Cruisers are Unintentional Preppers

One fun thing about being back in N America is having a crash pad with mega-recordable-TV. Kind of fun and kind of scary really. I found myself watching "River Monsters" recently -- proof that I have too much free time.

I had never heard of the prepper phenomenon before this trip although as soon as I started seeing images I realized that I had known quite a few preppers in my life. Washington State and Colorado are good places to find natural born preppers.

I am not particularly prone to worrying about stuff like that and although I have a soft spot for a good zombie flick, that is as far as my zombiephilia (or really, zombiephobia) goes.

Still I was imagining a survey intended to determine whether you were a prepper, much like a symptom survey for depression and I started to realize that, without trying to be, I was already prepped.

Cruisers, how many of the following apply to you? Do you have:
  1. More than a few months worth of dry goods?
  2. A way of sustaining yourself without access to public electricity for at least a few months? 
  3. The ability to isolate yourself from mobs and contamination?
  4. The ability to make your own water?
  5. Knowledge about living off the land and/or sea in your local environment?
  6. Long range communication not based on cellular towers or satellites?
  7. An extensive medical kit?

The only way I think most cruisers aren't unintentionally prepared for disaster is in the arms and ammunition department.

On a not-completely-related note, for a preview of a post-apocalyptic Carol, you might recognize the wild haired man in the top photo of this article about mast climbing.

5 comments:

  1. You're very right, Livia, although we lack both the guns and the food at this point. Being in the Eastern Carib it is too easy for us to find a place to shop. Also our boat isn't happy when we carry hundred of pounds of rice and canned goods. We have the other stuff covered though.

    Mike
    www.ZeroToCruising.com

    PS: Like the wild hair!

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  2. Have you ever read "Sailing the Farm"? It's definitely prepper material - what Rick calls the conspiracy theorist's guide to surviving the apocalypse... which includes a section on crossbows. (A prepper's dream, this book. It actually has a lot of good ideas.)

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  3. Holy crap. Even used versions of that book are very expensive online. Interesting reviews on amazon.

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  4. The PDF version of "Sailing the Farm" is available for free here:

    http://cruisenews.net/sailfarm.pdf

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