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Seafloatech mooring system designed to protect the seafloor

Seafloatech mooring system des...
There's currently no word on when the Seafloatech system may enter production
There's currently no word on when the Seafloatech system may enter production
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A proposed Seafloatech platform that incorporates multiple shelters
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A proposed Seafloatech platform that incorporates multiple shelters
Multi-use Seafloatech platforms could incorporate stores, restaurants or marine service stations
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Multi-use Seafloatech platforms could incorporate stores, restaurants or marine service stations
The Seafloatech Pod anchoring system
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The Seafloatech Pod anchoring system
This Seafloatech platform includes a house and a penned-in swimming area
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This Seafloatech platform includes a house and a penned-in swimming area
A Seafloatech helipad unit
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A Seafloatech helipad unit
There's currently no word on when the Seafloatech system may enter production
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There's currently no word on when the Seafloatech system may enter production
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When numerous boats crowd into one cove for the night, each one drops an anchor that could potentially damage coral or other seabed marine life. That's why the Seafloatech system was created, as it lets several boats share one "anchor."

Designed by a French company of the same name, Seafloatech incorporates offshore floating mooring platforms, which multiple boats tie up to just as they would with a shore-based dock. Each platform is held in place by a single Pod, which works a little differently than a traditional chain-and-anchor setup.

The submerged base of the Pod is a large X-shaped steel structure, that sits flat on its back immediately adjacent to the seabed – it doesn't sit right against the sand, as it's held slightly above by a series of pilings. Connecting that base to the platform is a vertical piston-like structure, the two ends of which pivot 360 degrees relative to the top of the base and the underside of the platform.

As waves and the tide move the platform up and down, back and forth, the shaft of the piston moves in and out of the main body accordingly. This keeps the platform in more or less the same place, while also keeping it from getting pulled underwater. Additionally, unlike an anchor chain, the "piston" eases the platform to a stop instead of jarringly halting it.

The Seafloatech Pod anchoring system
The Seafloatech Pod anchoring system

Plans call for various types of platforms to be manufactured. These include straight-up docking units that accommodate anywhere from three to 16 motorboats or yachts; scuba diving units with changing rooms; helipad units; or multi-use units which stores, restaurants or marine service stations could be built upon.

The system is illustrated in the following animation.

Source: Seafloatech

SEAFLOATECH POD

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4 comments
Wolf0579
Yachters will not use it. They will want privacy afforded by distance.
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Having moored many times in crowded coves, I think this is a great concept.
BlueOak
Or municipalities could simply do what many harbors already do - especially when boats don’t wish to be kissing cousins... use many permanent mooring buoy points. Buoys permanently anchored. So the visiting boats tether to those buoys rather than dropping their own anchors.
Nelson Hyde Chick
This will work for expanding and not losing land for cities overtaken by rising oceans as climate change shrinks coastlines.