Newbie wanting tips on "Bug out boat"

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  1. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Fly on the Wall - Miss ddt yet?

    You have to save the boat first in order to help others with it. Bug out was the term we used when we fled. It sounds slightly less cowardly.:oops:
     
  2. Tyrfing
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    Oh you are absolutely right I will flee a catastrophy with my family.
    Or do you suggest I put my two children's life in danger in the name of "greater good"?
     
  3. Mr Efficiency
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    Call your boat "Cut and Run" ! :cool:
     
  4. ImaginaryNumber
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    I didn't realize that "bug-out" came from the Korean War
    In the U.S. the Survival Industry for escaping the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse is doing brisk business. Lots of creative options for every budget.

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    hoytedow Fly on the Wall - Miss ddt yet?

    No, it is Pvppis Fvrcata!
    Slip the Noose also could have been the name. As we fled north, it felt as though the noose was tightening.
     
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    hoytedow Fly on the Wall - Miss ddt yet?

    Travel in storm is safe in neither boat nor car, but a car is easier to pull over until it is safe to continue on way.
     
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    Now we have a relevant discussion. If you're on Long Island when the zombies come you'll definitely need a boat. Zombies can't swim.
     
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    hoytedow Fly on the Wall - Miss ddt yet?

    Sharks can't walk. Which are more numerous?
     
  9. Tyrfing
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    LoL exactly!
    Soo what boat should I get? :p
     
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    hoytedow Fly on the Wall - Miss ddt yet?

    Nautilus.
     
  11. gonzo
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    As you stated in post #9 there are several days of advance warning. If you leave in a car at that time, you won't get any major problem with traffic of lack of hotel rooms. If you wait to the last moment, when the roads are jammed and go to sea, the weather conditions will put you in survival mode. That is if you are really experienced (several years at sea). Otherwise, you and your family will die.
     
  12. Tyrfing
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    Yes, normally this would be the case and my No:1 choice.
    However what if Terrorists use an upcoming natural disaster to cause chaos.
    Or, they blow up a dirty bomb in NY, or derail a Chemical train etc etc.. (I work high risk security in Middle east since 2008, somewhat environmentally damaged), then the roads will again get clogged up.

    So, can we stop arguing about WHY I want to do this, and just help me with a choice of frickin boat already? :p
     
  13. ImaginaryNumber
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    We humans are land-based animals, just being guests when on the water. If I were looking for a bug-out boat I'd want one which would facilitate access back to land without needing docks, etc. I'd want a boat that was shoal-draft, so as to hide up creeks or estuaries, to avoid hurricanes, or zombies, or pillaging opportunists. I'd want a boat that could dry out upright -- a sharpie, or one with twin keels, or one with a lifting centerboard. I'd select a boat that could carry a lot of supplies and people and could take care of itself in harsh weather. I'd prefer one that could bash into rocks and reefs (steel) without holing. A motorized boat will get you away from danger faster than sailboat, but only if the motor works and you have fuel -- which might be in short supply. I'd chose a sailboat with a robust and easily repairable rig (free-standing mast with a junk, gaff, sprit, or lug sail, etc.) over a high-performance sail. It would be well if you could move the boat by human power alone, such as by paddle, oar, yuloh or peddle-power. A well-insulated boat would be much more comfortable if used in Maine in the winter. You'd want plenty of anchoring gear so you could hold not only yourself in the hurricane, but all of the less-prepared boats that dragged down on you. And of course you'd want a couple of deck-mounted cannons.

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  14. SamSam
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    You start with a 'statement of requirements'.
    You want to trailer it.
    You want a 500 mile range in open water in potential hurricane or NE storm conditions.
    Possibly cold weather or even winter operation.
    You want to go X fast to outrun whatever demons are chasing you.
    You want a fishing boat.
    You don't give any direct info on about the most basic question, how many people will be on board,
    but reading between the lines I'd say you, your wife and two kids of some indeterminate age. Pets.
    Storage for food and water etc for X amount of days.
    Cooking and sanitation facilities.
    Lights and electronics for day and night operation.
    I would hope you'd want some cabin type rain/wind protection.
    Whatever survival gear you'd need in case of foundering. I think if you get in
    trouble there, you end up drifting into the North Atlantic.
    Whatever you'll need to fend off for real pirates.



    Unless your bug out location is all stocked up with supplies, you'll need to carry them.
    If you perchance have to land in a location other than where you had planned,
    you won't have any transportation for land travel. Which you'll also need to keep ready at your original
    planned landing spot.

    There's other things that will come up as your plan advances.
     

  15. rasorinc
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    the same trip by auto pulling the boat is far saver and doable. plan ahead...........................leave sooner.
     
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