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Based on the criteria in ConceptualDesignProposal2009, here are our specific design categories and ideas. This is very preliminary! Eelco is still researching the space of seastead designs.

Specific Design Proposals

TODO: Add short descriptions of each.

  • Ships - Likely modified to reduce wave motions due to our desire to prioritize comfort over mobility and operate in a slow-moving or anchored state. Could start with a cargo ship, cruise ship, or flotel.
  • Semi-submersible
  • Spar Platforms
    • Large - Oil platform
    • Small - FLIP, single column seastead
  • Multi-hull / Generalized catamaran - stability through large aggregate footprint of connected modules. Examples: minifloat, WaterWalker, flexible connections (detailled description coming soon).
  • Seastar Design small platform behave like a big one
  • Grid Seasteading do it like mother nature - buoancy is the structural support simultae mangrove and vegetation patches - Tissue seasteading - Tissue Breakwater.
  • Breakwater

(Note: linear breakdown is not possible; some concepts are best regarded as hybrids of some design principles. Working on a better classification system)

Which Designs To Explore In Detail

TSI believes we should next explore Multi-hulls & Ships. Breakwaters might be ideal in the future, but are lacking in incrementalism. Clubstead-type designs have been explored, but have been found not to scale down very well either.

Ships are the path of least resistance, and most likely to become reality in the near future. Multi-hulls look promising w.r.t. their ability to scale down. Combined with their shallow draft (in contrast with spars), they are deemed to be the most incremental option.