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post #5 of Old 03-04-2010
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I think that the hardest and most expensive part of your plan is figuring out how to rig the razor-wire and to install the cone of silence. Most sailor tend to be pretty gregarious and so even if you are a loner, it will be hard to keep vistors from striking up a conversation and coming aboard.

If you are living aboard without leaving the boat and without visitors coming aboard, this sounds like you will need a very big but very simple boat. By that I mean, you will need to be able to store a year's worth of food, and a year's worth of potable water sufficient for one person, and a year's worth of fuel to keep the batteries and systems up, let alone move the boat, and if you are living within the USA or other signatory of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea, you will need to either plan to be able to hold a year's worth of poop, or go way offshore periodically and dump your holding tank. Otherwise you need a shore crew at your beck and call, and that seems antithetical to your mission.

Short of living on a small barge, you are probably talking about a 40 or so foot boat to have the volume and weight capacity to be able carry enough supplies and tankage for even a major portion of a year.

Another set of issues relates to making repairs and addressing normal wear and tear. If you are not leaving the boat, and no one is coming aboard, then you better know how to repair every aspect of the boat, and also have spare parts for anything likely to fail. If you are actually using the boat, you would be amazed what can and will fail in a year of use.

It seems to me that perhaps you need to find an extremely simple boat, in really great shape, and find a remote corner of nowhere, that is out of the winter's need for heating fuel and out of the hurricane zone, to anchor out, and then do not move the boat for the entire year.

But frankly, to me, this whole stunt makes no sense in terms of encountering the richness of life's experience that sailing and living aboard have to offer.

But hey, I'm not the one who is actually considering going through a year's isolation.


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