As a sailor thinking about what’s going into our cruising endeavor, I’ve thought a lot about storing water, provisioning enough food and supplies and how to get water and power while underway without the magic of municipal utilities. While searching for the best ways to store my eggs, which foods keep without refrigeration, cooking with propane and how much stuff you need to sail with between the mid-Alantic and the islands, I’ve been reminded of the wealth of information about safety and provisioning from a community that usually tries to stay hidden- preppers.
Preppers may be waiting for s**t to hit the fan and sailors may waiting for fair winds or a docktail party, but both groups are always thinking about safety, being prepared in the event of an emergency, storing food and water, and where to get power when you can’t plug in.
What sailor hasn’t thought about MOB procedures or their EPIRB? Preppers share the same ideas about personal emergency preparedness and helping those around you in the event of a disaster, be it small, medium or catastrophic.
Many sailor has a ditch bag, akin to the prepper’s bug out bag. As for the prepper’s bug out location and bug out vehicle, let’s just say the sailor’s equivalent is where many of us live, spend the weekend, cruise and enjoy the sunset. Most sailors with cruising plans already knows how long they can go out before they need to re-provision and most preppers have a good idea of how long they can feed their family before the supplies run out.
Sailors and preppers are provisioning their homes for days, weeks and even months without resupplying. Need water? Need food? Both groups store it and have clever ways to make it. Solar panels and generators that run on wind or gas? Yes to both. Both groups also spend time figuring out how to store six month’s worth of cans, dry goods and emergency supplies in an area were most people could only fit a small duffle bag.
I don’t know exactly what we’ll be eating underway on ocean crossings but I have a good idea about which foods store well and how to keep eggs outside the fridge, and I’ve got a pretty good idea that I’ll be the one making a check list of emergency supplies before we cut the lines for good.
For now, I’m combing The Boat Galley for my nautical ideas and the women’s family preparedness Facebook group for good ideas on emergency items and long term food storage. Facebook’s Women Who Sail has both.
I’m looking to be more sailor than prepper but on land or sea, I’m ahead of the game when it comes to safety, stocking up and being prepared.
Let’s hear from our readers. Are you the ant or the grasshopper? If you’re not sure yet, keep reading and please leave a comment at the end. I fancy myself to be the ant on this catamaran; I supplied all new fire extinguishers and upgraded the first aid kit before we’d even sailed. On the other hand, my better half was the one who recently upgraded our expired flares.
The Ant and the Grasshopper
In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.
When the winter came the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.Then the Grasshopper knew, it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.