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Are we speaking May 2011, or Dec 2012...
as the others say, 450 very large will buy a lot of boat, even the collector quality ones.
If this year I would buy the nicest 40-48 Center Cockpit I could fine...there are several. Model Year does not matter as much as the condition and build quality. Sabre, IP, SouWester, come to mind.
Then equip it with those things that will be needed most, after the stuff hits, so that you can be as close to 100% self sustaining as possible.
Living expenses will be a non-issue after any of the predicted events. KEEPING your stuff will be the thing you spend 100% of your time doing.
If 2012, then I would wait to early summer, as the 2011 event happening or not may make a very big impact on your plans for 2012 and the years following. I am not sure I would want to be on a boat with today's RO watermakers and hope to "find" fresh water (not that it will be any easier on land), as without parts and copious amounts of power, watermaking may consume the rest of your time.
The rest, as they say, is icing on the cake...