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  • #1605
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    drew23
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    Hello,

    My name is Drew Smith. I live aboard my 12m sailing trimaran at anchor in Vancouver, British Columbia. In under a month, my girlfriend and I will pull up our anchor and depart for San Francisco, where we’ll stay for a month or so before heading back out, south to the Sea of Cortez and Central America. Once we grow tired of that, we’ll head west towards the South Pacific… and we haven’t made any plans past that as of yet. We intend to continue until it stops being fun.

    I have spent the past three years working non-stop restoring my sailboat, which I purchased in a somewhat dilapidated state for approximately the cost of a Volkswagen Jetta. Her name is TIE Fighter, both for the fact that I will probably never own a spacefaring vessel and for the fact that if I play my cards right I’ll never have to wear a necktie again.

    Our focus in this endeavor is to explore just how self-sustained we can become. Currently about 95% of our electrical needs are provided for by two large solar panels. We’re awaiting delivery of our fancy desalinator, we’re learning to fish, and we’ve built a large garden box at the stern for growing green leafy vegetables. We’re sprouting and pickling; this coming March will mark three years without a refrigerator. In those three years, the boat has been tied to a dock for less than two months – and believe me, living at anchor 300m offshore in a Pacific Northwest winter windstorm is no picnic.

    I’ve been in heavy-iron I.T. for fifteen years, but I no longer feel passionate about network systems; I feel passionate about real systems. Propulsion, electrical, freshwater, food, waste management… things I can design with my mind and build with my hands. I’ve discovered that being human and living in the world is far more fascinating than the internet. Physics and weather and emergency medicine and nutrition and physical adversity – these things make me feel alive.

    I think the Seasteading Institute is a project that I could feel passionate about, and that I could contribute to. The real question is just… how?

    #14945
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    shredder7753
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    adduno how Drew, but read through the forum headings and sea if anything looks interesting. heres the project im currently on. ur welcome to join us with that, but it seems like ur into moving around while on the ocean. does the idea of staying in the same place on the water and making it a permanent home sound ineresting?

    welcome aboard!

    Rich

    Volunteer Ambassador, The Seasteading Institute

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    My Work II

    “Leadership and do-ership are not the same thing”

    #14955
    Avatar of elspru
    elspru
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    drew23 wrote:

    Hello,

    My name is Drew Smith. I live aboard my 12m sailing trimaran at anchor in Vancouver, British Columbia. In under a month, my girlfriend and I will pull up our anchor and depart for San Francisco, where we’ll stay for a month or so before heading back out, south to the Sea of Cortez and Central America. Once we grow tired of that, we’ll head west towards the South Pacific… and we haven’t made any plans past that as of yet. We intend to continue until it stops being fun.

    I have spent the past three years working non-stop restoring my sailboat, which I purchased in a somewhat dilapidated state for approximately the cost of a Volkswagen Jetta. Her name is TIE Fighter, both for the fact that I will probably never own a spacefaring vessel and for the fact that if I play my cards right I’ll never have to wear a necktie again.

    cast off them slave suits! harhar

    Our focus in this endeavor is to explore just how self-sustained we can become. Currently about 95% of our electrical needs are provided for by two large solar panels. We’re awaiting delivery of our fancy desalinator, we’re learning to fish, and we’ve built a large garden box at the stern for growing green leafy vegetables. We’re sprouting and pickling; this coming March will mark three years without a refrigerator. In those three years, the boat has been tied to a dock for less than two months – and believe me, living at anchor 300m offshore in a Pacific Northwest winter windstorm is no picnic.

    I’m contemplating overwintering in the great lakes, might happen as early as this year.

    Your self-sufficiency accomplishments are admirable.

    I’ve been in heavy-iron I.T. for fifteen years, but I no longer feel passionate about network systems; I feel passionate about real systems. Propulsion, electrical, freshwater, food, waste management… things I can design with my mind and build with my hands. I’ve discovered that being human and living in the world is far more fascinating than the internet. Physics and weather and emergency medicine and nutrition and physical adversity – these things make me feel alive.

    I feel much the same way.

    I think the Seasteading Institute is a project that I could feel passionate about, and that I could contribute to. The real question is just… how?

    You’re already contributing by being a self-sufficient liveaboard at anchor,

    currently that’s the closest to Seasteading anyone has yet achieved.

    Reproduction is what allows for any society to flourish.

    So it’s best to be able to reproduce every part of your seastead, including boat, tools, and people.

    Now there are several routes the high-road of doing everything with money/persuasion,

    and the “low-road” of doing everything self-sufficiently, as Buddha says, the middle path is best.

    Though potentially could gain seastead members by offering room and board to someone that contributes and works with your seastead, can also try the traditional method of having children.

    That’s likely the path my partner and I are taking, might even have a seastead daycare/monastary. While I was in Thailand as a monk the monostary I was staying at was also an orphanage, school and radio-station.

    My partner is currently learning early-childhood-education, and I’m working on a human-speakable-programming-language to make a Noah’s ark of the knowledge required to reproduce technological, biological and spiritual experience.

    I’ve built a concrete dinghy, got an anchor for it yesterday,

    have some people interested in helping me with financing a sailboat.

    calm aware desire choice love express intuit move

    #14962
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    xns
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    Welcome to the forum Drew, nice to have more sailors on the forum, we have far too many people with no ocean-going experience commenting on things that just never happen. As for what you can do… Perhaps it might be a good idea to post the specs on your yacht? What’s your maximum range and how much cargo can you concieveably cram into her? I might need something anchored on a site south of India a few months from now.

    King Shannon of the Constitutional Monarchy of Logos.

    #14969
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    wohl1917
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    Drew23! Can’t really add to what’s already been said above but would love to hear about your challenges and accomplishments in the future! There are many different visions of ‘Seasteading’ presented here but in my opinion you ARE DOING IT! Again, welcome aboard!

    < http://ocr.wikia.com/wiki/Oceanic_Citizens_Republic_Wiki>

    Avatar of Zephyrheart
    Zephyrheart
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    Drew, you’ve taken the exact thoughts and feelings I’ve had and put them to action! I, too, am an IT specialist. While I still have a strong interest in all things tech, I have grown to desire a more visceral lifestyle. I was looking for ways to become self-sufficient and live on my own merits instead of on ‘money’ alone when I found seasteading. It’s kindled a passion in me that continues to grow.

    Seeing that you’ve already done what I want to do is wonderful! If you do nothing around here besides this one post, know that you’ve already done a great service to my confidence in the power to make the jump!

    #15587
    Avatar of SailorTrash
    SailorTrash
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    Hey, another full-timer! My wife and I have been living aboard our 33′ sloop for almost three years now. Welcome.

    http://seagypsies-mikeandkatie.blogspot.com/

    Much like Eskimos and snow, boat people have over 30 words for “leak.”

    #15600
    Avatar of drew23
    drew23
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    Hey! Thanks for the welcomes!

    We’re currently anchored in Neah Bay, Washington – aka the last safe place to stay before heading 100nm offshore, turning left, then turning left again to enter San Francisco.

    The downside is that I’m an idiot, and I dropped a critical part of the steering system into the ocean the other day while servicing it; now instead of being stuck here waiting for a weather window, we’re stuck here waiting for a UPS delivery of a key part from Ontario.

    I’ll try to check in more often – we’ll be in SF for the month of October, and then onwards to Mexico and eventually the South Pacific. Right now everything is happening pretty much in real-time so it’s hard to take time to relax and read forums. :)

    Nice to meet you all, looking forward to slowly matching personalities to the screen names. :)

    Cheers,

    - Drew.

    
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    "Analogies are dangerous, Amanda, because life is like a sandcastle..."
     Technomad blog: http://disengage.ca
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