Long term survival boat ideas

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by mmutch, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. mmutch
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    mmutch New Member

    Hey

    With all the talk about 'end of the world' 'December 21 2012' ect it got me thinking about what would you do to a boat ether mono hull cat or tri to make it a long term place to live with minimalist ability to get stuff from shore (whats left of shore that is) and I've been spending a while thinking of it and I have an idea of what I would do but I don't own a boat yet ;) but this is what I would do

    I would start with something like a lagoon 620 (nothing about living in luxury :D)

    I would change the canvas fly deck cover to a fibreglass roof where I would mount high gain solar panels as well as on the fly deck itself around the large bed/seat I would also put wind generators on the bows to increase the electrical generation I would increase the battery capacity so I didn't have to use the diesel gen unless I really had to so I could conserve fuel

    I would change the water maker to an electric pump (if it isn't already) and change it for a more efficient one

    I would change the engines for more fuel efficient ones

    I would also install a long range communications system for when we go ashore for supply's if we could find any that is

    That's pretty much what I would do I would have it for my wife and daughter and me mates to live on and keep anything like spares for the water maker engines ect on board and I would keep enough food on board to cross the Atlantic if I had to

    So What would you do

    here's the rules
    Unlimited money for modifications
    The boat can only be maned by how many it can birth
    Once December 21 or when ever it is happens your on your own so any supply's can only be what you would find at marinas or the surrounding areas
    No silly ships like a navel destroyer or aircraft carrier can only be what you would find at your local marina
     
  2. Petros
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    Petros Senior Member

    I would want a fast mulithull sailboat. would not require fuel and fast enough to stay ahead of looters and pirates who would also be short of fuel. No larger than I need for my family (34-40'?), simple rig, simple non-mechanical systems, and can be operated long term without any electrical gadgets (over long term all electrical stuff will corrode away into a large green fuzzy ball, so one should never depend on it), low maintenace construction and equiepment because you do not know where you can find supplies or materals. With a good supply of hand tools to be able to make what I might need from locally available materials.

    Not really enough time now before the "end", but it would have been best to build it yourself from "found" materials and hand tools. That way by the time you finish you will be able to make any part from scratch, and be very skilled at it. Those skills will be way more important than what you put on board.

    Lots of fishing line, hooks, lures, nets, lots of exta line and perhaps sail cloth. Several shot guns, flair guns (makes good fire starter too!), ammo, some dynamite (better than bait! and has many other uses as well).
     
  3. mmutch
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    mmutch New Member

    Ok let's say it all happens in a year or two that way we all got time to build what we want and gather any bits and bobs and yea I agree on the electrical side I was thinking of using it for reefer and freezing food like fish and lighting rather than anything like music and DVDs ect but wouldn't want to have to rely on a geny for them also I picked the lagoon 620 as its a semi fast (not racing speed but not slow) sailing catamaran I think around 61'-62' so plenty of storage space for everything I would need to carry
     
  4. cavalier mk2
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    cavalier mk2 Senior Member

    I'd keep the Nicol and ponder natural ways of preserving food like dehydrating and using sea salt for preservatives.....I'm with Petros on staying away from electrical wadgets and would add that paper charts can be updated by hand for the new geography etc.....Could I have that unlimited money now in an offshore account?
     
  5. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member


    I saw that Movie --it was crap.
     
  6. SpiritWolf15x
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    SpiritWolf15x Senior Member

    The world is NOT going to end on the 21st of December. Other than that, this topic is relevant to my interests.
     
  7. SpiritWolf15x
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    SpiritWolf15x Senior Member

    If you're talking about waterworld, the extending mast was pretty cool. =P
     
  8. rubyjeaan
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    rubyjeaan Junior Member

    If, the world ends on Dec. 21, 2012. You won't have to worry about a boat...
     
  9. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    What time is is coming any way. I have a dentist appointment a 2.30.
     
  10. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member


    Why don't you read one of the forums biggest and most popular threads called --'what boat would you choose for the end of the world'
     
  11. Freenacin
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    Freenacin Junior Member

    If I thought the world was going to end, I'd take out the biggest loan I could, and buy a fleet of Gunboats, and a tanker full of fuel. (Won't have to pay the loan back will I?)
     
  12. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Buy my boat, ready to depart from Cairns NOW...
    Set up for the tropics North of Australia - NO WIND around xmas as the "doldrums" persist -

    "CNO" - - - has twin Nanni sail-drives which give 7 knots and a tonne of fuel (about 1250 litres) will give a range of 2400 N Miles... A 12 M mast can be fitted and a pair of flat cut genoa on furlers if you insist on sailing - but coconut oil is easy to make in most remote villages and the engines are quite happy using 5 micron filtered coconut oil where the ambient temperature is more than 25 deg Celsius - - - - - - - Au$350,000 or negotiation for CASH... 2 large double berths, about 40ft LOA, 21.5 ft beam, ready to cruise the Melanesian Island region or go further afield, island hopping all the way - what a lifestyle in an Australian registered ship... PM me for more info...
     
  13. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    With the luck I imagine that you all likely have, the 21st will bring a gamma ray burst and everything will die instantly, leaving every single monolithic beast ever created, floating helplessly, awaiting the next occupants of our naked world to enjoy.
     
  14. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Cockroaches.. They can live without their head for a week.
     

  15. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    They will not survive the inevitable gamma ray burst, scheduled for the 12/ 21/'12, head or not. I can go for two or three days without mine, in fact I'm looking for it now, because getting older, I've forgotten where I placed.
     
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