do you want 13 year old, machine-gun-toting, shoeless boys to commit suicide? Asshole.

  5. groanan says:

    In an environment where law enforcement is needed to curve human behavior, and said enforcement is lacking, it is no wonder that the have-nots will force the haves to share.

    There were (still are? not sure) societies that do not believe in personal property, everything being either owned by the community or by no one in particular (can you paint with all the colors of the wind?); if boat sharers get their way, some societies may stop recognizing single person boat ownership. I do not find much trouble in this as personal boat ownership does not really help us (the collective us) out that much, especially those of us who stay on dry land, so who cares if people can’t live their entire lives off of bogarting their own boats? Why are some of the most lucrative endeavors not related to health, the environment, security, and science? Boats are just recreational, and their use has a Brave New World soma like effect on our populous, making us more accepting of inequalities and injustices.

    Perhaps behavior will change if the laws about when you can legally share someone’s boat were changed, or the punishments, so that just looking at someone’s boat from a distance wasn’t enough to warrant million dollar judgements and prison time.
    Any law that you can almost certainly not never break, such as traffic laws, are doomed to not being taken seriously.

    Perhaps the boat owners, who do not want to share, could educated the public about boat ownership laws, using a solid intellectual argument instead of using an analogy to space travel, which has absolutely nothing to do with boat ownership because in space you cannot share boats.

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