Sovereignty - In order to secure personal Sovereignty one must be portable.
Back in 1978 there was an oil supply crisis. The government responded to this crisis by suggesting the reimplementation of two World War II executive orders. One would ration citizen’s ability to purchase gasoline through issuing ration tokens, while the second executive order would restrict the free travel of citizens by requiring them to receive governmental permission to travel outside their home territory. These two executive orders would have severely limited my personal freedom; I was further convinced that the government of the United States could capriciously restrict my freedoms without my ability to challenge there doing so. ..
To counter these actions and potential actions, I decided that my only recourse was to move aboard a boat. By living aboard a boat I could "get the hell outta Dodge" if the USA were to become an oppressive place to live. Further, the boat had to be a sailboat since one factor of control would certainly involve the restrictive regulation on the purchase of fuel. With a sailboat I only needed access to open water and from there I would be able to utilize the wind which is not yet controlled by the government.
The sailboat needed to be small enough to be inexpensive to keep in a marina, small enough that operating it would not be too physically taxing, and yet large enough to be comfortable for two to live aboard. I wanted a sailboat that had an outboard motor as its auxiliary power since I could take an outboard to a service center instead of having an expensive service call to the boat, and the replacement of an inboard auxiliary is much more expensive than a new outboard. Additionally the vibration, noise, odor, and heat of an outboard would be isolated off the stern as opposed to an inboard which would be inside the cabin and bolted to the frame of the boat itself. An outboard is also a much more simple motor compared to an inboard which would require thru hull fittings for cooling, wires, plumbing, messy oil changes inside the boat, and by its very existence, an inboard would block usage of the under cockpit sole area which I have dubbed "The Basement" and where I have a great deal of machinery and equipment stored.
So, since 1984 I have been re-making Sovereignty into a comfortable home.
Sovereignty - The greatest feeling of security arises from the total control of your personal space.
Most people pursue the "Great American Dream." That dream being: Acquire an Education, Find a Mate, Produce and Rear a Family, Buy a Home, and Retire in Comfort. A lovely dream if you trust society to protect your best interests. However; greed, avarice, and lust often cause society to work toward your enslavement. To that end, I have decided that the typical "home" environment is the glitch in the plan. As soon as you buy a house, you become enslaved by the system. The government controls the money supply, its debt limit, the tax rate, and real property regulation.
People tend to nest which changes a house to a home. Once the children are grown and gone, the nest becomes a burden and is often exchanged for a smaller house. Most all the changes which converted the former house to a home have to be abandoned when that late in life move occurs. It happens at a time when the individuals are least capable of making the new nest as comfortable as the old home. The sacrifice for easy living is disturbing to the individual at a time when familiar comfort is most desired. I believe this move causes significant distress and leads to feelings of dis ease and eventually disease (or a breakdown of the bodily and/or mental functions).
It is the government that is the source of problems. As it spends money it is taking from us, on programs it feels are in our best interests and we loose our freedoms. Their deficits devalue our equity and savings and force us into situations not of our choosing. As interest rates rise, the equity in a home is reduced and in some cases eliminated. Additionally, as the money supply grows, the value of each dollar shrinks and our savings in terms of future purchasing power are diluted. The home we took decades to modify for comfort can actually force us to take money from our savings to eliminate its debt. The insidious reach of government eventually enslaves us to the system and we loose control of our very existence. Under the threat of forced tax sale, we pay the bill and the government chooses how to spend our money.
Realizing the flaw in the "Great American Dream" early in my life, has afforded me the opportunity to opt out of the home ownership component and sidestep the government's control of my boat/home. I decided to take control of my nest such that I could relocate it to a different region of the world if I so choose, and be able to finish my life in that same nest. To wit, I downsized my physical existence to Sovereignty, a Catalina 27 sailboat. The changes I have made to her since I purchased her in 1984 have been enjoyed in St. Clair Shores, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Bay City, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Jacksonville, Florida; New Rochelle, New York; and voyages throughout the United States and Canada. No bank, local government, state government, or federal government was ever involved in my relocation save the registering of a pleasure craft which is now an antique and significantly less expensive through the State of Michigan (my sons are listed as co-owners so the boat will not even be probated upon my demise).
Sovereignty is my Sovereign Nation (her tender is "Envoy"), I am the Republic's President, Supreme Court Chief Justice (unless a lady is aboard), and no less than half the congress). I am totally portable in that my boat/home is berthed in open water. I need no entity's permission to leave. No lock to traverse, draw bridge to pass through, and no gated border to block my departure. There is no issue with leaving this place, I merely have to disconnect my attachment to land and sail off into the future. That frustrates government which prefers its citizens to have physical locations to which it can levy taxes and fees forcing its citizens to "Pay the Bill" or loose the nest. I can decide to not pay the bill and take my home to a more suitable place.
As an aside, I am genetically blessed. My late sixties health is fantastic, I am a mere 5' 6" tall (and shrinking), 180 lbs. (170 lbs. cruising weight), and thus capable of living aboard a 27' sailboat'. Any larger person would require larger quarters which are more expensive to buy, keep, maintain, and operate. They also are of deeper draft (a limitation), and from time to time crew required. Sovereignty is rigged to be singlehanded so experienced crew need not be required. Additionally Sovereignty can be truck/trailer transported without the need of government permits (larger boats with wider beams must buy special permits - "hello, I'm from the government and......").
With great health, Sovereignty ready (being used as a home -floating in open water yet connected to electricity, water, fiber optic services, etc.,) for liftoff with her United States registration and pass port protected occupants, to any where in North/Central America, the Carribbean Islands and Sea, or Canada; I am confident you can imagine the feeling of personal freedom and security I appreaciate and enjoy now and feel confident, can be maintained indefinately at a variety of levels and places.
We Initiated The Big Bang
In the beginning there was GOD. GOD was energy and matter, existing in unified perfection. Nothing was happening as time and space did not exist, and GOD, boared with omnipotence, created CHANGE.
With that BIG BANG, "moments" sprang into existance and GOD became aware of all the individual parts which composed its existance as they began expressing CHANGE. It is this awareness of the changing parts of GOD that caused GOD to loose omnipitence and become attached to its individual parts and thus we sprang into existance as a piece of GOD interacting with individual parts of energy and matter changing with the moment.
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I will be delighted to share the processes and equipment I utilized in making the modifications to Sovereignty.
In December, 2009 I retired and prepared Sovereignty for a summer cruise to the North Channel of Georgian Bay. It was in Grand River, Ohio that I completed the Great Loop of the eastern United States. The story of that cruise is posted under the heading of Sovereignty's Trips.
From 2002 through 2009 I was a rigger for a major sailboat yard in the New York City area. We primarily serviced racing sailboats.
Prior to that time I was a USCG Licensed Master (200 tons) and operated a privately owned 100' motor yacht on an "around the world" cruise. Starting from Jacksonville, Florida; we visited the Bahamas, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, etc. On September 11, 2001 we were in America Samoa and the vessle's insurance company stipulated that we proceed no further west. The owner was convinced the travel ban would be lifted shortly so he decided to wait out the travel ban. I, on the other hand, felt it would not be in my best interests to proceed west into the Indian Ocean and Malaysia so, when given the opportunity, I opted out of the cruise and returned to the United States. I picked up Sovereignty in Jacksonville, Florida and moved her to New York City as I felt it would be a fun place to live. I arrived in New York April 3, 2002 and have been there since that date.
Sovereignty and I have cruised the East Coast from Troy, New York to Jacksonville, Florida in 1998, In 1999 Sovereignty and I sailed fromGrand River, Ohio to Jacksonville, Florida via the Lake Erie, The Detroit River, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, The North Channel, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, to Chicago, Illinois. From there, we traveled south via the Illinois River, the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, the Tom Bigbee and Tenn. Tom canals to the Alabama River and Mobile, Alabama. Crossing the Gulf of Mexico to Clearwater, Florida and then south to Key West, with a brief visit to Cuba, Sovereignty and I ushered in the new millennium in Key West and after January 1, 2000 we headed to Jacksonville, Florida.
In the 1990's and late 1980's Sovereignty and I cruised Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron, Geirguan Bay and its North Channel. In the early 1980's and late 1970's I sailed club boats and crewed with other sailors. In 1979 I organized The Singlehanded Sailing Society and hosted the first and longest freshwater sailboat race, from Port Huron, Michigan to Makinaw Island, Michigan.