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    The Supreme Court ruled on this case that the guys houseboat was not a vessel:

    http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-says-floating-home-not-vessel-154307160–finance.html

    In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that a gray, two-story home that its owner said was permanently moored to a Riviera Beach, Florida, marina was not a vessel, depriving the city of power under U.S. maritime law to seize and destroy it.

    #20777
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    Depends where in the ocean you are. U.S. states claim different territorial waters. California claims 3 nautical miles (nm). Federal is 12 nm. So between 3 and 12 nm, federal law applies, but not state law.

    Not having a flag is treated the same as being a pirate. Pirates are likely to be arrested by any nation, etc.

    #20776
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    I would do both: have every adult armed and trained, and also have community defense sensors and resources and some personnel dedicated especially to monitoring external security.

    This happens to be the Swiss model in essence: every adult male within an age range is armed and in the militia, but there is also a professional officer corps that does training and provides structure and guidance in the event of invasion.

    #20720
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    Correction, it’s a steel hull with aluminum and composite superstructure. Looks like a slightly faired barge.

    #19824
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    Here’s a link to the architects, waterstudio.nl:

    http://waterstudio.nl/floating%20dutchman

    The idea was so simple it seemed almost unreal. He wrote it down, and the following morning he was still convinced that it was the answer to the problems in question. The essence of the idea had to do with the way you can lift several books off a bookshelf at the same time: by applying pressure. If you press the sides hard with both hands, the books are squeezed together and the middle ones do not fall down. This is the basic principle for assembling new, extremely large buoyant foundations. Polystyrene and concrete are laid out on the quay like a sandwich and pulled together using draw rails. The platform can then be directly lowered into the water. However, once the platform has been in the water for a long time, the pressure reduces, causing the concrete to fall into the water and the polystyrene foam to float upwards. The trick is to add a layer of concrete to the top of the platform on time. This covering layer forms a single unit with the prefab elements that will now float forever.

    #19781
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    The supreme court could rule either way, however the most common thing they do is to decide to not hear a case (called “cert denied”), in which case, the lower court ruling remains in effect in that federal court district.

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