I think goboatingnow and BrentSwain are both right but in two different scenarios.
- - It was pointed out early in this thread that an awful lot of the world is dependent economically in the 2 or 3 "powerhouse" economies and as the recent financial collapse clearly demonstrated. The ripples of major problems in only one "powerhouse" can cascade down through hundreds of other countries. The Caribbean
is one useful example. Food
is almost all imported and jobs are almost all dependent upon tourism from the major powerhouse countries. There are a few exceptions like Dominica
and St Vincent and probably the D.R., but in the most part collapse of the economy in a major powerhouse causes significant havoc in many smaller countries.
- - Should a major political cataclysm occur being on a cruising boat still inside the areas of the "economic fallout" zone might not be much use but only delay the eventual effects reaching you.
- - On the other hand, in a more physically orientated disaster where war, and civil order collapses then being on a cruising sailboat able to journey as far as practical from the epicenter would be an excellent idea. Of course, the type/style of boat would play a significant factor. Being able to operate and cruise
the boat without the requirement of 1st world technology/supplies would make a significant difference.
- - It is interesting that in almost all of the "end of the world" movies out of Hollywood - the end of the world only involves North America and sometimes Europe
. The rest of the planet doesn't exist. But throughout real history
such places have survived quite fine. Mainly because they had nothing to lose if the powerhouses collapsed or destroyed themselves. Getting to one of these places would be the objective with your sailboat.