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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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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.
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.
The thirty or forty pages actually dedicated to the prepper aspects of cruising are valuable, so I would still recommend the book if you are interested in that. Just don't expect a whole 200 pages of useful material.
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!