It is with regret that I have to announce the suspension of the Marinea Project. The reason is simply that I have been supporting the functioning of the project and I can no longer afford that luxury. We had firmly believed that by the end of year two we would have many new members joining and making the project viable, however this has not happened as yet.
We find ourselves in a catch 22 situation. to fund the project we need a lot of members, and to get members we need publicity, … and to get publicity we need members.
We had hoped that there would be enough support from the seasteading community to help with getting that much needed publicity. A simple request was sent out: share Marinea’s social media feeds. However, not only did we discover that there was no support in the community for this project, but even members close to the project didn’t help with this much needed initial publicity phase.
To date all but one new member joined Marinea from my personal contacts, and I don’t know where the one came from, it could have been my contact also. This is tragic as Marinea was always intended to be a group effort.
There were so many missed opportunities that would have helped get the word out and promote the project. ie shows, festivals, libertarian gatherings. However there was not enough support with that aspect. We even thought that it would be a good idea for one of our project members to go to the seasteading show in FP, and one went but came back part of their project!
We only just recently found someone who can help us somewhat with our exposure, but I don’t think that he can do it alone. And I can say without reservation that I and my wife have put all that we had into making this project a success, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
Therefore, the Marinea Project is being put on hold. I will leave the website up with a notice that the project is on hold until someone can show us how to open this choke point of financing. Maybe some wealthy individual or group may come along and help fund it directly, or some super salesman writes to me that he can help us with our fundraising, I don’t know.
I am returning every paid member his membership fee. There is not enough money in the project’s bank account to pay everyone so I will make up the difference from my own money. But that’s it. I can’t be the only one supporting this project.
So beginning September 15, 2017 there will be a notice on each page of the website that says that the Marinea Project is on hold. All social media accounts will remain open but there will not be any time spent on finding articles and such. Marinea e-mail contact will remain active for hope, however things that cost money will not. We are in a state of suspended animation. Most likely, it will die but I can’t help it. It is what it is.
However, I should have seen this roadblock much earlier on - but I didn’t, so I take full responsibility for the failure of this project.