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Yachts shun pirate waters after hijacks

The first time John Rodriguez tried to sail around the world, a hurricane sank his boat. His second attempt failed because of pirates bedeviling mariners in the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Rodriguez is among thousands of sailors who once steered their yachts across the warm Indian Ocean without a second thought, but are now rerouting, hiring replacement crews, packing their boats aboard cargo ships and contracting armed guards, or canceling their dream voyages altogether.

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