I got to thinking after watching a history channel series life without people. If it was really life without MOST people, what would you do? Assume 90% of the earths population dissapears from a disease or something that doesn't involve massive fallout or destruction.
After thinking about it, all the gasoline will go to crap to the point of unburnability within a few years so land transportation will be reduced to horses and wagons and the like, and since I know nothing about horses, I got to thinking about the water. Theres no gasoline so obviously I would live on a sailboat and either fish from one coastal settlement or try coastal trading (or raiding? arrr matey
But what boat (or boats) to use and where to go? Eventually the useless Inboard motors and fuel tanks on most big boats would be removed and it would make a really nice cargo hold. Onboard water and electrical systems would be converted to hand pumps unless you play with solar or wind generation. How do you get a bigger keel boat out of the water without power? I don't see many hand crank lifts.
I also wonder about travel on the Mississipi since I live near it now. What would happen to the locks and dams and the river levels when they fail I don't know. Is it even possible to easily sail up the Mississipi as far as the lowest lock and dam assuming you have the whole river to use for tacking?
Maybe a different size boat for coastal work and a smaller one safely stored somewhere for river navigation.
I think I would hang around the lower Mississippi and the upper gulf, but where does one hide from hurricanes, up the river maybe? What if your too far away from it?
So much to consider.