The blog of the design, construction, and launching of the vessel "Floating Empire", an electrically driven boat utilizing recycled and repurposed materials and a mix of modern and 18th and 19th century technologies to reduce carbon footprint. The vessel is a tiny house barrel barge, simply built of castoff materials and easily available parts, providing an easy living space for an individual or couple
Saturday, June 21, 2014
At Home on the Water
Not yet, mind you, but we're getting there.....at home I mean.
The whole downsizing thing has been an interesting experience. Here's the studio in stagedown mode. We had to do a fairly major amount of triage to figure out what went on the boat and what didn't.
Its little things you don't think of. We had seeds and grains and pasta in these neat glass containers.
Once on the boat we realized just how much freaking room they took up and how heavy they were.
So into plastic bags they go, and the glass into storage or recycling. Its amazing how brutal we're having to be in this downsize
But the boat is a gem, far more stable than I'd anticipated, utterly rainproof, and a wonderfully livable space.
Removing the paddlewheel...albeit temporarily....has had the bonus of creating an additional stern porch. Here is Lady Morgainne and Kallisti, the evil cat, cavorting on the stern next to the new electric drive.
And me sitting in our new intex dinghy. We went for a bit of a drive today using one of the minn kota electrics that we're using for steering. Utterly civilized way to travel. Sedate and silent.
Um, but the cat is still a bit freaked out. She got out on the stern last night and couldn't figure out how to get back in.........which means I had to get up and drag her in. Ah well, she'll get it......