I would like to write something constructive, may be I will succeed.
My idea would be to build large mono-hull boats with lots of foam in it.
I guess synthetic foam. That way , even if the boat gets full of water, it still floats.
The construction of the boat and boats would be kind of like the jenga boat, so it
could be built bigger and bigger on the water. A small starter boat could be built
on land, in a backyard. Probably a 30’ size mono-hull sailboat kind of thing can be
transported from backyard to boat ramp. I have a backyard. Boat ramp is 60 miles
from the backyard.
Next thing needed is a van and a trailer. But even with that combination the boat
has to be moored somewhere. The bigger the boat, the more it costs to dock it or moor it.
On water, the boat could be built bigger and bigger , I would guess, to size 100’LOA.
My backyard is not big enough for that, nor the trailer. ( I do not have a trailer yet.)
Probably there is a size limit for the boat ramp too.
Docking and mooring regulation severely limit construction activities on a boat.
If there would be a way to moor out side of state waters, may be in federal waters,
that would make it interesting. So the boat would be mostly foam, and not sink.
If the line does not break, the boat could be put there to stay. Or further out.
So, here I am building to something I do not have, and to get there gradually.
If there would be a kelp field in open ocean deep water, the way that kelp would
grow from under water buoys that are positioned about 50’ deep.
The buoy would be anchored to the sea bed with a line, and the buoy would stay
50’ under the water , and kelp would grow from the buoy to the surface.
And, may be other things could be attached to that same buoy. There could be many buoys.
It is just question of the buoys and lines and anchors.
And who would build such a thing, and why?
Commercial use of kelp is there. Probably the simplest commercial use of kelp is animal feed.
The state of California allows kelp harvest and issues licenses. I think, Oregon state does that too.
A small commercial activity could be started with simple boats to harvest kelp to sell it as
The harvest would be in state waters at first. Securing availability of kelp could use some
ocean ranching and taking care of the ocean pastures. Building a kelp field then could be
desirable. It would be especially desirable outside of state waters, so state regulations would
not influence the availability of kelp for harvest.
So, now a small commercial operation would build open ocean kelp filed as outside of
regulations as possible. Some of these buoy could be anchored with very strong line and
with very strong anchors. These buoys could hold a barge, or a boat.
If there is nobody on a barge or a boat, that is anchored like that, authorities would handle
situations probably differently, compared to owners being present on the vessel.
As far as the kelp harvest goes: it is commercially preferable to process kelp to ground up,
and dried form before bringing it to port. Floating facilities are necessary for that.
And there is more, but I am getting sleepy. I will probably write more about it in public, but
if there is much opposition; then I will keep it private.