Archive for July, 2009

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.