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The Nautical Prepper: How to Equip and Survive on Your Bug Out Boat (Preppers) Paperback – September 17, 2013

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  • Series: Preppers
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612432204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612432205
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is an okay book... not great, but okay. It gives some good ideas. I found the author to be rather biased in his reasoning, and not always the best decision (in my opinion). For example, he recommends only getting steel hulled boats. His argument is that when colliding with something a fiberglass boat will be holed while a steel hull will be dented and can carry on. The problem is that in a long term survival situation steel needs to be repainted and that may get hard to find. Without paint steel WILL rust through in salt water. A fiberglass hull will lose it's shine without wax but will remain solid for decades. Plus, repairing a fiberglass hull is something anyone can do if they bring supplies and a how-to book, but welding a steel hull repair takes a lot more skill.
He also recommends taking firearms. If your country collapses and you leave it on your boat, other countries still may be functioning (semi) normally and will have problems with you bringing firearms into their country. The whole idea is you LEAVE dangerous areas and run away, not stand and fight (or you'd stay in your house).
I also found some errors. For example, he mentions emergency beacons are called "AIS" units. No, they aren't. They are "PLBs", Personal Locator Beacons. The AIS is Automatic Identification System and transmits ship name, bearing, and speed to other local vessels to avoid collisions.
Overall the book gives some decent advice though, and some great ideas. The most important point is not to buy a boat and set it up and let it sit, but to USE it.
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It was through my research on both bug out bags and bug out vehicles that I came across The Nautical Prepper by Capt. William Simpson. After reading his material, it became apparent to me that his work is a seminal piece with both thought provoking and practical information for those interested in general emergency preparedness and preparation for the likelihood of a societal worst case scenario.
Although, Capt. Simpson has an extensive base of knowledge and resume in ships and navigation, what impressed me most was his philosophical and spiritual tenet that is the foundation for his preparation and survival strategies and approaches; to find solutions that are the least combative and confrontational . While he does find the need to be defensive and tactical, the most extreme responsive measures to a threat should be the last (and most likely) final option.

With this in mind however, he definitely addresses the use of boats as a viable means to escape, evade and survive any number of catastrophes that can occur. Thus through boating, it is totally conceivable to live completely off the grid while experiencing an amazing adventure.

After reading Nautical Prepper, Capt. Simpson makes a solid argument to considering the water option to escape and avoid any land lock threats. Furthermore, the book advocates a highly mobile living situation which allows for one to either “bug in” or “bug out” safely instead of the more restrictive options of traveling overland for escape or the death trap posed by choosing the bunker solution.

As mentioned, I found his information solid and valuable that I incorporated many of his thoughts into my writing and research materials. I would highly recommend anyone serious on emergency preparedness and survivalism to read his book. It will definitely give you another perspective in which to consider.
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The most durable cultures in the world are nomadic, and nomads are the ultimate survivors. They can react to changing conditions, conflicts, and crisis like no other people can. Few people are more sustainably nomadic than those nomads who live upon the sea. The Sea Gypsies of Burma are an example of this.

A bluewater sailboat, by it's very nature, rivals the best prepared prepper retreat in self-sufficiency, and it exceeds any land based form of transportation in terms of mobility, regardless of whether it's a truck or a camel.

Those sailors in the modern sub-culture who live upon these ocean capable boats take such matters as part of their day to day business. Sailors are both avid readers and avid writers, and hence there are many well written books on the nautical or 'cruiser' lifestyle of the modern sea gypsy.

However, while there are a great many books written upon the subject of outfitting and sailing a modern ocean capable boat, there has been a serious lack of books, almost none until now, dealing with taking the advantages of an ocean capable boat to it's real capabilities as the ultimate survival retreat in the event of a severe, long term crisis.

Capt. Simpson's book has done much to fill in that gap. He has actually done lengthy retreats on an ocean capable, family sized boat. That, plus his background both in sailing and a career as a professional mariner in the merchant marine make this a book worth having for anyone who either has a sailboat, or is considering getting one.
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This book is an amazing resource for anyone who has an interest in survival and owning a boat for said purposes.

I'm an experienced nautical prepper and own and operate a fully prepared sailboat for long term offshore survival. I can say from my extensive experience on this subject that the author nails every aspect of this subject in every way.

This book is a must read for experienced sailors as well as novices considering buying a sailboat to protect their family or simply to just own a wonderful asset that provides a tremendous store of value and peace of mind in a world fraught with a multitude of tail risks that could dramatically alter society and ones personal health, wealth and security.

The author highlights the mistakes many survivalists make regarding fight or flight strategies. The most experienced survivalists know that flight is by far the better option of fight and knowing how to operate a blue water sailboat is by far the very best solution.

You don't need to be a millionaire to accomplish the ultimate nautical survival plan and the author walks you through the process in an way that anyone can understand.

If you care about your future and love your life and family, you should read this book. It might just save your life one day!
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