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  • #1146
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    JeffM
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    Point 1: Seasteads will usually be hanging out off of coastal areas right? Lots of ships get expensive repairs done every day.

    Point 2: Seasteads will be high-maintenance environments, so there is bound to be an abundance of engineering expertise on any one seastead.

    Point 3: Seasteads could offer cheaper ship repairs/maintenance. Of course the scale of these repairs would be relative to the level of a seastead’s development.

    Point 4: Perhaps seasteads could trade engineering services for extra materials as well as cash?

    Thoughts?

    #9036
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    …is one of my specialties. And yes, most boaters are always shopping for a bargain. They’re also usually willing to barter, both goods and services. Once some seasteads are up and running, I’ll be one of the pony express sailboats cruising around from stead to stead.

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

    Taking our cue from the Eskimos, we boat people have over 30 words for “leak.”

    #9039
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    One of Neumeyer’s suggestions for sailing live aboards in “Sailing the Farm” was to learn mechanical and repair skills, such as welding, and offer them to other boats and to locals as you travel. Part of the problem with using this for seasteads is that either they will need to come to you with their problem, which means advertising and that they happen to be in the area. And able to get to you when they have a problem, or you can get to them, for example with an appropriately outfitted boat.

    Offering engineering services is just another way of making a living off the web – no matter how you are doing this (software, writing, consulting), you are going to be competing with people who have lower costs of doing business, simply by virtue of being on land. And their internet connection is going to cost less. And they are not going to be seen as borderline crackpots who are likely to disappear some day leaving their clients screwed.

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    JeffM
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    billswift wrote:

    One of Neumeyer’s suggestions for sailing live aboards in “Sailing the Farm” was to learn mechanical and repair skills, such as welding, and offer them to other boats and to locals as you travel. Part of the problem with using this for seasteads is that either they will need to come to you with their problem, which means advertising and that they happen to be in the area. And able to get to you when they have a problem, or you can get to them, for example with an appropriately outfitted boat.

    Offering engineering services is just another way of making a living off the web – no matter how you are doing this (software, writing, consulting), you are going to be competing with people who have lower costs of doing business, simply by virtue of being on land. And their internet connection is going to cost less. And they are not going to be seen as borderline crackpots who are likely to disappear some day leaving their clients screwed.

    Haha, true. We’ll have to make sure they never see it coming ;]

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