Water Camping on the Cheap

August 3, 2009

I have returned from my whirlwind 9-day, 7-state road trip, during which time I met more excited potential Ephemerislers than I can count. Many of them may well be reading this blog right now, so hello new friends. I hope to see you on the Sacramento River Delta come October!

In addition to driving more than 3000 miles through 117 degree heat in a 1957 Chrysler without air-conditioning in an attempt to find new friends for you to meet on the water, I’ve been doing some research for all of you. This is in response to what is the second-most common question people ask me after I describe Ephemerisle to them, right after “how do I build my own boat?” The question in question is “how do I camp on the water if I don’t have/won’t build/can’t rent a boat?”

The answer is: inflatables!

This boat fits four for boating, but could easily sleep two:


This is a similar boat size-wise, but a bit sturdier:

Better Four-Seater

How about spending a night on this baby? This one is an Ephemerisle of your very own. It is designed for up to eight people, but for sleeping would be ideal for perhaps only four:

Your Own Private Island

Here is a link to a company that makes nothing but inflatable campsites. Of course, they call them rafts, but we seasteaders know better than to close our minds to the true potential of any water-based structure:

Purveyor of Water-Based Campsites

This is just the tip of the iceberg, people. There are myriad options available in sporting goods stores, online, and probably on your local Craig’s List. Please feel free to chime in with comments if you find anything especially suitable, and affordable, for camping on the water.


Boat Building 101

July 22, 2009

Since taking on the task of creating Ephemerisle I must have explained the nature of the event to at least 200 individuals, and nearly everyone has had the same response: “I would love to attend, but not only do I not know how to build a boat, even if I did, I could not afford to do so.” Well, they probably don’t use such formal grammar in responding, but that’s the gist of it nearly every time.

This became a great concern to me, almost as important as such things as creating a floating platform, seeking Coast Guard approval, or insuring the event. After much thought, and calling in favors here and there in the local community, I think I’ve come up with a solution: free boat building classes.

If you can make it to NIMBY in East Oakland, TSI is hosting free boat-building workshops in August and September. Boat-builder extraordinaire and prudent mariner Chicken John will be on-site, so bring your plan for a ship, as well as any materials and parts you may have, but most of all bring a can-do attitude. After all, anyone can build a boat, and whether you want to create a duct tape and cardboard canoe, or recreate Neuschwanstein Castle on a floating platform, if you can dream it we’ll teach you how to build it. One caveat: while Chicken and I will be there to guide you, we aren’t going to hold your hand. Come prepared to get your hands dirty.

The dates are tentatively set to be August 8th and 15th, and September 5th, 12th, and 19th. I will provide confirmed dates in a future post. Meanwhile, in my next post I’ll tell you how tomorrow’s visit to the Delta goes, for Patri, Chicken, and I are heading out there to scout and finalize Ephemerisle’s precise location.

Meet Greg

July 20, 2009

This is my first blog here on the Ephemerisle site, and I’m using it to introduce myself to the community. My name is Greg Gioia, and I am the event planner  who has been entrusted with the responsibility of creating the first ever Ephemerisle.

This is no small task. As such, I’m working hands on with the Seasteading team to create what we are all confident will be a great mixture of politics, community, and art– all of which will take place in the Sacramento River Delta, October 2-4.

Watch this site. I’ll try to update daily, or as events warrant. In addition to keeping you up-to-date with how Ephemerisle is shaping up, I will be sharing information with you that ought to be of interest to potential Ephemerisle attendees and seasteading enthusiasts alike.

In my next post I’ll tell you when and where you can go for some free expert boat-building classes, as well as where you can store your Ephemerisle structure until October rolls around.