Going out today to look for a new motor for the boat. We have an open aluminum boat which is a bit under powered with the current motor.

With a bigger motor, if we really had to evacuate long term and could not drive, we are a few minutes to easy access to the ocean where we could launch our boat from. With more horsepower for the boat, we can increase our carrying capacity and it opens a lot more options with miles of protected Pacific coastline and rivers to nearby areas to evac to and will literally save hours (or days in a major disaster) of road driving time.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock