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Meet the Preppers: Capt. William E. Simpson

Captain Bill Simpson harvests seaweed for preparation on the Iron Maiden.

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"I'm preparing for a solar flare that will wipe out the power grid."

William E. Simpson is the prepper captain of the high seas. Living out his golden years with his wife Laura aboard their 70-foot boat. Together they have traveled the world, living bugged out for years at a time. Bill considers himself the ultimate prepper because he has the skills to survive off the land and sea. He is preparing for a geomagnetic storm that will produce an EMP disabling all electronic devices. Bill and his family plan to take the 70-foot Iron Maiden and bug out to the open ocean, away from people and chaos.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, William is training his relatives to operate the Iron Maiden; his bulletproof bug-out sailboat that doubles as the perfect apocalyptic getaway. The all-steel vessel is designed as a Faraday Cage, protecting the vital electronics on board in the event of a massive solar flare that produces an electromagnetic pulse that could disable the power grid. In the hull, a tool shed has been embedded; Bill is stocked with an almost infinite supply of redundant repair parts. He trains his crew; a ragtag group of relatives, in the various demands of a post-fallout world. On board, Bill has specifically fitted the ship with a high capacity desalination plant. Bill follows the rules of redundancy thoroughly and while his spear gun serves as a means to food, Bill can also use it as a form of defense.

6 comments
Gregory S.
Gregory S.

There are threats everywhere. At sea there are always tempests. We often take for granted how valuable modern weather forecasting is on the open seas. With no power one will have to rely on old methods for knowing when it is safe to set sail.

Sergeant Phillips
Sergeant Phillips

You got it right Capt. Bill. I'm a soldier/sawgunner and I surrender to your tactics. Not even the elite of the combat teams in our US Military would out live you on land. Your security score was a joke at best and your food supply in my opinion with your expertise is endless. The scorers with all respect, obviously have little to none at sea (?) Maybe military (?) I am glad to see you sit atop the leaderboard, it will be hard to top your skillset and mission. Period.

William E Simpson
William E Simpson

@Sergeant Phillips Dear Sgt. Phillips: I appreciate your remarks and high compliments. That said, I don't place myself in the same league as our elite military operators such as yourself, who I hold in the highest regard.

Thanks for your service to our country! 


Cheers! Capt. Bill  ('A Fortress At Sea')

Sergeant Phillips
Sergeant Phillips

Capt. Bill is a genius. A humble man- William Simpson is a model of all that is good in society. Elite in his works and notched in with the most intellectual minds of our times..enjoy the labors and lifetime of knowledge of this Prepper who has been ahead of his time long before "preppers," became a commercial success. Capt. Bill soars beyond the best, he is the Ultimate!

William E Simpson
William E Simpson

@Sergeant Phillips Dear Sgt. Phillips. You're too kind! I am in awe of you and our other military men and women who put it all on the line everyday, you are true heroes. Thank You!

William E Simpson
William E Simpson

Ahoy Everyone! 

For those readers/viewers who are looking for new prepping ideas and solutions, we hope our episode raises your curiosity.  

I am sure most viewers realize, it's really hard for us or the great people at Nat. Geo. (producers, writers, directors and cameramen) to even begin to detail this new nautical paradigm and all the strategic and tactical advantages that it provides over and above terrestrial solutions. Having said that, we also realize that no one prepping paradigm is perfect for everyone.

As with other prepping episodes, it's really tough to pack so much into a segment that's less than 30 minutes. Frankly, having a little understanding of what goes-on, I have to give them Kudos for getting it done as well as they do. It's a damn hard job, and I wouldn't want it!

Sheltering in place almost anywhere on land forces Preppers to consider many issues related to defense (costs and liabilities with guns), that are, with proper planning, negated with the nautical paradigm. A proper sail or powerboat can and does provide a valid solution to many potential disaster scenarios, beyond the 'one' scenario that is featured in our episode. It's important to also understand that, in the very limited time of one episode (less than 30 min.), it's only possible to scratch the surface of any paradigm, let alone a new one, which is why my book is about 300 pages.  

We hope that by way of working with Nat. Geo. in offering our episode for your consideration, that more people will take a look at this unique alternative solution and lifestyle. When you're offshore, at sea (or out on a large lake) or at your final remote destination (how about a tropical island?) the odds of dealing with hoards of violent un-prepped post-event survivors is virtually eliminated. Bottom line is; with a boat, you can leave the moment you feel uncomfortable for any reason. A proper boat provides many things with one investment: shelter and security, a home (many people live-a-board), and a BOV.   

I just finished a book on maritime prepping titled 'The Nautical Prepper' (Ulysses Press). It's available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I also just launched a new website (still a few knits to go) that also has some info. www.NauticalPrepper.com.  

Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Bill