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NotEphemerisle Proposed City Plan
I put together a proposal for the NotEphemerisle city plan.  Urban planning is a lot of fun, especially when you can reconfigure your city in a matter of hours.

My thinking:

I'm trying to optimize for several things:
- Easy transport between houseboats (either from boat to boat, or via central platform and other projects) so houseboats must align at gates.
- City design that allows 47ft and 56ft houseboats to mix.
- Creation of a sheltered central area for community platforms and art projects.  (Last year, the koosh felt lost amid a long line of houseboats)
- Clear focus on community space
- Easy speedboat/patioboat/small craft docking at community platform, complete with an exciting promenade entryway experience in order to wow new arrivals on Saturday.
- Sheltered swim area for kids.
- Incremental assembly process that is robust to arrival of boats at various times.  
- Easy accomodation of an unknown final number of houseboats.
- From the outside (from most directions) it looks like a regular houseboat party... this helps us keep a lower profile.
- Not boring like 2010's design!
Some notes:
- The central platform and Terry's bar are on loose bits of rope, allowing them to be pulled toward either adjacent houseboats or the central platform.  This allows both these floating platforms to function as rope barges, allowing passengers to take a shortcut from houseboats at the end
- The sex platform is essentially also a rope barge.  Its position will have to be moved based on prevailing currents... users drift out on it, and then pull back when they're done.
- The reed art may move further out if there's too little wave action in the shared area.
I am not the leader of this event (there is no leader!) so you could ignore this design and attach wherever.  But it's in all our collective best interest to have a city design we like (whether it's this one or a different one).

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Anchoring procedures with wind direction should probably be given some thought.

Good point, though is wind or current a bigger concern?

my gut is current, the whole village will have a pretty wide profile (read: sail), but I'm far from an expert w/these things.

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Very mild weather, light winds. It's fairly consistent.

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Welcome to California ;-)

They have earthquakes to make it interesting.

Wish I could make it this year!

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