Why Your Prepping Strategy Might Include Bugging Out to Sea – Part 2

You might be asking, “Why would anybody want to bug out at sea?” One good reason–most other people won’t be.

On the other hand, Capt. William E. Simpson will be the first to tell you that being a nautical prepper isn’t for everybody. It may not be practical for you due to a number of reasons. It might be money or health that stands in your way.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t an option for some.

This week on DestinySurvival Radio, I’m sharing the second part of my two part conversation with Capt. Simpson, author of The Nautical Prepper. I want to share a few highlights of our talk here, with the hope you’ll be sufficiently enticed to listen to the show. You can see his credentials and a preview of the book in my post about part one of our visit here.


The Nautical Prepper Book and Capt. Bill Simpson


You’ll Die if You Don’t Have This

Training. Don’t set sail without it.

Going out to sea isn’t something to be taken lightly at all. In fact, Capt. Bill says it may call for more sophistication and training than living off the grid on land.

Being out to sea is like going out to space. You’d better have what you need with you.

But don’t let that stop you if you truly think you’d like to bug out on the ocean with your family. Just be crack sure you get good training and experience. Knowledge of first aid, for example, is essential.

Take baby steps. Capt. Bill gives some suggestions on how to do that in our conv ersation and in his book.

Training and experience builds confidence and prevents panic. If you don’t have training and experience, panic sets in, and you’ll find yourself in trouble.

Of course, that’s good wisdom for prepping anywhere.

And here’s another life saving tip. Don’t rely on information from those who haven’t had real experience.

Books and the Internet provide lots of information, but you’d better be sure the source isn’t just theorizing. Capt. Bill has been to sea for long stretches with his family, and he knows what he’s talking about.


Danger! Danger!

I asked Bill if going out to sea is dangerous for children. He says it’s dangerous for everyone.

But the main thing that will decrease the danger is your level of preparedness and training.

The same can be said for the dangers we face on land. Of course, those dangers aren’t the same. You won’t be jumped by a mountain lion at sea, but you might have to avoid colliding with another ship in the middle of the night.


Your Chance to be the Lone Wolf

If you think going out on the ocean is a good way to survive as the lone wolf, or solo sailor, you may be in for a rude awakening. Besides the fact that it’s dangerous, you’ll be tested in ways you hadn’t expected.

You’ll find out what kind of stuff you’re made of when there’s no one to depend on but you. This can be tough even when you have your family with you.


Handling Risky Business

Capt. Bill notes that experience teaches survivors that it’s important to eliminate risks. The central theme of his book is to firewall yourself from risks. Going out on the ocean is the ultimate way to do that.

But wherever you are now, you must do your risk analysis. How can you separate yourself from those risks? As you work through these issues, the solutions should come more clearly into view. Your situation will be different than if you’re still facing numerous risks.

Capt. Bill’s book gives you a good introduction to prepping at sea. As I summarized in my previous post, a sailing vessel can be both a bug out vehicle and shelter. You can find protection from such natural disasters as a tsunami or an earthquake. You can put yourself at a distance from a nuclear attack. And, of course, you’ll be out of the reach of civil conflicts on land.

If you want to explore that option further, start by getting a copy of The Nautical Prepper. Do so by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post.


Capt. Bill on the Tube?

I asked Capt. Simpson about the reality TV shows he wanted to do when we first spoke in the fall of 2013. They haven’t come to fruition yet. He has several other projects in mind, too.

Unfortunately, doing TV or movies is more difficult than getting a book published. Much has to do with connecting with the right people. And, as it always seems to happen, things take more time than expected.

Plus, if you hadn’t already noticed, none of this is as exciting for the general public as “Dancing with the Stars” or some other TV sensation.


The Nautical Prepper


How to Get More from The Nautical Prepper

As always, there’s more to the conversation than what I have time or space to tell you about here. I encourage you to hear this second part of my talk with Capt. Bill by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 11, 2015. (Right click to download.) View my previous posts about Capt. Bill’s first visits to DestinySurvival Radio here and here. Check out his site at WilliamESimpson.com.

Do you daydream about going out to sea? Have you done anything to move yourself in that direction? Or do you think this is too impractical for preppers? Leave a comment below and say whatever floats your boat.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.