OfficeBoat: the answer to the global economic/environmental crisis


There is an article in the New Yorker this week about dystopian theorists, among them James Howard Kunstler (a Duany favorite), and a guy here in Boston named Dmitry Orlov.  Suffice it to say, there are a lot of these dooms-dayers/-sayers coming out of the woodwork in these grim economic times.  But, there was one aspect of the Orlov story that seemed particularly relevant to the Utile story.  For those of you who don’t remember or weren’t here yet: the OfficeBoat.


Back in the day, when Utile consisted of 6-8 of us crammed into a 4-person cubicle in large-firm-to-remain-unnamed, the romance of the nearby water was a draw, and the spatial efficiency as would be required under nautical conditions didn’t feel so different from the existing conditions.  While the idea was more happy-hour fodder and less actionable, maybe now’s the time to revisit it.

Orlov claims that, given the dire state of affairs, “we don’t have long to wait before sail-based transportation is the only option”.  Why not start now?  There are some interesting off-the-shelf contemporary options from a Danish firm called Waterliving.  Me, I’d advocate for the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina for our docking spot (yes, it’s in East Boston).  Not only because we’d have the best view of downtown Boston from our computer stations, but because we could have lunch at Scup’s everyday, hipster Eastie’s new favorite spot.

And, Billy: now’s the time to move to owning, right?


One thought on “OfficeBoat: the answer to the global economic/environmental crisis

  1. I definitely believe it’s the time to buy things (stocks, real estate, loans, long black overcoats) on account of their depressed value(s). I always imagined the OfficeBoat as a move for boom times, when the (on land) real estate market was priced out. but who knows. I do love the idea of driving our office from Eastie to Rowes Wharf for lunch time meetings. (Then we’d really become the hot meeting spot.)This makes me think of ventures like the Freedom Ship ( Talk about cultural anthropology. This thing circles the world every two years, spending 70% of the time at major ports and 30% in transit, complete with schools, hospitals, airports and everything else in between. New geographic markets here we come, families and all…

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