The Basics of Beginner Bug Out Boats

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The Basics of Beginner Bug Out Boats

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As you already know, bug out vehicles take many forms – from pickup trucks to seaplanes to hand carts. Unless you live in the middle or the desert or a large forest, remember that there is probably navigable water somewhere nearby. That might be your best alternative for escaping a bad situation.

 

We’ve covered the bug out boat previously at FP. And there are about as many options here as there are, say, with firearms. If you need to float away, what’s the best option?

Cher, a guest contributor at the Prepper Journal, devised a guide for the prepper nautical navigation scene. Please give it a good read if you need to or want to escape by water.

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Cher (probably not Sonny’s) notes that the US has something like 95,000 miles of coastline. That’s a lot of travel space. Boating, given the circumstances, isn’t necessarily easy. But it is an option. For those who might be interested she listed out five general categories of vessels to consider.

 

There is no “perfect” boat. Some say a boat is just a hole in the water, into which money is thrown. Could be true… But, again, it is an option. And if your life’s in danger, the money may be a small price.

 

The five:

 

Motorboats.

 

More space meets slower speeds.

Sailboats.

Legacy Food Storage

 

The old school and natural option. Simply runs of the wind. Then again, they require the wind.

 

Trawlers.

 

Powered boats for the long (and slower) haul. These can also double as houseboats and even carry powered dinghies.


Motorsailers.

 

The best of both water worlds? These can get under way with their own power or with the breeze. In a word: flexibility.

Houseboats.

 

The RVs of the sea (or the lake). Slower and with less range, these offer the most creature comforts.


**Cher is a content coordinator who assists in contributing quality articles on various topics. In her free time she also enjoys hiking, traveling and getting to know the world around her. Cher has built up many strong relationships over the years within the blogging community and loves
sharing her useful tips with others.*

 

If this is something that floats your boat, please read her article carefully. She goes into many considerations about each type of craft, the good and the bad. There’s a lot to it all. If you’re not really familiar with sailing, Cher wisely recommends taking a class.

 

Much of this boils down to who you are and what you need to accomplish. It may make sense as a backup alternative. However it works out, just keep it in mind.

 

Shiver me preppers!

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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  1. I am of the well considered opinion that a boat is a poor option unless you live on it already. Boats are not very secure and your preps will be long gone by the time you fight your way to the marina to escape the troubles you are fleeing from. If you live on or very near where your boat is docked then it may be a very fast escape option but if you live some distance away it’s just a waste of resources better used on something else… Good luck and God speed when the SHTF.

    1. The One!: That’s probably a realistic assessment. Most folks aren’t near the water anyway or don’t have the time/resources to rig up a boat. Still, they do represent one of many options. Thank you so much for the comment. P

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