Originally Posted by JimMcGee
Minne, How serious are the serious replies? As you yourself pointed out some of them haven't been thought through - at least not realistically.
I'm fascinated by folks that are preparing for some disaster whether it be the Mayan calendar end of the world, a government takeover, some natural disaster or just some sense that "something" is about to happen. It seems to be a bit of an epidemic right now.
It doesn't seem to matter how many times or how many ways some of these theories have been debunked. For some people it remains an article of faith.
Remember the people who were stocking up on food in anticipation of the year 2000?
Hurricane preparedness in Florida, or a backup plan to get your boat away in case of a tsumani in Hawaii -- I get that. I just don't get where all this other fear is coming from. I'm not saying everyone on this thread is wrong, nor do I want to get into a debate on all the various theories. Just saying I'm not feeling it.
Debating the cure is different than debating the cause. I agree with you that many of the causes people attribute to needing to "bug out" are misguided or exaggerated, but it's not out of the question that we would need to. Read about super volcanos and how overdue we are for an eruption (in the USA for that matter). If unfamiliar, they are of a magnitude that would cover most of the country in ash and block sunshine in the atmosphere for an extended period. One theory suggests an eruption was the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs and it's proven they happen routinely. My recollection is this continent has an eruption ever 600,000 years or so and it been well over that since the last.
I maintain, however, that a sailboat as the cure would be a poor choice for an extended period of time.