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    So we are in middle of launching the first seastead. The name of the seastead will be XLII (pronounced "ixly").

    I am currently on a sailboat heading to the site. The spar is being towed by a fishing boat behind us.

    We will anchor and turn the spar vertical once we reach the site. Then test the valve and pumps.

    The platform is anchored in a protected bay. We will bring that out when the wind and waves are ideal.

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    • #3
      Cool, what's next?

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      • #4
        It was about time somebody would build the first seastead Well done Elwar! Are they free floating on that spar or fixed?

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        • #5
          Well done Elwar!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SphyrnaTek View Post
            Cool, what's next?
            We put the platform on top tomorrow.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tavi View Post
              It was about time somebody would build the first seastead Well done Elwar! Are they free floating on that spar or fixed?
              One platform will sit on that spar. The spar is anchored in place. Future spars will have dynamic mooring.

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              • #8
                well??

                you folks OK?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jojo69 View Post
                  well??

                  you folks OK?
                  We went out to put up the platform. The first day we arrived in the afternoon and began preparing things. Stayed over night and continued on in the morning. We had to test the pumps before moving forward. Got them working after taking some time to prime them and fill the pipes with water.
                  We have everything ready but the waves just got worse throughout the day. We had to call it off and head back to the bay.

                  The final step is very precise. We will open the valve on the spar letting water in until it is close to neutrallt bouyant. Then we will pull the spar underwater and pull it up through the center hole on the platform while pulling the struts through their holes. Once they're in place we turn on the pumps and raise the spar.

                  With the big waves the part about making it neutrally bouyany and pulling the platform on top becomes dangerous. The waves could smash the platform on top of the spar repeatedly turning it into swiss cheese or just tearing it apart.

                  We had perfect waves the first day but didn't have time. We need to wait for another window with good waves. Unfortunately the weather looks rough for about a week.

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                  • #10
                    Did you leave the platform anchored out there or are you towing it back and forth?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jojo69 View Post
                      Did you leave the platform anchored out there or are you towing it back and forth?
                      Towed it back to the bay. Costly but better to play things safe for this final step.

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                      • #12
                        what's the weather report?

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                        • #13
                          Weather Underground https://www.wunderground.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jojo69 View Post
                            what's the weather report?
                            It's looking like next weekend should have good wind and waves.

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                            • #15
                              Keep up the good work! Its fascinating, even from the sidelines.

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