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    Sailing the Farm tribe january 2011

    Dear friends.

    New year and new possibilites! I bet 2011 will be a good year for our
    dream project. More and more people are joining to help pushing
    sailing the farm tribe forward so sofar it looks good.

    Last weeks we have been working hard on the boat project and farm. Its
    5 people here now from different countries from all the world. The
    farm has also got a few more permanent inhabitants – we found out that
    its time to get self sufficient on eggs so now we have chickens –
    hopefully there will be plenty of eggs in a few months time. The
    indoor garden is growing slowly and wonder of wonder we have now 2 red
    tomatoes! :-) That is really a slow growing plant!

    Of more serious farm work we are cleaning 2500 frames in Sodium
    hydroxide (NaOH) or better known as caustic soda which will be used
    for next years beekeeping project. We made a 2×1 meter box out of 1 mm
    aluminium for washing those frames, but suddenly found out that this
    stuff was extremely corrosive. That box lasted only 2 days! Thankfully
    there will be no NaOH on the boat! :-)

    Pictures from last weeks: chickens under the green lamp, cleaning
    beekeeping frames, a boatbuilding girl in front of the boat.

    Peace and love from
    Sailing-the-farm tribe.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
    Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
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    J.L. wrote:

    Do you have a web-page that does not require signing up for the news-letter, updates and archives, so folks can get a look at the project?



    Never be afraid to try something new…

    Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

    tnx. the closest blog which seems to keep updated these days is in chinese :-) rest is newsletters so if you want to keep track you need to sign up to our newsletter.

    peace and love


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    Sailing the Farm tribe december 2010.

    Dear friends.

    Its been a cold november and december (coldest since 1919 they say) It
    feels more like january with temperatures down to -25 C but work goes
    forward as usual. We are still working with the sails model and still
    not really happy with the construction so some time to go before we
    scale up in real size and start to make it. 5-6 people have been here
    last weeks. We managed also to melt some hundreds kg of beeswax out
    of old beeframes which hopefully will be candles in future. Then we
    also are working on the boat as normal.

    Im sitting alone in front of the fire and writing up the last
    Newsletter of 2010. Looking back, 53 people from all over the world
    have been helping moving “Sailing the Farm” project forward in
    2010. All more or less amateurs but they have all done a tremendous
    work both on farm and on the boat. This adds up to 836 working days
    or more than 6000 hours! Without this help this project will be
    impossible to finish.. Im very grateful for all who have been
    contributed, the laughter and jokes around the dinnertable and most of
    all the good memories.

    So when the fire slowly burns out and its time to go to bed, I wish
    you and your loved ones a peaceful christmas and a happy new year and
    hope to see you in 2011.

    Pictures from last weeks: The sailmaking model goes forward. Mr Cat
    and boatbuilding dog share the couch after a hard day. Boathouse in

    Peace and love from
    Sailing-the-farm tribe.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
    Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
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    Sailing the farm tribe – October 2010.

    Dear wannabe sea-gypsies.

    Late october 2010. Still no snow, which is kind of strange, but we are
    happy. It has been a quite a busy october with more than 10 people
    here almost all the time so it is a little crowded during dinner-time.
    But ofcourse very nice. We have spent most of the time painting up
    the barn and fixing the roof and we are now very close to finish up
    this step.

    But we are not always working, during weekend it has been apple
    picking so the cellar is stuffed with yummy apple/cinnamon jam.

    We will be back to serious boatbuilding when last part of the barn
    roof is fixed so stay tuned.

    If you want to join our cool sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.

    Pictures from last weeks: Pretty crowded around breakfast table,indoor
    fishing, the cat found a soft couch, happy workers on the roof.

    Peace and love from
    Sailing-the-farm tribe.

    Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
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    Sailing the farm tribe – Week 34 2010.

    Dear Friends.

    Late august 2010. 6-7 people from europe and south america has been
    here last weeks and we suddenly start to feel that summer is soon
    over. It has been raining almost every day last week but thankfully
    the boatbuilding shed is waterproof.

    We are now working on painting the barn and fixing the roof. Not easy
    when its 15 meter to the top, but with an expert english scaffold girl
    this part goes forward fast. Our small garden is soon ready for
    harvest and we have some blue and rasperry raids into the forest so we
    will hopefully not run out of jam for the next month or so.

    Last week the girls found out that a real boat should have a real
    galleon figure and since one of them are an metal artist she think it
    would be nice to cast it in aluminium. One of the other girls act as a
    model. Sofar it looks nice in plaster, and we look forward to see how
    real it will be in aluminium. That blue plaster stuff is amazing.

    Thanks to everyone who sent us tips for eco villages. Hopefully some
    will be interested in our journey and maybe even want to participate
    in our sea gypsy project.

    We have some space for late september and onwards if you are
    interested in joining this cool sea-gypsy project. Just drop us a line.

    Peace and love from

    Pictures from last week: James and Jane Bond with license to screw,
    Miss plasterface (Our female galleon model) and our metal artist
    posing outside the boat.

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    hi friends
    here is a short update from sailing the farm collective in middle of june.

    The summer is here now at last and bees are busy collecting delicious honey.
    Plan with bees is to expand hives so we are spending some time doing queen
    breeding. its a little more tricky than it seems at first glance, but cool to

    Then we have planted herbs in the garden and hopefully we will get a lot of
    healthy vegetables by end of summer.

    And then the most important news!! Boatbuilding goes happily forward. We are
    working hard welding in frames into the hull. and after a lot of fiddeling we
    are now down to bending one frame in 3 hours!! thats pretty fast when we spend
    more than a day with the first one. Next step is deck and then interior and
    sail-sewing. (mostly whole august on this step)

    Then, we wish you all a happy summer. If you are interested in joining we have
    space for august and onwards,

    fair winds and happy summer.

    sailing-the-farm collective!

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    Altaica wrote:
    zeyang wrote:

    Interested in sailing on high seas, living in a sailing coop like a seafaring gypsy? Yes!

    Were do I sign up?

    Norway? oh 😀



    Basically, sailing the farm collective can give your seasteading projected some help in future.

    People who fall in love with the sailing the farm collective will probably also have an interest in seasteading. After some months or years of sailing they are also more skilled and used to live on the sea, and besides. we manage easily to find enough females to fill our goal of 50/50 genderbalance.

    It seems seasteading project need more females involved.


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    Jeff wrote:

    It’s always exciting to see new construction and to hear about new efforts t get on the water, so I congratulate your efforts. It’s hard to tell from a single picture, but zeyang’s ship looks a bit beamy. The structural keel looks like it would give good stability when in motion, but how will it handle when not under way?

    Remember that under some operating models a seastead might be mostly stationary, so the design requirements can be a bit different from a ship built for transit. For example decoupling from waves when not moving would be an advantage, and a deep keel tends to work against that at least for waves whose primary direction is from the side.

    Maybe we should ask: what is the purpose of the ship, where will she sail, etc.?

    Is the material all Aluminum plate? What alloy and thicknesses?

    Yes. its 5083 alloy. thickness is 8 mm.

    the construction is from a famous designer (colin archer) and this construction has logged years and years of service in the rescue service and saved life in many hundred fishermen along the coast of norway. There should be no doubt about the seaworthiness of this design.

    The plan is: first build one to see if this sailing/seafaring collective is popular. if it is, hopefully more boats of similar construction will be built. Sofar maybe 20-30 people have been involved during building for shorter or longer time. and many more seems very intersted in coming and help run this project this forward. Project is lowcost, fairly simple and seems to attract both male and females. (sofar almost 50/50) boat or boats will then roam the 7 seas forever.

    if you want to see more technical stuff


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