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March 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm #25955
Instead of using steel pipes, why not create floating concrete structures that you float to where you need them. Create a removable plug that will allow the concrete structure to sink.
Once you have the structure where you want it, fill it up with concrete. Float in another structure and repeat until you create walls. It is like building a brick wall.
Once you have formed a complete square you pump out the seawater and begin pouring concrete in sections. You also have the opportunity to create storage or transportation sections in the square. Not to mention water, gas, electric, communication infrastructure under ground.
You build up until you are twenty or so feet above water. Build a community on top of the structure. Perhaps green houses or actual farms if built up artificial hills as protective barriers are possible. You could also use a jig saw type pattern to create better holds when you pour the concrete. This could also help to protect against possible earthquakes on the sea floor.
If you create a large U shape artificial concrete island you could place floating homes or shops in the center of the U using the concrete as a break wall for the floating structures.September 9, 2011 at 2:17 am #15365
Has anyone looked at Earthships for inspiration. They are homes designed to sustain its inhabitants providing them with power, water, food, and protection from the elements. I am not saying we should build an earthship on the seastead but they do have a lot of good ideas that could be used with a seastead project.They use solar and wind power, collects rain water for use, have living spaces with built in greenhouses, they resuse grey water, and is built from concrete and recycled products.September 9, 2011 at 2:00 am #15362
When Polyneasians traveled across the oceans they carried pigs and chicken with them. You can raise fresh water catfish in a barrel.September 9, 2011 at 12:53 am #15355thebastidge wrote:
Heirloom seeds are important because you need them to be able to save the seeds from some of your plants to plant the next harvest. The usual seeds you can pick up anywhere are not intended for the grower to get seeds from their crops. Using heirloom seeds save you money help you prepare for future harvests.September 9, 2011 at 12:39 am #15353
You could use the new T5 florecent lights they produce very little heat so you could safely grow where ever there is space such as a seasteader’s room, a hallway, or even right in the kitchen. Another benifit is since it does not generate heat it will not burn the plant if they touch the light so you could stack the grow operation as long as you can build a system that does not spill onto the lights. Such as a contained pvc tube full of clay medium.September 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm #15350
Here is a good site for wind turbinesSeptember 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm #15348
A bicycle powered generator could help generater personal power for lights and tv but not to power the whole seastead. It would be used to help take some pressure off the solar cells and wind/water turbines.
Bicycles could also be used to do laundry with to help keep even more electrical power from being used.
TV’s on the seastead could also be powered with a bicycle generator
Bicycle powered tools are also a possibilitySeptember 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm #15345
In the tropics you have more storms and unstable governements to deal with. I would build off the coast of Northern California and as far from Mexico as I could to avoid being anexed as a tourist stop or plundered by a rogue Mexican naval unit. I would be afraid of Florida or the Carolinas due to storms and being too close to Cuban waters.September 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm #15344
I would set up an account for the Seastead at a Swiss bank along with members of community having accounts there too. On board the seastead everyone could use debit cards for purchasing goods on board and they would have no problems purchasing goods off the seastead. It would cut down on storage space and weight not to have all that gold onboard the settlement. Having the gold there creats a whole bunch of problems like theft, arguements about current gold prices, and not to mention people trying to attack a seastead because they heard the community members have gold.
Durring the dark ages the vikings prefered to use silver rather than gold. The vikings were very practicle they knew a lump of gold could buy you land or a cow but what if they needed to buy just one loaf of bread. Do they hand over the lump of gold and expect the baker to provide him with change. There were stopping points along the European coast who exhanged viking stolen goods for silver so the viking could handle their weekly expences better more efficiently. If you are on the Seastead and want to buy a soda and a magazine do you expect the store clerk to there and figure out how much of the gold he has to give you back in exchange? There is computer software that can allow you to keep track of funds already in use why switch to hard currency. If you need to have money in hand I am sure there are companies out there that will make tokens like they used in arcades.
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