The following three tips can help people prepare for off-grid boat living:
Choose Your Boat
When it comes to buying a boat that you can live in for an extended period of time, you have to do your research. The prepping experts at Off Grid Survival advise against choosing the first bargain boat you come across, as you need to make sure the boat can hold up for the foreseeable future. Do your homework, and learn all you can about boats and various features. When deciding how much to spend on a sturdy water craft, determine how much you can afford to pay and then deduct about a third of it. Set aside that extra money for maintenance and repair issues that might happen along the way. Although this might go without saying, take the time to inspect the boat for any leaks; if left untreated, water seeping into your boat can lead to toxic mold.
Choose Your Prepping Method
Once you have a bug out-worthy boat, it’s time to figure out where and how you want to live on it. For some, the option to bug out on open water is the most logical, says Survival Cache, as it offers total isolation from others, as well as an endless supply of food and water—that is if you have a desalination device to purify the water—and as long as the winds continue to blow you'll be moving. Of course, not everyone is mentally or physically able to live on a boat for long periods of time, and you also have to find a way to produce your own electricity. Another option to consider is mooring; this involves attaching a mooring ball to the boat and paying a small fee to dock at a specific location. Others who are more accustomed to camping than boating might consider parking their boat at marina; this is similar to an RV park, with electricity, stores for supplies and other comforts of home. In case of a disaster it’s unknown how these amenities will be impacted, so it’s probably wise to at least minimally prepare for an open water survival scenario.
Learn Everything You Can
If you are not familiar with boats, it’s best to be proactive and learn all you can about them now, especially if you live near water and bugging out on a boat is your SHTF plan A. For example, Wisconsin has more than 1,000 miles of coastlines meaning someone living there should be highly knowledgeable about the state's boating rules and regulations, as it is more likely that they will bug out on the water than someone in Oklahoma. Once you know what you are doing, take your family out in the boat to help to familiarize them with the craft and what it feels like to be on the water. This will be immensely helpful in a crisis, when your energy should be focused on gathering up your family and supplies and getting them to safety—not calming panicked landlubbers.