Having just spent a few days on an island known for its warm, beachy summer vacations, and cold, damp shoulder seasons (fall and spring), it became apparent to me that people who live on islands are both adaptive and resourceful.
The insular world of living on an island constantly changes and unfolds as water, weather and whim dictate living conditions. While much of the local economy of an island may depend upon the glut of summer people, year-rounder’s know that they need to be practical and imaginative to survive the off-season.
Lighting and wind may change from season to season, but one thing remains constant – boats are a lifeline for those who choose to live on islands. When a boat’s usefulness ends, why not give it a new life?
3 Repurposed Abandoned Boats
Chicago’s Lincoln Park launches the Floating Garden from spring to mid-fall. This floating tropical oasis was planted in a retired 17-foot lifeguard boat and is secured by three concrete block anchors.
These abandoned fishing boats are enjoying a second life as storage sheds on Holy Island in the UK.
Got a canoe or kayak that is no longer seaworthy? Plant a garden!