Capt. William E Simpson – The Nautical Prepper

Ahoy Fellow Preppers!

What is the number one priority of Prepping? Sometimes when I am reading blogs or posts on Twitter I am a bit confused by what a few people are writing, which others are reading and taking to heart.

From my chair, the number-one objective has always been about maximizing the odds of surviving any disaster; as in ‘staying alive’. So I find myself asking the question; if surviving is truly the number-one goal and priority, why do so many Preppers adopt survival strategies and supporting tactics that actually lower their chances of survival long term?

It seems that some Preppers are possibly unknowingly lowering their odds for actual post-disaster long-term survival!

Preppers lower their odds for survival in several ways:

1. They are not making a candid assessment of their own abilities; financially, mentally and physically, and adopt the wrong survival strategy (paradigm). None of us are ‘John J. Rambo’.  So his strategy is not your strategy.

2. Some Preppers are buying supplies and equipment without having any first-hand experience with those products and equipment…over time. And even worse yet, buying supplies and equipment supporting a survival paradigm that limits their odds for surviving. In real survival situations, time grinds away at you and all your preps. It’s amazing what happens over many months/years, as opposed to a few weeks.

3. Methods and strategies; some Preppers are accumulating their information from unknown third parties (no-name Bloggers without any actual verifiable experience or credentials). For all anyone knows, some of these Survival-Prepper Bloggers might not have even been as much as a Cub Scout, let alone a ‘survival expert‘. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some of these Bloggers regurgitate what they have read as if it was their own. Still others just aggregate information leaving you on your own to try to determine what’s chaff and what’s wheat. And that’s certainly fair, but figuring out what’s – what is not an easy mission.

And all of that leading many Preppers to adopt survival strategies that require the planned utilization (and costs) of guns as a result of defects in the selected survival paradigm itself. As any experienced soldier will tell you; planning to engage other armed combatants, for any reason, is not the way to enhance your life expectancy.

I want to make my personal position crystal-clear; I have the utmost respect, admiration and appreciation for our military men and women (my son-in-law, is a U.S. Marine Corps sniper and one of my personal heroes). I am also an unyielding advocate of the Constitution and all of the unalienable rights granted to U.S. Citizens therein.

My Two Rules For Preppers  {;-)

*Rule One: Don’t Get Dead!  (your preps are useless)

*Rule Two: Don’t engage in any activity that will result in the violation of Rule One.

If Preppers adopt any strategy that requires planning on conflict, then there is already a defect in the plan. Engaging in combat for any reason places Preppers at risk for serious casualties. The strategy that eliminates or minimizes serious risks such as combat is the superior survival strategy, period.

I have experience, but I don’t have all the answers. With regard to Nautical Prepping, I have proven my thesis in the field over a period of many years. I don’t hide behind an avatar and I do have (and provide) verifiable experience and credentials demonstrating my basic proficiencies. SEE:

That said, I am hoping that through my website, articles and books, I can share some hard earned knowledge with interested Preppers looking for solid survival solutions and advice that is based upon real field experience and success.

Expedition Sailors prepare and then travel to distant and remote locations and live totally off the grid at sea and at remote locations for weeks and months at a time as a matter of the ‘normal’ course of operations. The objective is not to displace or defeat an enemy of the State, but to safely survive long-term, usually with some comfort. The knowledge gained from that experience is unprecedented in any other life experience or profession. It’s like doing something everyday for a living; you just get good at it. And with the right guidance, anyone can become proficient in these skills.

There are many lessons from the sea and expedition sailing that have relevant applications to terrestrial Prepping. As one of many examples to be made; most Preppers have never had to make drinking water using using a water-maker, or deal with water collection and purification systems that operate using solar and wind power. Some of the survival and life support systems and equipment being marketed and sold to Preppers have no long-term track records with regard to endurance and performance. In offshore and expedition sailing, even some of the equipment marketed there, which is quite expensive, fails far too soon, leaving some poor sailor in a real pickle. In a real disaster, where your life depends on the equipment’s performance and endurance, it’s important to know how to separate quality from junk. But how do you do that? Well, I learned by installing, servicing and using all kinds of equipment and systems long-term at sea and in remote wilderness locations, as well as by seeing (and repairing) the failed equipment of other expedition sailors. Over decades of field operations, I gained experience in equipment failure analysis, and as a result I can make recommendations for equipment that I know will last.

Most expedition boats and ships use many of the same systems, methodologies and equipment that most Preppers will require in a disaster or long-term post-disaster scenarios. Solar Panels, wind generators, deep-cycle batteries, water production and filtration systems, water pressure systems, lighting systems, air ventilation systems, sanitation systems, food storage and preservation systems, food provisioning, food collection (harvesting sea foods, hunting & fishing), long-range and short-range communications and navigation systems, personal hygiene, medical supplies and first-aid that works, morale, sleeping accommodations, clothing, surveillance and counter surveillance systems, defensive systems and so forth. As a ship’s captain, operating for many years in remote areas and at remote islands, I have dealt with these, and many other issues on a daily basis and over the span of my 30-year career.

One of my goals using this website, and especially my books, will be to get into details and real-life uses and examples of equipment, systems, methods and strategies that work. I will also do periodic product, strategy and equipment reviews as new ideas come to light, offering my opinions, and those reviews will be available on this website.

Currently, FEMA recommends 3 days worth of food and water (“72-hour kit”) as part of their disaster recommendations at their website:

Given what we have seen recently with Hurricane Sandy and with Katrina in 2005, that recommendation is highly uninformed, and was clearly written by someone who had no genuine actual experience. Do you think that if we were to ask any one of the millions people who were without electricity and water during Sandy for weeks, that they would agree with that FEMA recommendation? Of course not! Experience from the most recent disasters clearly shows that emergency supplies should be equal to several weeks as a minimum (I personally recommend several months worth of emergency supplies).

That’s what I am talking about here; it’s all about knowledge based on relevant real-world experience.

Fair Winds & Seas!  Capt. Bill

Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM

Semper Veritas / Semper Paratus