When you know what hits the fan, will your boat still work?
Every once in a while I’ll read how someone on the internet has acquired a sailboat with the idea that, instead of a recreational cruiser or racer, it could be used as a bug-out vehicle in case SHTF (you know what hits the fan). I’m a bit of a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre of novels and movies, and the book that I just started reading, One Second After, got me thinking about this.
The novel, which I’m only just a couple of chapters into, seems to focus on the aftermath of an EMP strike, an electromagnetic pulse that, similar to a lightning strike, kills all electronics. Sailors are well aware of how a lightning strike can destroy virtually all electronics onboard the vessel. In the book, even all the cars stopped working due to their computer circuitry. So, what I was pondering is, just how much of our boat would remain functioning if such an event was to occur? Perhaps the preppers should consider that when boat shopping and/or outfitting their vessel? Then again, maybe some of them already have?
Coincidentally, in a similar novel that I read, Dies The Fire, people started relying upon bikes and horses for their travel. Maybe Rebecca and I aren’t so crazy after all? 😉
Making the case for electronics:
In unrelated news, but one that makes the case for certain electronics, I just read the story of a sailor who saved the life of her husband by using an AED as they were sailing off the coast of Brazil. Scary story! I wrote about AEDs on boats some time ago. Imagining some of those mountains that we’re going to have to climb, perhaps I should figure out a way to carry one on my bike!