From a wonderful site called Fair Companies. http://faircompanies.com/videos/
Eddie Ebel wanted his family to be self-sufficient so he began designing a home and teaching his kids to build it. His eldest boys are just 14 and 15 years old, but they learned how to do it all: cut wood, put up walls, lay floor, install electrical, explains Eddie, “because those are life skills that are important to have and are just not being passed from generation to generation anymore”.
The family doesn’t just want to get off the grid, but as 21st century missionaries, they want to help others become self reliant and build their own stuff as well. They knew they wanted to work with communities from Oregon to Alaska so they decided to build a barge. It’s both home for the Ebel family of 12 (6 kids are adopted) and a floating workshop complete with a mill so they can help communities fix things, and learn to fix things.
Their barge is also the beginning of a future liveaboard-community (they’re calling it the “Pacific Iceberg”). Eddie invented a building technique using floats so that their boat is actually a “floating dock” and the project can grow.
Pacific Iceberg: pacificiceberg.org
Phase 3: Build the living quarters which will be 50 feet wide and 150 feet long, or 7,500 feet of living space, rooms, and work areas. There will be 2 floors for a total of 15,000 square feet and also a 7,500 square foot flat roof for events and storage and projects. There will be both I-beams, and Regular treated marine grade lumber for the outer walls. During this portion we will add a 4 corners anchor system, propulsion, electricity, plumbing, green houses, farm area for chickens and goats, and all the other items we need for future missions work. This portion will be an ongoing project for many years to come.
Thanks to ShantyboatLiving.com reporter Dan Hohman.
Originally posted 2013-10-24 06:57:20.