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Anybody have some thoughts or have considered a sailing vessle as a "go-to" for bug out? We live in a congested area and though we have well water and could stock up to "bug-in" my concerns are the proximity to the urban environment (ground zero in this case) and not having a support mechanism with the neighbors to board up or defend - long story there. Figure it's maybe 20 miles to the river/access to the bay vice 100 miles to the mountains and any cabin on what would be very congested highways. Any thoughts as I start evolving a plan in this fashion?
 

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I think if one has the ability and know how it would be a great SHTF plan unless of course SHTF is a Tsunami. ;) Unlimited supply of food and water.
 

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I take it you mean really a SAILING boat. only use the motor for emergency back up. I like the idea..... make sure you have a reliable salt water distillation unit for fresh water though. and remember IF you have to hit land, all the looters etc. will look at you and your boat as a giant windfall for them.
 

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I take it you mean really a SAILING boat. only use the motor for emergency back up. I like the idea..... make sure you have a reliable salt water distillation unit for fresh water though. and remember IF you have to hit land, all the looters etc. will look at you and your boat as a giant windfall for them.
I hadn't thought of that, but have been considering buying a 25 to 30 foot fixer upper. Pete are there reliable salt water distillation units for small boats? I live about 5 miles from Puget Sound and a quick trip to the coast would offer ideal evac routs. Great idea!
 

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I think its a decent plan, for someone that is very experienced in sailing. Myself, I would be paranoid to even attempt it. To many things that I haven't been trained to do.

I would make sure the boat is loaded (and I mean loaded) with fishing supplies, enough to make sure you can eat every day for a long time, even with snagged and lost hooks and line.
 

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Having grown up on the LEFT coast... I always thought .. well once I started thinking along these lines... that heading out on a boat would be far better then trying to negotiate my way thru the heart of Los Angeles if something bad were to happen... Santa Catalina Island is about 30 miles south of Marina Del Rey Harbor... Its closer if you leave from points further south... that trip can be done in an inflatable Zodiac with a 10 horse outboard and one 5 gallon tank of fuel... I've done it.. Not wise... but hey I was 24 years old.... 10 foot tall.. and bullet proof.... The Channel Islands are located slightly more then 60 miles almost due west of Marina Del Rey... maybe a little north too.. Finding a boat to make that trip would not be too hard I think... Those Islands can support a decent number of people for an extended period of time.. plenty of wild game..Goats.. Pigs.. and Deer... Fresh water... And some of the best offshore fishing in the country...
 

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Duster, I personally have not checked into them, but know they are available and I would think in various sizes..... hmmmm something to check into. Quick google check shows there are units available, even a nice hand unit. $825. Expensive - yes, Necessary - YES
 

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Duster, I personally have not checked into them, but know they are available and I would think in various sizes..... hmmmm something to check into. Quick google check shows there are units available, even a nice hand unit. $825. Expensive - yes, Necessary - YES
Thanks Pete. This has got me wanting a sail boat even more. Old beaters are a dime a dozen here. Bitsman, my thoughts exactly. It's about 100 some odd miles out the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the open ocean, then north or south is very remote coast line for hundreds of miles. Lots of game and the few people are going to be the smart, resourceful, hardy types, just the type I'd want to team with. Hmm what can I trade for a 25 foot sail boat? Anybody want a race car?
 

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Sail boats are frequently referred to as large holes in water in which one throws money. I personally have no idea if its true but based on comments from friends I suspect any sizable sailboat, properly maintained, has surprising recurring expenses. One of my friends literally had a party when they sold their sailboat and referred to it as finally "stopping the bleeding."
 

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B>O>A>T...... Bust Out Another Thousand is what I was always told !!
 

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Funny how anything a person likes costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ be it a boat, car, cycle, camper, guns, girls, oh wait skip that last one, I married. :(
 

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girls, oh wait skip that last one, I married.
Trust me - you'll be paying on that one for the rest of your life.
 

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Sail boats are frequently referred to as large holes in water in which one throws money. I personally have no idea if its true but based on comments from friends I suspect any sizable sailboat, properly maintained, has surprising recurring expenses. One of my friends literally had a party when they sold their sailboat and referred to it as finally "stopping the bleeding."
Well darn it that sounds like an airplane or a swimming pool!:mad: I was glad to be rid of both. Can't be that bad though. I have room to store it here so dock fees would be minimal. Don't need a boat A&P to fix it. We don't have the Sun damage problem many have with outside stuff. I know though for what I'd pay, and there are many here in that range, it'll be a ragged out dog in need of major overhaul. A labor of love, and another money black hole.
 

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Dunno much about boats, but the small fishing stuff around here have annual registration fees, taxes, and you need a boat launch permit to put it in the water. BTW, if you have plans to run to a small island, realize every guy with a boat has the same plan, and the local residents will not be too welcoming of people out to take their resources.

Same way with people who figure they will "head for the country" when SHTF, most all of the "country" except public parks and such is already owned by people who don't like strangers from the big city coming in right now. Imagine the shotgun welcome you will get after SHTF.
 

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Dude. Blimp.
 

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Old saying (and I know for a FACT this one is true) "The 2 happiest days in a boat owner's life are 1. The day he buys it, 2. The day he sells it."
 

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Dunno much about boats, but the small fishing stuff around here have annual registration fees, taxes, and you need a boat launch permit to put it in the water. BTW, if you have plans to run to a small island, realize every guy with a boat has the same plan, and the local residents will not be too welcoming of people out to take their resources.

Same way with people who figure they will "head for the country" when SHTF, most all of the "country" except public parks and such is already owned by people who don't like strangers from the big city coming in right now. Imagine the shotgun welcome you will get after SHTF.
All true IMO, and yes the taxes are there in WA. The beauty of this idea out here is the NW Pacific coast is very sparsely populated in many areas from the Olympic peninsula north. And since as you point out there would be trouble where ever you find people, might as well go where fewer can get to. I don't take most of this SHTF stuff seriously anyway. But it can't hurt to incorporate planning into your life when ever it is convenient.
 

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I sure would not want to be stuck on a boat with limited supplies. I was raised a country boy, always going camping, hunting, and fishing. I would be ok living off of the land in a survival situation.
 
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