A few days ago I posted My Escape From This Society
, announcing my plan to sail into
the South Pacific (specifically the Solomon Island/Vanuatu area) and begin to find a new life. This is the equipment list that I'm working on so
far. I've purchased most of the smaller stuff, and am waiting to see a dealer in Perth about the water filtration system and power generators. Any
comment or thought would be very welcome.
The yacht itself is a 32 footer Van De Stadt, called Mutaku. She's recently been outfitted with expanded water tank of 250 litres + the original 250
litre = 500 litres. Powered by single diesel engine and a good cruising boat. She's been with me for the last 2 years and has always been a joy to
On the yacht:
I'm looking at a water filtration system capable of reverse osmosis.
I'm split between the “Little Wonder” (www.villagemarine.com...
Sea Bird - Compact (www.dolphindesalinators.com...
Does anyone here have experience using any reverse osmosis units? This is the last major purchase I have to make, and will be heading off to Perth in
about two weeks to look at the units and see a demonstration. This is the thing that keeps me up at night. Any opinions would be great.
Battery array (8 x 2) Using Gel batteries, linked into an array of 8. One active array and one redundant. Hopefully using the
for power generation (fitted with the standard dump reg). Should provide all
the power I need.
Small Honda generator + spare parts
Laptop to be used for navigation (and entertainment)
Commonly need spare parts for engine
Survival suit: The Quickdon from RFD
Life jackets – Just the standard life jackets used in everyday boating.
Spare parts for Mutaku that commonly break (although she's pretty good at handling the ocean)
When I sail, I use the sails. Will be trying to keep diesel consumption down as little as possible.
Full charts of the area (x2) One on-board, the other in survival bag.
I can read the stars naturally, and have used this way of navigation many times before with success.
Survival knife – I've always used the Leatherman range of utility knives and will be taking a few with me.
Machetes are very versatile. At the moment I use a 45 cm curved blade, and will bring a few straight edge and a few curved ones. Just to be sure
(you can never have enough machete's). Can be used for cutting meat, trees, slashing paths... don't try to hunt with a machete, you'll only end up
using up energy that you didn't have to use. Try a bow or snares instead.
Compound Bow - I use the Hoyt TurboHawk Target for hunting, and have it set to a 80lbs draw strength. Of course taking along 500 flights and a
variety of heads. Will always prefer a bow over a gun, simply because you can take down a target in a small area without scaring off everything else
in range! Bringing along a secondary bow + spares.
Tarps. Absolutely essential. Bringing along a variety of sizes and thickness. Can never be sure when you might need a tarp! Tarps are the most
useful and essential survival item I have come across. They can be used for many uses, e.g shelter, water collection, signals, hammocks, trapping
Wire (both steel and mono-filament) 1000m of wire, 5000m of mono.
Great for securing shelters, hunting (snares)
Fishing equipment – Just the normal rods, (2 small rods, 2 surf-casters) + spare eyelets, spare reels, hooks, sinkers (rather a lot of them). 5000m
of fishing line. Also small nets and 4 spearguns.
Flints x 4 and lighters (Zippo style) x 5
Liquid Butane (for refilling lighters)
Full first aid kit (x2)
Variety of Medical supplies (Hydrogen Peroxide, sunscreen, antiseptic...)
Cable ties – always useful. 5 packs of 500.
Climbing rope - I use a dual 8mm set up when climbing. Will not be using this much, so just bringing along the two of them, along with a full rack of
technical climbing equipment.
Static ropes – much more useful then dynamic in day to day life. Variety of thickness and lengths.
Headlamps + rechargeable batteries
Lot and lots of books
Short wave radio
I will be regularly visiting the markets to begin with, but hope to slowly become self-sufficient in the future. I will be bringing seeds. Lots and
lots of seeds. Some things that grow well around the Vanuatu/New Caledonia area are:
Polo (chilli leaf)
And lot of others. I would recommend South pacific Commission - Community Health
Services - South Pacific Foods
for a starting point for anyone interested in the wide variety of foods that can be grown.
Meat will mostly be obtained from hunting/fishing
Salts not a problem
Vitamin pills - to begin with, I will be on a course of multi-vitamins. It will be interesting to see if I can nutritionally sustain myself.
Food is very important to me. Without it, I quickly get irritable and will lose energy quickly. The ability to preserve foods I come across for later
eating is essential.
To me the most important items are Water, shelter, food. Everything else is a bonus.
Well, that wraps it up for now, but I'll be adding to this list as I develop my plan. I have another 6 months before departure, so I'm sure this
list will get revised several times before that!
Thanks for reading and I look forward to any suggestion or comments.
[edit on 2/7/10 by shamus78]