Sail your worries away on this solar-powered floating tiny home

June 29, 2018 by  
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For those wanting to sail away from the stresses of daily life, this solar-powered tiny house boat is the perfect off-grid escape. Built by Quebec-based boat builders Daigno , the floating home, which comes with a price tag of approximately $60,000, provides all the amenities needed for a comfortable life on the water. Daigno is well-known for its boat constructions, but the Le Koroc is a special model designed to be lightweight and efficient. Built with laminated white cedar beams and strong plywood, the floating home weighs just over 5,000 pounds. Related: The Tiny Sweet Pea is the first houseboat to be certified by Build Green Although a very compact tiny home at just 24 feet long and 8 feet wide, the interior of the cabin is equipped with all of the basics. A bistro table is located in the kitchen, and just off this space, the compact bathroom is complete with a stand-up shower. In the back of the boat, the a dinette table folds out into a bed frame, transforming this area into a cozy bedroom. Two benches on either side fold out to provide a mattress. Space-efficient storage is found throughout the tiny house. The front of the boat hosts the main living space, an open air deck built for passing the days by with a fishing pole in one hand and a cold beverage in the other. There is a dining table with seating for two, an area for barbecuing and a built-in fish tank for storing the day’s fresh catch. The metal roof is equipped with a 265-watt solar panel, which connects to batteries that power the boat’s lighting and refrigerator. Recessed LED lighting is installed throughout the tiny house to reduce its energy use. Daigno’s floating homes can be ordered with special composting toilets and other sustainable features. + Daigno Via Tiny House Talk Images via Daigno and video by Exploring Alternatives

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US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

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The U.S. Forest Service has offered Nestlé Waters North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino National Forest , allowing the company to continue to take millions of gallons of water from the site. Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would draw from the Strawberry Creek watershed “when there is water available consistent with the forest’s Land Management Plan” for its various bottled water brands, including Arrowhead. If California returns to severe drought conditions, the Forest Service could further limit natural resource access. The Forest Service says it will work with the Swiss company to study the watershed and determine future management plans. The watershed is currently rated as Class Three “Impaired Function,” the worst watershed functionality class. An “impaired” watershed exceeds “physical, hydrological or biological thresholds,” with major changes needed to restore the watershed to functioning status. Related: The growing wine industry is threatening California’s Napa Valley “[The decision ensures] the water withdrawal and conveyance infrastructure is under a current permit,” U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Joe Rechsteiner explained to the Associated Press. “And it provides for protection of forest resources.” In 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland, Calif. sued the Forest Service to block Nestlé from using the watershed, arguing the conglomerate was operating without a valid permit. A federal judge allowed continued water collection for bottling , while regulators considered a new permit. In its permit renewal application, the company cited 70 environmental studies to support its continued watershed usage. Arrowhead’s use of the Strawberry Creek watershed dates back to 1909, when the Arrowhead Springs Company was formed. Nestlé must accept the agreement within 60 days. In a statement to the AP, Nestlé noted they would “carefully review the specifics of the decision.” Via  Associated Press Images via John Heil (1, 2)

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