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Old 13-09-2012, 12:33   #16
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

If after all of this you still want to do it, buy this book.

Amazon.com: Sailing the Farm: A Survival Guide to Homesteading on the Ocean (9780898150513): Ken Neumeyer: Books
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Old 13-09-2012, 12:34   #17
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

A bozo named Reed did it for a few years (1000 days) as a stunt...

What else could you call it?

You can also survive w/o FRESH water by drinking your urine, sometimes mixed with saltwater...

When you say "YOU" do you mean "ME" or Yourself or folks in general? Are we talking about survival tactics or living in some comfort?

Bear can teach you how...But then again on the one episode that was to show how to survive at sea they 'rescued' him early because a storm was coming.

Even Bear knows not to mess with the ocean...

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Old 13-09-2012, 12:36   #18
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

On a 9-11 day open ocean passage from the States to the Caribbean, we'd normally catch 2 maybe 3 mahi-mahi. Enough to supplement the on-board food supply, but I wouldn't want to count on catching fish to stay alive--it's kind of hit or miss. Once in the islands, fish were few and far between. Of course, I'm not the world's best fisherman, but not the worst, either.
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Old 13-09-2012, 12:52   #19
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

There is survival and then there is eating well. There is the realistic down side of not eating well too. Not surviving takes care of the mess in the end.

Net everything possible is worthwhile. I would squarely assign this idea to that category.

Being a burden to society in places that already have a lot of that isn't a good idea. Most islands have some like that already and don't welcome outsiders.
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

Most islands require fishing licenses don't they?
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I don't think OP was location specific - certainly I would imagine that places like the Carribean would have limitations, both on finding fish to catch and on them being edible (and non-fatal?!).

But around these parts I suspect pretty doable (and for non-commercial fishing no licences - we don't need no stinkin' gubberment ).

No 24/7 warm weather though .

Avoiding Scurvy? Seaweed? or growing own oranges .
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

If he wants to stay offshore UK and fish year round, I suspect he's going to get tired of that a lot quicker than might be anticipated. no matter how good the fishing is.

We could certainly catch enough fish, lobster and conch to survive here. Do they have rainbow dolphin in Europe?
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

You could until your hull paint becomes less and less effective to the point where you have to clean your hull once a week so you can sail efficiently enough to stay off of the land masses.

One would also have to assume that on a boat nothing ever breaks. We all know how true that is.
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Keel Farming. I've seen lots of boats do it in George Town (and I've even been known to grow a little myself).
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

difference between living and being alive

difference between cruising (what most of do in 1 form or another) and just going to sea
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

When I was a little kid I wanted to be a hermit, it sounded romantic, but on the other-hand I wanted a wife and kids. I think the attraction of hermit life was a desire to escape life's complications. In the end romance and reality and becoming a slave to the economy finally won the day. Ya can't have everything.
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Re: Can you live off the bounty of the sea?

Does being a commercial fisherman count? I 'lived off the bounty of the sea' for 7 years in the PNW and ate a lot of fish but did supplement my diet by bagging the odd deer and trading salmon for veggies from the indian girls. On second thought, guess it doesn't! Capt Phil
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Theoretically, but only if you can resist the desire of wine, women and juicy steaks...

Also, you don't need to have a desalinator, when it rains you just collect the water. Bernard Moitissier sailed one and a half times around the globe without a watermaker.
Bernie's BO was bad though.....
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You could ask all of those people on the derelict boats anchored off most cities in Florida. They seem to do ok for years at a time.
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SEE!!!...People that own Hunters go to pot-lucks and steal food!!!
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