Hello from the Gulf
August 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm #1322
Hello, I ran across this site from the ronpaulforums and am quite interested in the possibility of seasteading.
I currently live on a canal that is about 100 feet from the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve been working on getting my house off the grid in as many aspects as I can (while keeping things looking good for the dear wife).
Last year I built a chicken coop and runner and I now have 3 chickens that produce around 1 egg a day giving us more than enough eggs.
I’ve been working on ways to get off of the water company (you can’t have a well right next to seawater). I have done a lot of research and found that water distillers are best at getting rid of all salt from the water. I bought a distiller and love it but haven’t yet tried putting water from the back yard in there. There are reverse osmosis systems out there used in yachts but they run around $5k each and don’t get out 100% of the salt. I still have a lot of work to do to get my house off grid for water. I have a large tank to capture rain but don’t have gutters (for some reason my wife thinks they would detract from the house).
I’m a libertarian, I was president of our county LP and ran for congress as the LP candidate though I didn’t get enough signatures to be put on the ballot. I didn’t see much hope in the US at that point and decided to look out for #1. I signed up for the Free State Project and almost got a job in NH but it fell through. I went to Iraq as a contractor so I could make a bunch of money so that I could have better options for my life. I ended up only spending a year over there, coming back and marrying my wife. I supported Ron Paul during his campaign and got excited again about the possibility of freedom. But the American voter again demonstrated their stupidity.
Since then I’ve been seeking the freest nation to move to. I still haven’t found one that’s all that free.
I’ve always had a dream of building a dome home community under the water in International waters that could expand and grow to an Atlantis type of city. I’ve been working on the design for quite a while and would eventually like to test a small scale prototype in the gulf at some point.
Seasteading sounds like a great idea. I like the idea of being able to leave one community and go to another. Voting with your feet.August 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm #11086
http://www.rutuonline.com/html/watermaker.html shows how to build a watermaker for much less than commercially available units.August 11, 2010 at 10:54 pm #11087
Welcome to the aquarium. Jump in and swim around… Don’t let the know-it-all’s hurt your feelings… Their bark is far worse that their bite!
Admiral Doty, nice link! Glenn has a nice web-site.
Never be afraid to try something new…
Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.August 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm #11103
Elwar! Just jump in wherever you have something to contribute. Solar distillers i think are the way to go and there are a number of simple DIY designs out there that work very well.August 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm #11207
Solar distillers i think are the way to go and there are a number of simple DIY designs out there that work very well.
I’ve checked out solar distillers and wasn’t too impressed. They aren’t so much distillers as they are condensation catchers. The trouble being that they still contain a lot of the bad things in water that you’re trying to get rid of.
A distiller has to heat water to just below boiling point and expel any gas that might burn up at that temperature. There are many chemicals that burn under water boiling temperature that would stay in the water if you don’t let it escape. Once those are gone, then the temperature is raised to boiling and the water turns to steam and is cooled off to become water again. But you can’t raise the temperature beyond boiling because the chemicals that boil at just above water boiling need to stay in the tank and not turn to gas.August 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm #11234
If you intend to to try to distill water that you know is polluted with chemicals, heavy metals and the like, then you’re right: a solar distiller wouldn’t be the way to go. On the other hand I wouldn’t even try to distill polluted water unless I were a chemical engineer or had specific training in dealing with things like that. You could die or worse: kill other people.September 5, 2010 at 11:00 am #11279
Welcome aboard, from a live-aboard!
Much like Eskimos and snow, boat people have over 30 words for “leak.”October 9, 2010 at 12:00 am #11492
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