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Old August 30, 2006, 04:23 PM   #1
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A houseboat or yacht as a BOV

Anyone thought of this? It's a good topic. If you had a houseboat you could defend from afar...but you are a great target. Anyone?
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Old August 30, 2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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since I am 15 miles from the water, it would make me a sitting duck.
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Old August 30, 2006, 07:36 PM   #3
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In Nevada, a houseboat might be a bit of a handicap. I'll take a 4X4.
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Old August 31, 2006, 10:57 AM   #4
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Yep

I thought maybe someone would be in favor of the idea.....but I have to admit that it is not the Greatest idea for anyone. If you are on the coast maybe. A big a@@ lake etc.
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Old August 31, 2006, 12:21 PM   #5
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what exactly is a BOV?
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Old August 31, 2006, 12:40 PM   #6
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Old August 31, 2006, 01:20 PM   #7
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I've always lived on the coast. A boat could make sense as a bail out vehicle, in certain circumstances. When I lived on the Outer Banks of NC, we were often evacuated when hurricanes were approaching. This would usually mean several hours of sitting in traffic. I owned a 20' foot center console at the time. Everytime I towed it in the heavy, evacuation traffic I thought about how much quicker I could have gone by boat.

If you live in a city by a large body of water, I can about promise you that you'll make better time on the water, getting out of town, than by fighting traffic in a shtf scenario. A larger boat would also act as a base camp and a place to stay until things return to normal.

As far as being a "great target" goes, anyone who is better off than others in a shtf situation is a possible target. A boat can certainly be defended and might offer more mobility than something like a camper trailer. You have greater visibility on the water, which makes it easier for one person to keep watch. You will probably run into far less people on the water, and the people you do run into are liable to be of a better quality. Your greatest danger would be when you had to come ashore.

I assume you live by one of the huge man made impoundments in Nevada. If you lived by the coast, I'd also suggest you consider a sailboat. Motorboats of any kind are not exactly fuel efficient, although a modern fourstroke gets pretty good "mileage".

I'd certainly rather be "chillin" on my yacht, up some small protected creek, than cramed in some temporary evacuation shelter. It would also get you away from the type of public officials who think it is okay to disarm Americans during emergencies. I can't believe they actually re-elected that guy.

Good topic
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Old August 31, 2006, 01:43 PM   #8
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I do not have a boat of any kind but I saw the topic on another (SKS) web forum. I must admit that it would be OK for awhile but obviously you must come ashore and refuel. Maybe it would be a good idea for a SHORT term SHTF situation. We have several big lakes in this state and none would make the best choice, but if you lived on a river or the Ocean I think it would be great....at least for the short term. Keep your powder dry!
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Old August 31, 2006, 01:44 PM   #9
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Thanks guys....

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Old August 31, 2006, 05:41 PM   #10
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Old September 4, 2006, 07:53 AM   #11
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Remember Mr. Tappan?

Just an opinion, but I would imagine fresh water hard to come by on the ocean.

on the other hand, i think EVERYONE should be on the water.... ....yeah, that's the ticket, on the water, away from here....yeah.
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