Since I’m not the expert, I defer to someone who is. This week on DestinySurvival Radio I spoke with Capt. William E. Simpson II (aka Captain Bill), a nautical prepper who talked about bugging out at sea. He’s written a book called The Nautical Prepper, which is a DestinySurvival Pick. It goes into the specifics you must have. If you live within a couple hours drive of the ocean or other large body of water, carefully consider whether bugging out on a boat is an option for you.
But Don’t Do It This Way
Capt. Simpson’s book is the place to start. In fact, he told me they would have made it to their destination if they’d have read his book and followed his advice on planning and navigation.
So who is this guy who makes such a brazen claim?
Meet the Captain
Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Capt. Simpson has successfully survived long-term “off the grid” at sea and on remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time.
In early 2013, Capt. Simpson appeared on National Geographic’s hit TV show Doomsday Preppers (Season 2, “A Fortress at Sea”) and received the highest score ever given for disaster preparedness and survival, earning the title of “Best Prepper.”
He holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot. In 1987 Capt. Simpson received a commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Honolulu Sector for his assistance in the successful rescue of two sailors lost overboard at sea. In 2010, Capt. Simpson was again instrumental in the successful rescue operation of an American sailor lost overboard in the Sea of Cortez in hazardous waters.
Capt. Simpson is also an accomplished writer covering disaster preparedness. His work has been featured and republished in numerous magazines and websites, and he has been a featured guest on various disaster preparedness radio talk shows.
Why This Book?
Boat Better or BunkerBetter?
If They’re Coming for You…
In spite of today’s modern GPS technology, the Coast Guard will have a hard time finding you if you need to be rescued. You’d have to be transmitting a homing beacon to make finding you easier.
Plus, most in the maritime community don’t want conflict. So they won’t be a threat to you at sea.
Doom, Gloom and Deprivation in the Drink?
It’s not about luxury for luxury’s sake. It’s about keeping up morale. We cope better when we have things to make us feel better. Something as simple as a hot shower can make a world of difference for someone who hasn’t had one for a while.
Are You Ready to Launch?
The way Captain Bill describes this lifestyle, it sounds very attractive indeed.
Plus, you’d have the ability to put out to sea and escape the chaos of a disaster in your boat in a matter of minutes.
Some Log Entries from The Nautical Prepper
- If you’re wondering where to bug out to for the long term, he gives guidance on that.
- Simpson’s recommendations are specific and strategic. An example of this is his instructions on getting your family in the designated place when you need to depart.
- He’s a firm believer in having adequate training and mental preparation. Knowing first aid and CPR is a must.
- Should you buy a new or used boat? What’s the best material and construction for your vessel? Should it be motorized or not? Appendices feature sketches and show examples of the kinds of vessels he writes about.
- Simpson explains what kind of boat you should have and how it should be provisioned. But a rule of thumb is that if you’re sailing for survival, have a bigger boat. Have more survival equipment because more is best.
- You’ll need first aid and medical supplies–lots of them. He doesn’t hesitate to mention brand names of various items he recommends. I appreciate this because it’s much better than reading a general statement like, Buy a good radio, deep cycle battery, etc.
- Have more than one source of power. If possible, you’ll want to be equipped for solar and wind power as well as having a diesel generator.
- Have the right, quality tools available. If you take Simpson’s recommendations, you’ll practically have a tool shop on board. You just might need it.
- When it comes to what food to store on board, he joins those who say you should store what you eat and eat what you store. But be ready to catch seafood delicacies, too. Naturally, he tells you what equipment you’ll need for that.
- Should you have firearms on board? If so, what? He has thoughts on that, too. And he advises being aware of any laws that pertain to wherever you’re going. Consider other items for self defense, too, such as signal flares, spear guns, pellet rifles, and even a slingshot.
The Concluding “Sails” Pitch
Does becoming a nautical prepper sound like an option for you? A skeptical friend of mine says it’s not a realistic option at all for the vast majority of us. Do you have experience to share about living on a boat yourself? What do you think? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me and my readers.