Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I hope all of you can get your families together for this day, a day that is only a time for families and good friends. No presents exchanged, no false "Oh Thank You I Always Wanted This", just family and friends simply talking to one another.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
“SAILBOAT CRUISING & PREPPING BLOG LIST”
I felt this second list was necessary to avoid confusion and help you quickly find the topics you’re interested in.
Full-time sailboat cruisers are probably, without knowing, another splinter group of Preppers/Survivalists. They have the boat for shelter that’s very mobile so they can get out of the way of civil unrest or a government gone rogue, use solar panels for electricity, HAM Radios for communications, have food stocked, previously known island streams or mechanical sources for endless fresh water and are skilled at fishing for food so they will survive.
Myself, I have always been a closet full-time sailboat cruiser, just never found the right partner to make it happen. At one time when I felt it was time to come out of my cruising closet I found a near perfect for living/cruising 42 foot center cockpit sailboat that at that time was more than very affordable, but the load of my life said no! I still regret that time.
Full-time cruising is very similar to full-time RV living where you compress everything you own into a small space and at that moment you’ve become tied to nothing, you are totally free!
I’ve owned a number of boats over the years, power boats mostly under 24 feet, some with a very small cabin or center consoles designed for day fishing. Nothing suitable to live aboard.
The only sailboat I owned was a 16 foot Hobie-Cat, which was a blast to sail. I can’t describe what it’s like to tie down the cooler to the deck/trampoline and on a perfect day hull-fly for several miles down the
Intracoastal waterway! Then when you need a rest, glide onto a sandbar island for lunch and a brew J
Hope you all enjoy and learn from these sailboat cruising blogs and there never ending adventures as full-time cruisers!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
One of the biggest obstacles a Bugging-Out Prepper/Survivalist faces is being able to take everything you need with you and that generally means a large RV Trailer. However, the towing capability of today’s downsized SUV’s etc vehicles simply can’t tow even a medium sized RV trailer.
Someday and maybe soon, some of us will find we have to make a choice of either Bugging-In (stay at home) or Bugging-Out (leaving home) in that case means leaving everything in that home behind. Bugging-Out is not always going to be a choice! There will be a time you must leave your home to live because of earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes and maybe Marshal Law! I suspect that most woman will have the stubbornness to not leave the home. The reality may be either you do or the consequences could be grave. This decision will depend on your level of preparedness for the disaster or civil unrest you’re facing at that time.
So what are your options?
Without owning a retreat to go to you know you need a safe shelter to sleep in and be warm and dry. With limited towing capability, maybe a ‘teardrop’ type trailer is your answer. They can be towed by just about any small vehicle today and give you the nighttime sleeping security most of us prefer.
True, with teardrop type trailers your cooking and eating will be done outside along with general living, but that is a small price to pay to be safe, warm and dry at night! This is not only a Bug-Out trailer but a hunting or family camping trailer.
If you feel like you want a project this appears to be an easy do it yourself project and save a bunch of money.
More information about Teardrop trailers:
A Teardrop blog I follow link:
Teardrop Trailer tour video review link:
Moby 1 Off-Road Teardrop Trailer review Video, this one is amazing!
Photo’s of one of the versions of the Moby 1 Teardrop Trailer:
Sunday, November 8, 2015
An optional endless fresh water source?
Should our city utility infrastructure fail because of earthquakes or worse through terrorist destruction of municipal water well fields, we will quickly need to find a new source of fresh, clean drinking water to survive. If you own your own well it’s not a problem, but for city people who rely on the city water it is a big problem as they will have to find fresh water and haul it home.
If like myself and you live just a few steps to saltwater or if you own a 25 foot or larger boat kept at a dock in saltwater you’ll easily have all the raw saltwater needed to make fresh water from using a Desalinator.
On my blog list I follow a couple full time sailboat cruisers, a great bug out vehicle by the way! I never gave much thought as to where they get all their fresh water from except they could go ashore and fill 5 gallon jugs from the marinas, or springs or have the boats fresh water tank filled at a marina. However small, island marinas would concern me because they may not take seriously the necessary steps to provide safe, bacteria and bug free water.
Thanks to the blog ‘Zero to Cruising’ who is selling the catamaran, which I’d love to own, they listed the inventory of all items going with the boat. Reading that list is where I saw the Saltwater Desalinator used on their boat listed!
I never gave a Desalinator much Survival thought mostly because I never needed one and never knew anyone who uses one until recently. I thought they would be huge in physical size and cost a lot of money to produce enough water to be worth while.
If you live on a bug out boat used in saltwater or live close to ocean saltwater here’s a survival option, a Desalinator.
The photo below is of the Desalinator installed in the catamaran ‘Zero to Cruising’. This size makes 3.4 gallons of fresh water an hour, runs on 12 volts and is compact in size. This model may seem a bit pricey at $5,000.00 but to have all the fresh water you need it’s a deal.
The model shown in the photo is:
Katadyn E80 12VDC water maker.
Runs on 12 volts.
This E80 model makes 3.4 gallons per hour.
Link to factory web site for specs, other sizes and more information:
Your bug out location may have you on the shore of an ocean on solid rock with no way of drilling a well. Having a Desalinator will remove the worries of having enough fresh water to live comfortably.
Using a Desalinator requires 12 volt power and I assume as a Prepper, you would have a small solar system or generator should the grid go down to run it.
Friday, November 6, 2015
The Uni Knot.
There are dozens of fishing line knots used today, everyone for a specific situation such as tying a hook on a line, tying two lines together or tying a leader onto the main line, tying swivels on, tying the line onto the reels spool and the list goes on.
Well for the occasional fisher person or when your in a survival mode desperately fishing for food, remembering which knot is the correct one to use is for most including me, impossible.
So over the years I have found one knot that for me does it all, it’s the “Uni Knot”. A very simple to tie knot and it really holds. I have never lost a fish because the knot failed and hook pulled off the line. The largest fish I have routinely landed were 25-30 lb. salmon and never had a knot failure. The video below will show you how simple it is and used in a number of tying needs.
Tom Rowland shows how the Uni Knot can be used to set up an entire fishing outfit from the bare spool to the hook, including tying braided line to Fluorocarbon. If you were to learn only one fishing knot, this is the one.
Link to Video: