> Dan Gladstone, 19, and Zachary Weindel, 26, have built a raft, and a dream — they hope to have a self-sufficient boat, a community and a way of life.
> It’s called seasteading. Think homesteading. Now imagine it on the ocean.
> “It’s freedom,” Gladstone says.
> It’s bold, idealistic and, perhaps, quixotic. It’s living off the land while living on the sea. It is, Gladstone and Weindel say, a life without leases and rents, mortgages and taxes, electric bills and grocery-store visits.
> “We like to think of it as an open biodome system,” Weindel says.
Do you live in one of the 9 countries adjacent to the Baltic Sea? Check out the new [Baltic Seasteading](http://www.balticseasteading.com/) group. Their website states:
> Probably the greatest challenge of living at sea is dealing with waves, and the Baltic Sea has some of the lowest waves in the world while still big enough to contain international waters. This makes it a great place for seasteaders to start out and experiment with new structures and a new way of living.
> Baltic Seasteading is a group for people interested in working actively with seasteading in its current state.
The Seasteading Institute is pleased to announce that it has received its Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service, stating that we are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Among the many benefits this allows, donations to us are tax-deductible (including past ones).
[Moxie Marlinspike](http://www.thoughtcrime.org/) and the [Anarchist Yacht Club](http://www.blueanarchy.org/) present: [Hold Fast: Stories of Maniac Sailors, Anarchic Cast-Aways, and The Voyages of the S/V Pestilence](http://www.blueanarchy.org/holdfast/).
I was fortunate enough to get to tour the [USNS Mercy](http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/usnsmercy/Pages/default.aspx) in San Diego last week, which I’m interested in because of our [medical services on cruise ships](http://seasteading.org/blogs/main/2010/02/03/naama-moran-medical-tourism-ships) business venture.