August 25, 2009

More seasteading efforts: Rhode Island

> Dan Gladstone, 19, and Zachary Weindel, 26, have built a raft, and a dream — they hope to have a self-sufficient boat, a community and a way of life.

> It’s called seasteading. Think homesteading. Now imagine it on the ocean.

> “It’s freedom,” Gladstone says.

> It’s bold, idealistic and, perhaps, quixotic. It’s living off the land while living on the sea. It is, Gladstone and Weindel say, a life without leases and rents, mortgages and taxes, electric bills and grocery-store visits.

> “We like to think of it as an open biodome system,” Weindel says. “It’s like a micro-continent.”

> “You’re not sustainable if you can’t grow your own food,” Gladstone says.

> What you see and what they envision are far apart. The Providence men, both artists, activists and self-described amateur engineers, have big plans for their boat. This includes a garden and a small pasture for small livestock.

Lots of other entertaining stuff in the article: [Two artists set a course for sustainability — on the ocean]( Not sure if they know about TSI, but these are our kind of people!