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
Friday, June 20, 2014
A few days aboard now, and I'm loving it. Fresh food from local farmstands...here are some scapes (garlic flowers). If you've never had em, correct that, they're wonderful sauteed or just tossed in olive oil and roasted on a grill. The taste is somewhere between a mild onion, garlic, and shallot. Wonderful.
We also scored some great local fingerling potatoes
the hearth isn't happening yet so we've been cooking on this little butane catering burner, which are cool little things to have.
Sadly, today we staged down the paddlewheel. Hopefully the metals guys will help us get it back up and running promptly, but the massive torque of the winch motor kept shearing pins. In its place, at the moment, we're using a 55 pound thrust trolling motor in the rear and a 30 pounder in the bow as a steering thruster. Will give you a full report wednesday when we get a chance to really put it through it's paces.
We also inflated our cool intex excursion four as a dinghy. It'll row or take our bow thruster as an electric outboard.
here's a short tour of the boat in it's current state. We're still installing things, activating systems, and making stuff pretty.