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Doomsday Preppers Weeks 14 & 15: Oops, My Bad

Also: the highest-rated, most effective prepper of the season.

by
Bob Owens

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March 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm

There are preppers that theorize and never implement, a smaller number of preppers that test their theories thoroughly, and a minute band of full-time preppers that live the same way now as they would after a pending disaster. Captain William E. Simpson, skipper of the all-steel, 90-ton, 70-foot Iron Maiden, lives as he preps on a mobile, sea-worthy bunker built to survive a solar storm that would destroy the modern world with an electromagnetic pulse.

Designed as a floating Faraday Cage to protect on-board electronics, the Iron Maiden is designed to be twice as strong as any other wood or fiberglass hull her size, and can still cruise at 12 knots with ten tons of supplies on board. Her hull is bullet-proof to small arms, and even her hatches and windows are as well. Unlike any prepper who has been on the show at any time, the Simpsons have “walked the walk”; they’ve been on real-life voyages up to three years on the Iron Maiden. This isn’t theory for them. It’s history.

By setting out into the ocean, he uses the Pacific itself as a moat against anyone who would attempt to raid his cache of supplies. Short of pirates, Simpson would seem to have little to fear.

The toughest part of the perpetual voyage for Captain Simpson is trying to shape those he would save into a passable crew.

When it comes to training his crew for shipboard tasks, Simpson seems competent, but his idea of defensive arms leaves a lot to be desired. His insistence on avoiding firearms, and instead relying on spearguns, molotov cocktails, and flare guns, means that while the Iron Maiden may be nearly bullet-proof at a distance, the crew is potential prey for any rifle-armed boarding party that would presumably have little trouble clearing the decks before the dubious short-range weapons on the ship came into play.

The experts at Practical Preppers dinged Simpson for his lack of practical defensive weaponry as well, but the fact remains that the Pacific is huge, and it would be difficult to even find the Iron Maiden, much less attempt to assault it on the move. They give Simpson the highest prepper score of the season, and how couldn’t they? He’s out there doing this every day, and his systems have worked for years. Even then, Simpson isn’t impressed with the show’s experts, claiming that they don’t know jack about nautical prepping. I’m inclined to defer to his years of experience.

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Hyperinflation 1923

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4KsREg_IU8&feature=related

Listen closely and hear if anything sounds familiar to today!
1 year ago
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I'm going to ding the Kansas guy for being soft about doing without a/c. Come on, he's out in the woods in a well-shaded house. I lived my first 17 years in the city in a house without a/c in the same climate. My great-grandmother did it without electricity for even longer.
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I'm only set for two to three weeks of fuel for the generator (about as loud as a conversation) and twice that of food, heat and other expendables. I figure that will get us through a Katrina sized disaster. In something worse, it should put us way ahead of most people without drawing much attention.
1 year ago
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The Andrea Gail was 72 feet. If God wants ya he ll get ya

Also the sea has a way to make even a nice person nasty and mean

"It is a matter of supernatural indifference to me whether you contaminate the natives or the natives contaminate you. I have but one concern - our mission. Let one of you provoke an incident which endangers it and I shall cause that man to curse his mother for giving him birth. " Captain Blah
1 year ago
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Haven't seen either episode. Thought the season was over. I will point out that the ash from Yellowstone would head East not West. So the one guy who has the least to worry from an eruption is doing exactly that.
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