I have been a long time prepper, long before the Y2K frenzy. You never have everything but I was quite secure in my preps and comfortable that I could face anything that might come up. Then my work took me overseas to live. When we got settled in our new home I immediately started to assess the prepping situation. What were the likely scenarios, what kind of preps could I make? I now have a reliable 4x4 with completely stocked bug out kit. Air compressor, first aid kit, extra parts etc. that would get us safely to the border. I have plenty of cash and jewelery in the safe to use to bribe border guards or to pay a fisherman to ferry us out of the country. So I am as secure as I could make it here. But it required a complete re-think of what I may need and what was feasible. Good high quality edged weapons due to not being able to own firearms. So now I had the opportunity to buy a place on a small island in the Mediterranean. A place to get away and out of the desert. We will live there for the next 8 to 10 years until I retire then decide if we want to move back to the states or not. So now I am reassessing the prepping requirements once again. The island is heavily forested and has an abundance of small game. Wild donkeys are plentiful which would be a meat source if needed. Fruits and vegetables are plentiful nearly year round owing to the very temperate climate. I have two good storage areas at the house that I will begin to stock with hunting/camping/survival gear. And of course the sea is near so fish would be a major food staple. I can own a shotgun and a bolt action small bore rifle for hunting so I like that. No semi-autos or handguns. So the preps for living on an island won't be much different than anywhere else. I will bring over some of what I have in storage in the states. But now my main focus is a BOV. Living on an island a GOOD vehicle means a boat. I hope to be able to purchase in the next year or two a seaworthy cabin cruiser/motor yacht type of boat. Something with living facilities aboard and capable of traversing short distances of open waters. The Med is not the open ocean and is supposed to be some of the safest sailing waters in the world. So here is the point of my post. I have no experience with boats outside of lake and river craft. The very limited storage available will be a major consideration. I will opt for a motor cruiser instead of a sail boat due to my inexperience with sailing and not having the time to learn. I have worked with diesel engines all my life and am comfortable that I could maintain and repair them as needed. I know we have a lot of ex navy people here and maybe even some with experience living on an island. So I am looking for suggestions. Help me think this out and see what I may be missing. I have always thought that an island would be a great bug out location especially in a pandemic situation. This place only has two official ports of entry so it would be easy to close them down and prohibit entry during a full blown worldwide pandemic. It's location and size precludes it from being any kind of high value military objective in a world war. Civil unrest would be the most likely threat. The village where we live is small and removed from the major population centers. So now I am once again looking at my preps from a different perspective. Any thoughts?