Rope and golf ball launcher developed to defeat pirates

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Engineer reports that a net and rope launcher, which can also fire golf balls, is being developed to prevent pirate attacks. The Engineer reports

The Buccaneer, from BCB International, uses compressed air to fire a plastic cylinder containing either a coiled rope or net up to a range of 400m.

The coiled line of net or rope, which has a parachute attached to the end, will unravel and lay out across the surface of the water. As a pirate boat travels through the water its propeller shaft will pick up the line and become entangled.

Another poor solution to a problem that was solved hundreds of years ago.

Hat Tip: Slashdot

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  • Matt Groom Matt Groom on Dec 01, 2009

    Oh, yeah. One more thing:

    "The consensus among shippers is that if they arm their ships it will result in more loss of life."

    That's the idea. You make seizing a ship by force a potentially lethal act, and suddenly it's something people aren't interested in doing. If it were my ships, they'd have the materials to make flame throwers and Molotov cocktails at the very least. I'd burn the skinny bastards alive on their rickety boats before I'd let them set one foot on my ship! And I'd leave the ones who jumped overboard to extinguish themselves to drown. My crew is my family, and NOBODY messes with my family!

    Firearms keep things civil. In the absence of firearms, it gets brutal fast. We're talkin' melee weapons and flame weapons, which have been used since the dawn of time. Chemical, Biological, and new-age Electronic weapons are too new, too unproven, too expensive, and too slow to implement.

  • Arthur B. Burnett Arthur B. Burnett on Dec 03, 2009

    Greetings from Texas,
    I'm for arming the crews. Rifles and handguns have their place but for small boats and boarding parties I would go with shotguns. My preference would be pump shotguns with a staggered mix of 00 buck and slugs. Slugs work best of the boats but will make one hell of a hole in a pirate. 00 buck is best for the pirates but won't do the boat any good either. Which ever cartridge you start with the other is a quick pump away. Just keep "pointing and clicking" until the problem goes away or stops wiggling.
    Harsh? These are pirates, right?