The New Age of Sail
Found this thought provoking article written by Dimitry Orlov, who writes and lectures about the collapse of the Soviet Union and U.S. petrocollapse. The article is called The New Age of Sail.
He proposes that living on a sailboat may be the best long term strategy for many people given the changed circumstances that we will experience as a result of climate change and the exhaustion of fossil fuels. Here are a few selected and shortened quotes:
" For anyone faced with an unpredictable future, but one guaranteed to be disrupted and resource-poor, and to require frequent relocation in search of scarce remaining resources, a sailboat designed for the job would be a remarkable asset. It can provide not only transportation, but housing and storage. It is a residence that does not require one to own land. It can serve as a floating workshop, kitchen, or clinic, It can help one flee from danger. It can be maintained with the help of basic skills, such as carpentry, spinning and weaving, using materials available within the environment. It can carry all the tools needed to repair or even reproduce it. In short, it is difficult to think of anything that would be more useful to have."
" While it is by no means for everyone, living aboard is one of the few ways available to people of modest means to live in a city of their choice, own their residence free and clear, never pay a penny of real estate tax, and vacation for as long as and wherever they please, remaining debt-free all the while. It can be much less expensive than living on land, freeing up much time for things other than work, such as travelling the world, spending time with family and friends, or just quietly contemplating this crazy world, which is spinning further and further out of control with each passing day."
Unfortunately I personally think there is one pretty major flaw in this otherwise excellent article. When it comes to his recommendation for the ideal sailboat to use he cites something called a ‘squareboat’ or ‘sharpie’. Now it’s not for me to criticise but click on the links and make up your own mind. Someone really ought to tell Mr Orlov about Wharram Designs, they fit the bill perfectly!