When in the water, Earth Ball sits on a 12x12 Styrofoam raft with a pontoon float on either side. Drowne built the pentagon-and-hexagon sphere for a few thousand dollars and has outfitted the craft with an electric Honda 9.9 outboard motor, a 12-volt wind power generator to run his laptop, phone, stove, small refrigerator and lights, and a compost toilet that he stirs with peat moss and a long metal rod.
Along his journey, Drowne has introduced the houseboat to people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. A few have begun work on their own Earth Balls. "I'm hoping to build myself a second one to use as a greenhouse so I can grow my own food, or to use as a guesthouse for when my grandkids come visit," says Drowne.
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