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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2017, 05:43:09 AM »
Definitely more of a bugout vehicle than any kind of sustainable living, although I once read about a young man who lived aboard and lived mostly on sprouts. It required him to provision with sproutable seeds once or twice a year. The book concluded with him planning to build a bigger boat than his original plastic one...and he was building a cat. Not sure what happened to him. I wonder if I still have his book. Probably. That was 30 years ago, and he defintely isn't a young man anymore, if he's still alive. A quick Amazon search did not turn up the book. There have been a lot of books written about living aboard, and the old ones seem to be dropping off the lists.

A junk or a cat would be the most versatile...both easily beached, and seaworthy designs.

Too late for me to make that jump. Better to weather the coming storm on land, and here, as long as that's feasible. Gardens and small scale animal husbandry. I'd like to add chickens soon.

I spent the afternoon yesterday out on the stead making mental lists of all my uncompleted projects. I must have 20 at some stage between dreaming and reality. Many of them could be completed fairly quickly if I had more time and lived on my place. It's a tough decision to move out there, but I see that as necessary to take it to the next phase.

Sometimes it hardly seems worth it. Definitely swimming upstream. With climate change so threatening for this latitude, it might be better to sell off and get debt free and and start thinking about moving north in a few years. It's a hard call. My wife (rightly) says that if I wanted to farm, I should have bought property to the east of here on the other side of what we call the dry line. Better soil and more rain to the east and south a hundred miles.

The timing isn't terrible to sell my land, although I really have no idea if I could recoup my financial investment. The best I could hope for probably is to break even, after seven or eight years of holding on. I haven't made a great many valuable improvements, or done the things that attract the buyers, who are mostly horse people.
 
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2017, 06:05:27 AM »
With climate change so threatening for this latitude, it might be better to sell off and get debt free and and start thinking about moving north in a few years.

Can I suggest ALASKA?  :icon_sunny:

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Alaska also has a shortage of good Dentists.  ;)

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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2017, 06:19:57 AM »

Alaska also has a shortage of good Dentists.  ;)


Did I forget to mention that we can also grow POT here legally?  :icon_mrgreen:


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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2017, 07:02:30 AM »
Yeah, no way I could live on a boat with my two boys right now.  Maybe in five years when they are 8 and 11, but then I'm not sure I would do that to them.  Firstly what kind of life would that be for a kid?  No friends, cramped quarters, nowhere to run around and play...no fucking way that would work.  I guess if the ship was big enough it could work, but that is just fiction for me. 

Also, life on the sea is a lot more perilous than life on the land.  There is a lot more shit that can go wrong if you are on a boat, and that shit is more likely to go wrong as well.  The things that can go wrong with a life at sea will all kill you quickly as well.  You would have to be a very competent sailor with a very good boat...and a source of income that you could take with you.  Dmitri Orlov has it figured out...but he's also kidless and makes money writing.  Still, that did not stop him from asking his readers for money to help him buy a new engine for his boat. 

It's a very romantic way to pretend at surviving the rough future ahead.  It definitely has it's benefits, and in certain circumstances would offer the best means of survival.  However, if Fukushima Daiichi is any indication, the sea isn't exactly going to be a safe place to remain healthy in the future (I hear they found another leak).  There are pirates, hostile countries (especially to gringos) with hostile government and police that require money of you, shit that can go wrong with your boat that results in you dying, inclement weather with perilous conditions, and a dependence on stores of food that aren't very big, and in the meantime when BAU is going you have to have a way to support yourself financially. 

Only a very select few without kids can pull this type of thing off.  I'd be one of them if I had the money. 



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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2017, 07:25:09 AM »
Yeah, no way I could live on a boat with my two boys right now.  Maybe in five years when they are 8 and 11, but then I'm not sure I would do that to them.  Firstly what kind of life would that be for a kid?  No friends, cramped quarters, nowhere to run around and play...no fucking way that would work.  I guess if the ship was big enough it could work, but that is just fiction for me. 

Also, life on the sea is a lot more perilous than life on the land.  There is a lot more shit that can go wrong if you are on a boat, and that shit is more likely to go wrong as well.  The things that can go wrong with a life at sea will all kill you quickly as well.  You would have to be a very competent sailor with a very good boat...and a source of income that you could take with you.  Dmitri Orlov has it figured out...but he's also kidless and makes money writing.  Still, that did not stop him from asking his readers for money to help him buy a new engine for his boat. 

It's a very romantic way to pretend at surviving the rough future ahead.  It definitely has it's benefits, and in certain circumstances would offer the best means of survival.  However, if Fukushima Daiichi is any indication, the sea isn't exactly going to be a safe place to remain healthy in the future (I hear they found another leak).  There are pirates, hostile countries (especially to gringos) with hostile government and police that require money of you, shit that can go wrong with your boat that results in you dying, inclement weather with perilous conditions, and a dependence on stores of food that aren't very big, and in the meantime when BAU is going you have to have a way to support yourself financially. 

Only a very select few without kids can pull this type of thing off.  I'd be one of them if I had the money.

For the most part, I think Live Aboard sailors are retired people who have mailbox money coming in of some type.  There are a few who have "portable incomes" they can do anywhere.  That was how Ray Jason, The Sea Gypsy Philosopher managed it for so many years.  He was a street Juggler, and could do this anywhere people would pitch money at him for his talent.  Now he is old enough to be collecting SS.  Ray also is not married, no kids.

But Ray also did not spend all that much time doing Blue Water during all those years, in fact he parked himself down around Panama and just sails the local waters there these days.  He did make a few big crossings like Palloy did, but percentage wise most of the time has been spent at one marina or another, or one anchorage or another.

This in turn requires you have all these functioning marinas, and that they will take your mailbox money for the fees they charge.  Few people live the life of a live aboard sailor, and fewer still spend most of the time in primitive anchorages.  They just go to visit them maybe a week at a time, and they bring with them all the food they need for the water based camping trip.

On its own, this is not a sustainable lifestyle.  It's main advantage for the Prepper is as a Bugout means.  If you always are aboard the boat, if it's always packed and ready to go, then any day TSHTF, you can make your Bugout.  If you lived on your boat in Syria and NATO started dropping the Death From Above on Aleppo, you weigh anchor and GTFO of Dodge.  No multiple borders to cross, you head straight for a Marina in Cornwall, walk into the Customs Office and claim Asylum under the Geneva Conventions.  You don't have to live in tents in refugee camps along the way, you got your boat as your shelter.

There is value in it.  But to live that way until TSHTF is rather a pain in the ass.

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Re: Nice Little One or Two Person Live-Aboard
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2017, 07:36:40 AM »
Yeah, no way I could live on a boat with my two boys right now.  Maybe in five years when they are 8 and 11, but then I'm not sure I would do that to them.  Firstly what kind of life would that be for a kid?  No friends, cramped quarters, nowhere to run around and play...no fucking way that would work.  I guess if the ship was big enough it could work, but that is just fiction for me. 

Also, life on the sea is a lot more perilous than life on the land.  There is a lot more shit that can go wrong if you are on a boat, and that shit is more likely to go wrong as well.  The things that can go wrong with a life at sea will all kill you quickly as well.  You would have to be a very competent sailor with a very good boat...and a source of income that you could take with you.  Dmitri Orlov has it figured out...but he's also kidless and makes money writing.  Still, that did not stop him from asking his readers for money to help him buy a new engine for his boat. 

It's a very romantic way to pretend at surviving the rough future ahead.  It definitely has it's benefits, and in certain circumstances would offer the best means of survival.  However, if Fukushima Daiichi is any indication, the sea isn't exactly going to be a safe place to remain healthy in the future (I hear they found another leak).  There are pirates, hostile countries (especially to gringos) with hostile government and police that require money of you, shit that can go wrong with your boat that results in you dying, inclement weather with perilous conditions, and a dependence on stores of food that aren't very big, and in the meantime when BAU is going you have to have a way to support yourself financially. 

Only a very select few without kids can pull this type of thing off.  I'd be one of them if I had the money.

For the most part, I think Live Aboard sailors are retired people who have mailbox money coming in of some type.  There are a few who have "portable incomes" they can do anywhere.  That was how Ray Jason, The Sea Gypsy Philosopher managed it for so many years.  He was a street Juggler, and could do this anywhere people would pitch money at him for his talent.  Now he is old enough to be collecting SS.  Ray also is not married, no kids.

But Ray also did not spend all that much time doing Blue Water during all those years, in fact he parked himself down around Panama and just sails the local waters there these days.  He did make a few big crossings like Palloy did, but percentage wise most of the time has been spent at one marina or another, or one anchorage or another.

This in turn requires you have all these functioning marinas, and that they will take your mailbox money for the fees they charge.  Few people live the life of a live aboard sailor, and fewer still spend most of the time in primitive anchorages.  They just go to visit them maybe a week at a time, and they bring with them all the food they need for the water based camping trip.

On its own, this is not a sustainable lifestyle.  It's main advantage for the Prepper is as a Bugout means.  If you always are aboard the boat, if it's always packed and ready to go, then any day TSHTF, you can make your Bugout.  If you lived on your boat in Syria and NATO started dropping the Death From Above on Aleppo, you weigh anchor and GTFO of Dodge.  No multiple borders to cross, you head straight for a Marina in Cornwall, walk into the Customs Office and claim Asylum under the Geneva Conventions.  You don't have to live in tents in refugee camps along the way, you got your boat as your shelter.

There is value in it.  But to live that way until TSHTF is rather a pain in the ass.

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However, the key that unlocks that possibility (short of being independently wealthy) is being a loner with no family to support.  Well, I suppose a couple could do this, but that would be one rare woman...at least doing it on a smallish boat on the cheap. 

For the rest of us it's just a romantic day dream.  It would be fun for a week, but then it would just mostly be difficult and lonely and occasionally pretty treacherous.  Not a life for family. 

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« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2017, 07:55:06 AM »

However, the key that unlocks that possibility (short of being independently wealthy) is being a loner with no family to support.  Well, I suppose a couple could do this, but that would be one rare woman...at least doing it on a smallish boat on the cheap. 

For the rest of us it's just a romantic day dream.  It would be fun for a week, but then it would just mostly be difficult and lonely and occasionally pretty treacherous.  Not a life for family.

Basically, ALL the ideas for getting off grid presuppose no family to support, whether it is sailing, living in the Tropical Rainforest or in the Bush of Alaska.

Having kids, particularly young ones for the most part eliminates these possibilities.

I will say though that I did run into a few family sailors in my early years, and the kids generally were quite happy.  They got to swim all the time, play on the beach etc.  Kids are very adaptable.

Grown Women?  Not so adaptable.

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Re: Nice Little One or Two Person Live-Aboard
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2017, 08:18:41 AM »
Basically, ALL the ideas for getting off grid presuppose no family to support, whether it is sailing, living in the Tropical Rainforest or in the Bush of Alaska.
Lol... alright, I'm going to invoke the ghost of MKing here....

If you want to live on a sailboat, you can live on a sailboat...
If you want to live in the rainforest, you can live in the rainforest...
If you want to live in the Alaskan bush, you can live in the Alaskan bush...
If you want to live like the Amish, you can live like the Amish...

If DOOM is a convenient excuse for living the way you want to live, more power to you.  But don't go completely disrupting your life out of what you are afraid is going to happen. ]MKing off[  No matter how hard you prepare, you're probably not going to survive anyway, so don't sweat it.

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« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2017, 09:02:26 AM »
No matter how hard you prepare, you're probably not going to survive anyway, so don't sweat it.

That would be the Guy McPherson Philosophy.

The Diner Philosophy is to figure out the best way you personally can manage the spin down to see as many more sunrises as you can.

Never give up, never quit, never say die until the last breath leaves your body.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

You know the drill.  This is the fucking DINER.  NO QUITTERS!

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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2017, 04:41:37 AM »
Asking $60K, I bet you could offer $40K and get this one.

Old as a 1978 but impeccably maintained with all the electronics.  Also, if the fiberglass held up this long, it's going to last forever (or longer than I will live anyhow)

I always liked canoe stern boats with a classic look, and this one is just loaded with teak finishing with round portholes which I like much more than the long ones on the modern "racing" style of boat.

Alas, it will remain a dream...

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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2017, 04:23:16 PM »
Nice. I used to dream about having one of those Colin Archer inspired canoe stern boats. But you give up a lot of room below. Very seaworthy, supposedly.

My find of the week. Also going for 59K. A steal. Hardin 45's are a luxury apartment on the water.



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« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2017, 04:50:06 PM »
Nice. I used to dream about having one of those Colin Archer inspired canoe stern boats. But you give up a lot of room below. Very seaworthy, supposedly.

My find of the week. Also going for 59K. A steal. Hardin 45's are a luxury apartment on the water.

Canoe Sterns are supposed to be the best in a following sea, for obvious reasons.  They also LOOK really cool.   I would sacrifice a little space below for this.

36' is certainly enough for 2 people, even 3 or 4 if you all get along.  You also have to remember all your marina fees increase with every extra foot at the waterline, and then sails are bigger and cost more for 45' boats too.  Plus, unless you are using electric winches, harder to hoist sail and harder to reef.  Engine bigger, more costly to maintain or replace.

I always considered the mid-30' boats to be the one I would choose.  Sailable for a Solo, but large enough for an attractive First Mate.  ;D


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