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‘Nomade des Mers’, the future is low-tech!

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On arrival in Cape Town, Nomade des Mers was suffering from three split bulkheads, a rickety hen-house, and a part smashed up forward. We spent a week doing odd jobs, eating... We then had a boat and the morale ready to brave the storms. Yvon Fauconnier joined us aboard to guide us to Madagascar. And the big new event: the hen-house has become telescopic. In case of bad weather, we can close it up. The hens even have a brand new ‘sandbath’ (a hen cleans itself in the sand). They were lucky enough to see some sea lions jumping just a few meters from them. Despite their ‘I-don’t-care-nothing-amazes-me-since-I-saw-the-whales’ attitude, I think that this encounter marked them. To be effective on this quick stopover in South Africa, Elina, Louis-Marie and Hugo left via the land to discover the local ‘low-tech-ers’, while with Yvon and Clément, we sailed towards Durban. While awaiting the warmth of the tropics, we optimized the low-tech devices on board: the latest version of the wind generator we designed in Dakar is working well. The new hydroponic systems are almost ready to ...

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