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    • Thu, Apr 21, 2011 - 03:47pm

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      Sailboat Considerations

    Tomadkins —

    My wife and I lived on a 36′ ketch years ago, and have cruised extensively in Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, San Bals Islands.  It’s a wonderful way of life.  It also requires a great deal of independence, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and resilience.

    As another poster mentioned, sailboats are maintenance intensive machines requiring constant attention and periodic replacement of parts.  In a post-collpase environment, parts and materials will likely become scarce and terribly expensive.  A sailboat would be very difficult to defend in a SHTF environment.  If things get bad in the states, they will be bad elsewhere.  Out on the open waters, piracy will be a big concern as governments have fewer resoucres for preventing such things.  In harbor, crime will likely be commonplace.  How would you defend yourself against attacks of various sorts?  Many land-based homes would be much, much easier to defend and maintain.

    You can only carry so much in the way of food and water on a sailboat, so you’ll need to periodically go ashore to trade for goods.  What will you use for money?  How will you store and secure that on a boat?  How will you keep from drawing attention to yourself when you present “money” for trade? 

    Of course, if you have a particulary marketable post-collapse skill (diesle mechanics and plumbers, for instance, will always be needed) you could do without money and, instead, work for whatever food/supplies you need.  Having the ability to pull up your anchor and move to the next port (opportunity for work) is a benefit that land lubbers don’t enjoy.

    Still, I would caution anyone not already committed to life afloat against pursuing that route as a way to deal with collapse.   Find a quiet place on land where you can raise chickens and do some container gardening.  If you are young enough, things will eventually settle down and perhaps then you could find a great deal on a small sailboat and use it for pleasure.

    • Thu, Apr 07, 2011 - 09:30pm

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      Avoid Numismatic Coins

    Collectable coins (and proofs fall into that category) are definitely a separate market; one that requires a good deal of knowledge and experience to succeed in trading.   An IRA is not a hobby.  IMHO, stick with plain old Krugerrands, Maple Leafs, or American Eagles.  In fact, gold bars could be a less expensive alternative for an IRA (in terms of premium).

    BTW, two great places to learn more about PMs is http://www.kitco.com and http://www.apmex.com

    Good luck.

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