Ya, he needs to take that bad boy actually out to sea. I bet it is the only island in the world that could come apart in a hurricane. Wow, I was
watching as I typed this, and both of those points were addressed, lol. Figures. Very hard to come up with even an original sentence these days.
I actually built a small one of these when I was younger, but it sank...Turns out that without the screw-caps on, the bottles aren't very buoyant.
Just brainstorming while sitting here typing this, I cannot help but think that there are methods for building the base of one of these floating
islands that are almost as cheap, but more structurally sound. But then again, it doesn't matter if a few of your bottles are compromised for
whatever reason, as they act like thousands of individual buoyancy devices. With fewer, but larger, scavenged floating mechanisms you run the risk of
compromising stability, or floatability, if just one fails.
So it may not look all that great underneath, but the bottles obviously work, and work rather well if they have survived two hurricanes AND Mexico is
trying to annex them. When is the last time any nation tried to annex your plastic bottle collection? Granted there is "land" on top of them though.
You could almost build one of these without spending much, if any, money at all. Just think how cool it would be to have thousands of these floating
around the world's oceans.
Using GPS, you float up to the nearest floating convenience store to buy a burrito and a chocolate milk, but not together because that's kind of
gross. Probably would never happen, but if someone had the area to scavenge in, the gumption, know how, and work ethic at their disposal, I don't see
why they too couldn't make something similar. I suppose what this guy has to worry about, besides pirates on the high seas, is his nets being
compromised, and his bottles floating away, leaving an entire side of his island sagging into the sea. Boat ramp anyone? I don't know how long those
nets can last underwater while still retaining their structural integrity, but if they are made for the water, they will probably last a good while.
Still though, maintenance doesn't seem like it would be that fun, AND you would have to know how to dive using scuba gear or something. He probably
didn't have to use scuba gear to build this island though, if he worked from strictly the bottom up.
This guy is pretty much a genius in my book, although some may think it doesn't take much brains to come up with and construct something of this
nature. That may be true, but for me the genius lies in the combined phases needed to pull this off, namely the vision, planning, construction, and
etc. phases. Kudos to this guy for sure though. Very cool. I actually remember seeing this episode of Ripley's years ago when the show was still
airing, and they were making new episodes. It was cool then, and is still just as cool now. But many times with things like this, strange and
ingenious things, there is someone out there who has already topped it, but it just hasn't been brought to the mainstream public's attention yet.
That's me hinting for someone to make a new thread.