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Old 01-13-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Man Made Island

Don't know if I ever posted a reference to this, but I was reminded when it resurfaced in one of my old emails recently.

Richie Sowa's man made island


...interesting that his plant life is flourishing so well

....but I don't think I would ever take it to sea
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:45 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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That's SO COOL! I want one!
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:01 PM   #4
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That's SO COOL! I want one!
he has a allfull big holding tank LOL
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:04 PM   #5
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Don't know if I ever posted a reference to this, but I was reminded when it resurfaced in one of my old emails recently.

Richie Sowa's man made island


...interesting that his plant life is flourishing so well

....but I don't think I would ever take it to sea

just what we need.. more plastic trash floating on the ocean!

The first swell over 1' and that is just a bunch of floating plastic debris.

I am surprised the Mexican's put up with that guy... I will venture a guess he doesn't use any type of MSD

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Old 01-13-2014, 10:46 PM   #6
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Yup - the island in the video was demolished by a cyclone. He is building another one, and looking for public donations to assist him.
The new island is registered as a boat in Mexico, so he needs anchor lights, life vests etc.

I don't think the hull is very efficient.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:42 AM   #7
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What kind of anchor will it have?
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:06 AM   #8
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I am more concerned that the Leaf Area to Futtock Top Ratio( LAFTR) might be a bit dodgy for true passagemaking. That is just a guess though, I would have to see a photo of the prop and rudder and at least the last 3 feet of the hull at the waterline to be sure.

The anchor question is a good one though and begs the more important question of what is the Root Area Depth Ratio (RADR) of the tree to which the rode is secured.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:22 AM   #9
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What is the theoretical slip angle of the plastic bottles?
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:13 AM   #10
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With reference to the RADR and the anchor rode, after thinking about it a bit, perhaps a more important factor is that the bight should be no worse than the bark.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:09 AM   #11
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Here's a pic of the new boat a few years ago. An Island Packet, I think. Nicely fit out with tender, radar, etc;



but wait... he's upgraded and has now converted her to a motorsailer. I'd say she's a true passagemaker now.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:00 PM   #12
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Shades of Waterworld, I'd say. I can just imagine the City Council meetings when such a thing approaches the harbor.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:25 AM   #13
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Saw this a few years ago when I was in Isla Mejures helping a friend bring his boat back to the US. Its located on a backwater area on Isla Mejures and is pretty protected.It was much larger than the one in the video.
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