I started this thread was after spending an evening on a friends 40' sailboat we couldn't find a scrap of food to eat. We discussed the Merits of her boat and mine, while her boat is much larger and can carry much more cargo than my little 22 footer she cant afford to stock it because she is financing the boat and in this economy between her mortgage, boat payment, slip, insurance... she is broke. Any one who can do basic math can see there is absolutely no possibility that this country can avoid financial disaster be-it our own inept government or say another such as Spain. The world is at a tipping point. I'm not saying that the world will implode but if you thought 2008 was rough it was a baby compared to what is inevitable. Having a boat loaded and self sufficient could easily be the difference between spending a season on the hook in Baja drinking margarita's or spending one here unemployed and broke. Row row row your boat Gently
down the stream.
So whats the worst that can happen if your boat is stocked up and in perfect maintenance? Lets see we all eat food right, next time you decided to hit the islands at the drop of a dime the boat is loaded and ready to go, just untie her and sail away.
we carry insurance and hope to never use it, we carry a first aid kit and hope to never use it, we carry some form of life raft and hope to never use it. Isn't your well being worth a grand in food? I had this same discussion with all my friends in 2006 when I was on a selling spree, the laughed me out the door. I can assure you none of them are laughing anymore.
Remember your old Boy Scout motto, be prepared.
For anyone who thinks this is a foolish outlook I highly suggest you invest ten minuets in your future and read the old story of the ant and the grasshopper by Aesop.
Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow.
All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.
The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. 'Why do you work so hard, dear ant?' he would say. 'Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?'
The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. 'What a silly little ant you are!' he would call after her. 'Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!' And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily.
Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.
The grasshopper didn't feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer's field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. 'Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?' wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. 'Ah - I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!' declared the grasshopper, perking up. So off he went to the ant's house and knocked at her door. 'Hello ant!' he cried cheerfully. 'Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!'
The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, 'All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!' And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper's face.
It is wise to worry about tomorrow today.