posted on Mar, 29 2018 @ 05:03 PM
I've always been a sailor in one way or another. I was born in Mexico while my parents were sailing a 32 foot Westsail for 5 years and, after being
brought back from the hospital, didn't go ashore for 6 months. Three years later my parents decided to go back to normal life and moved back into
the house they'd been renting on a small lake in one of the Suburbs of Seattle. My sister and I learned how to sail a little West Wight Potter 15'
that I still own and occasionally take my 6 year old puttering around on the completely different lake that we live close to now.
I've been, recently, really wanting to get away from... everything. Just feeling generally anti-social. Watching youtube videos of guys making
solo-crossings to hawaii and across the atlantic has made me crave that sort of solitude. There's something romantic and incredibly appealing about
being the only person for hundreds of miles around. recently came into possession of a strange, but notoriously seaworthy for it's size,
trailerable 26' sailboat called a "Parker Dawson 26" made in the 70s, and I've decided to fix up and use for some camping trips with my kids to
some of the larger lakes in the area and eventually the San Juan Islands. Dawsons have made a number of recorded trans-atlantic crossings in the
past, but my plan is, in about five years, to upgrade up a little larger, more blue-water focused boat and try to make a transit somewhere enjoyable.
I was thinking Hawaii, but there's plenty of other pacific islands that would be a blast to sail to.
Anyone else of the nautical persuasion? I've always thought that having a decently appointed sailboat would be one of the better "bug-out"
methods if society breaks down. I always joked with friends that in the event of a zombie outbreak we'd steal a nicely accommodated sailboat of
about 30 feet or more. With a nice desalinator, a few 100 watt solar panels, a nice wind generator, and a good fishing pole you could last quite a
while out there without even having to make landfall.