WHAT ARE THE HYDRAULIC PILINGS USED FOR?
The automated hydraulic system ensures that the vessel is anchored and leveled in waters as deep as 20 feet (6 meters) and also enable lifting the vessel entirely out of the water for comfort and safety.
WHAT ABOUT MOTION SICKNESS ONBOARD?
The stability provided by the hydraulic anchoring system is designed to avoid the movement that can cause motion sickness: This makes the Arkup overwater villas as comfortable as a house on the land.
CAN I GO FROM MIAMI TO KEY WEST, TAMPA, OR EVEN NEW YORK?
Yes you can, depending on weather, which determines the daily range capacity (up to 8 hours / 20 NM).
ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO OPERATE THE FULLY-ELECTRIC POWERED VESSEL?
It requires the same boating experience as any other similar-sized recreational vessel. Thorough training and an extensive manual are provided to all customers. The owner can also hire our certified captains.
HOW MANY GUESTS AND CREW CAN STAY ON THE BOAT WHEN CRUISING OR AT ANCHOR?
The Arkup livable yacht can accommodate six to eight people comfortably overnight. The livable yacht can operate as a recreational vessel with a limit of55 passengers (life vests required) or as charter vessels carrying as many as 12 passengers, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s safety standards and regulations.
CAN I USE AN ARKUP LIVABLE YACHT AS A MOBILE BEACH HOUSE IN THE BAHAMAS OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Yes, owners of foreign-registered boats (including the U.S.) may keep their vessels in the Bahamas (for instance) for one year without paying duty and may extend the one-year stay for two years by paying a fee of $500. The initial entry fee is $300 to clear Bahamas Customs and Immigration and to obtain a cruising permit. After two years, the vessel would have to depart the Bahamas for one month before applying for a new cruising permit.
HOW TO RECEIVE MAILS, PARCELS OR DELIVERIES?
Marinas can provide concierge services or a mailbox or rent a slot at a local Post Office.
DOES THE VESSEL NEED A CAPTAIN TO OPERATE?
With adequate boating experience, operating an Arkup Livable Yacht is relatively easy with the training provided by Arkup.
A license and safety certification may be required locally.
WHAT KIND OF LICENSE AND INSURANCE ARE NEEDED?
Arkup livable yachts are registered and insured as pleasure boats. To operate them, most U.S. states require a driver’s license and boating safety certification for recreational use. For other countries, Arkup can assist you.
CAN WATER SLIDES AND OTHER TOYS BE ADDED?
Arkup livable yachts provide plenty of storage space for toys and recreational items. Make the ocean your playground!
HOW IS DISPOSAL OF SEWAGE AND WASTEWATER MANAGED ONBOARD ARKUP LIVABLE YACHTS?
Vessel operators are required to retain their sewage discharges on-board for disposal at sea (beyond three miles from shore) or onshore at a pump-out facility. Black and gray waters are stored in a 3,700-gallon (14-cubic-meter) holding tank before being pumped out at either a marina or by a vessel designed to pump out waste. There are other options, such as using an approved U.S. Coast Guard Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) and then discharging within 3 miles offshore according to Clean Water Act regulations.
HOW LONG CAN THE LIVABLE YACHT REMAIN OFF-THE-GRID (WITHOUT POWER AND WATER)?
Arkup livable yachts can remain off-the-grid all year long depending on the weather (sun exposure/rainfall) in tropical regions. Without any sun to charge the batteries, a full charge can provide electricity for all household needs for two to three days (without navigation).
The 4,000-gallon fresh-water tank ensures two weeks of self-sufficiency for six people without harvesting any rainwater. If needed, the vessel can connect to shore power to refill the freshwater tank (or add an optional water-maker).
IF I CHOOSE TO LIVE OFF-THE-GRID ON AN ARKUP LIVABLE YACHT, HOW DO I GET TO SHORE?
There are many easy options. You can use a tender boat to get to shore via authorized public or private docks, or by renting a slip in a marina where you can dock while you’re on land. There are also many types of amphibious vehicles now available, making it possible to access land through a public boat ramp. Local companies offer water taxi services. Arkup also partners with ILandMiami (www.ilandmiami.com) to provide access by seaplane or helicopter.
WHAT IS THE APPROXIMATE OPERATING COST OF AN ARKUP LIVABLE YACHT?
The cost is much less than a yacht of equivalent size (the annual operating costs of a yacht are typically 10 percent of its value). Compared with a traditional house, the maintenance is roughly equivalent — there is no garden or swimming pool to maintain, but the livable yacht must be cleaned regularly. If the livable yacht is docked in a marina, the slip rental costs will generally be considerably lower than the property taxes on similar waterfront property. The hull can be easily inspected, washed, and maintained when the livable yacht is lifted above the waterline.
HOW ARE TRASH AND GARBAGE HANDLED ONBOARD?
Arkup livable yachts have a dedicated trash room equipped with a trash compactor and recycling bins. The compacted trash is disposed of ashore at public garbage facilities or marinas (a composter for organic waste is optional).