A New Hope
I have had some time to think about seasteading and the hindrances we face to getting something in the water. I may have thought of a method were by this might happen. The following is this idea in a very raw state.
Marinea failed because we could not get people interested in joining something that has never existed. It was just too abstract. We were stopped by the lack of funding. Wil’s projects are hampered by the same problem. In fact, that has been the one thing that has so far defeated seasteading as a whole. The catch 22 is we need exposure or advertising to get peoples interest and we need peoples support to get started with the projects or we need one well off benefactor to take on this project. Once something tangible exists, people are more likely to support it. In plane language we need something solid and tangible for people to invest in and we need investors to create something tangible.
The barge was not tangible enough but it can easily be part of something bigger. The answer came to me while reading the Pitcairn thread. People already believe in islands and they know we can easily build something safe, so we may have been guilty of selling the bacon instead of the sizzle.
We know that we don’t need an island or land to make a actual floating city but the majority of people out there haven’t thought that far along so they think we are nutty. What if we all worked together to buy an island in the Sal Bank from the Bahamas and build a marina from that. I can show that as far as a mile out from the islands it is only 5 foot deep. We can build a break wall to protect the marina as high as we like. The island would give us a place to build floating craft for living in, right on site.
Step one we get a quote for one of the islands,
step two we sell foot print size lots to investors that understand that they own the lot so they can live in a boat in a protected marina with stores and restaurants available on boats and barges tied to the docks.
Step three, we make money from the lot rents and businesses and begin our community at sea. That of course is not the pilot project that we started with but it will be easier to sell.
We have talked about building on the ocean floor under the water and building on the water but what if we started on an island as part of the existing Bahama government. The total population of the Bahamas is about 329,988 from the world fact book July 2017. It would be probable that we could grow bigger than that so we could eventually out vote the native population. To prevent that from happening, the Bahama government would not have any problem considering the residents of the Sal Bank area as a self determining entity and under it own laws. If we ever get to the point were we have a major disagreement with the home government, we could just succeed.
Of course we don’t talk about succeeding or any problem with the government that doesn’t yet exist but for the libertarians among us, there is still some hope. What we need is a quote on an existing island in the Sal Bank with the stated intention of building a marina for boats to dock at when visiting the area. It’s just a business and every government wants new businesses. The island that we own will be a good place to put up a communications tower or tie off floating re-transmitting balloons. From an existing structure we can build the long awaited floating village. I didn’t realize it but we may have had the ability to spring board this all along. I think a real project like this can get funding. What does everyone here think?
One other thought, we already have an international business corporation set up and paid for. The Marinea Corporate framework is available if we want to use it. Plus the Marinea website is still paid for and has some following. If we wanted to do this that is.