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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Bob, Checked out your site and your little house design and thought you might be interested in the little house I am building on one of my favorite spots in the rainforest overlooking a waterfall on a farm I own in Costa Rica. About halfway completed and quite the challenge as you can imagine.

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Very cool - be sure to show us pics of your version.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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That house is amazing. Too many ladders for my old knees though. Is that your design?
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Bob, I only dream of being that talented. That was a project for a contest on designing houses with really small footprints ie; a dream. Now that I have built it I understand why.
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Well, the designer got the footprint small. I'll say that for him.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Sorry about stealing the tread but it seems to have been looted many times prior to this. And since I am now the proud owner of a steel vessel can we all just start posting about how wonderful they are? Please no more BS or BB info,LOL.
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But first, can you please tell me where the "front door" is in that house. I can't find it.

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

In the bottom left of the pic. Kinda like a flying saucer with a fold up latter. Mine is a bit more forgiving.


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OK, I didn't notice that.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Bob, Checked out your site and your little house design and thought you might be interested in the little house I am building on one of my favorite spots in the rainforest overlooking a waterfall on a farm I own in Costa Rica. About halfway completed and quite the challenge as you can imagine.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/Spec...House/10913389
This is one of the coolest examples of sustainable architecture I've seen in a long time. Systemically, it's actually very much like a sailboat. Brent should actually appreciate something like this from his environmentalist bent.

I was a bit skeptical of the foundation system at first - but then saw that it was inspired by wind-turbine foundations. Very cool.

How did you execute the foundation on the one you're building shank? And what have been the biggest hurdles in building it?

One of the huge red-flags to me is the vertical order of the bio-digester and rainwater tank. That's a bad day waiting to happen.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

We didn't even go there. Water was in abundance next to the waterfall and we went with a typical septic system with tank and drainfield. The septic systems in Costa Rica work quite well due to all the critters that break down the waste. The real challenge was due to the fact we have like 600 earthquakes per year and dealing with the reaction issues. The central column handles all the weight of reaction and the wind shear. It might be possible to cantilever in two directions but that would be quite the balancing act. Instead we used a combination of cantilevers plus threaded rods extending down from the top of the central column along all for corners. The design was nice and all but taking it to reality was pretty special. What made this deal practical was the fact is was far more labor intensive and consumed much less materials than a typical home. Labor in Costa Rica being like a tenth of what it would be in North Florida where I was a contractor. All of the lumber was teak taken from a large teak farm I own nearby. Labor in the states along with all the associated costs would have doomed this project from the jump.
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