In a world where gas has run out, owning a bug out boat will put you at a distinct advantage over other survivors. Rivers will become the new highways and your boat will be the perfect method to get around quickly and easily.
Many major cities are built around rivers, so you'll be able to access the downtown areas easily with a quick escape route built in. It will also be a invaluable way of carrying heavy goods from one place to the other if you need to change base camps.
Using a bug out boat can be a creative way of avoiding the inevitable log jam of road traffic that will immediately follow any evacuation announcement. However, it does rely on your base camp being on or near a river if you plan to use the bug out boat as a getaway vehicle. In some situations, you may be able to use the boat as a temporary base, but you'll need to make some modifications to allow you to stay on board for longer:
If your budget doesn't stretch to a fully powered yacht or motor boat, an inflatable boat will see you through the first few days. Make sure that the model that you buy inflates quickly and the pump will run from a generator. For a four-person boat, it could take half a day to inflate it manually and you won't have that time to waste. Having an inflatable boat does give you greater flexibility compared to a proper boat, as you can store it as part of your bug out gear and only inflate it when the time comes and you're at your identified water source.
In either situation, you'll need to do some research on your local waterway network before you start to prepare your bug out boat. This includes finding out which rivers flow in which direction, how deep they are and if there are any barriers, such as low bridges or white water rapids, that may hinder your escape.
Now, here are a couple of imaginative and creative boats for bug out.