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WHAT IS THE TYPICAL USE FOR ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHTS?
Owners can use it as a recreational vessel that can provide the feel and comfort of home. Investors can consider the vessels for hospitality and seasonal rentals (in compliance with local regulations depending on the jurisdiction).

LIVING ON THE WATER: WHAT ARE THE WORLD TRENDS OF THIS NEW LIFESTYLE?
Although Arkup livable yachts are vessels, they can be used as floating houses, which have become popular as housing in some parts of the world (for example, in the Netherlands, the American West Coast and in Southeast Asia). Arkup livable yachts are “future-proof” dwellings, whose mobility and flexibility makes them resilient to floods, storm surge and sea-level rise. Used as overwater villas, they also offer a key solution to urban growth and space scarcity.

WHAT IS THE RESALE VALUE OF A LIVABLE YACHT OVER TIME?
The ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHTS values will maintain market stability over time as its conception is simple, modular, adaptable and reversible. There are also limited operational expenses compared to a traditional yacht. It is hurricane resilient, which makes it a practical investment.

WHAT IS ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHTS PRICE RANGE?
The price of the 75-foot fully-loaded Arkup livable yacht, self-sustaining and with the capacity to self-elevate starts at $5.5 M, up to $5.9 M fully furnished with art. The vessel can be customized to the needs and taste of each client.

IS THE INTERIOR DESIGN CUSTOMIZABLE?
ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHT can be delivered raw, decorator ready or fully-furnished and ready to move in. Bespoke projects can be developed to suit each client's need and taste.

WHAT DELIVERY TIME TO EXPECT AFTER PLACING AN ORDER FOR A LIVABLE YACHT?
Standard delivery time is 12 to 14 months after order confirmation and plan approval, depending on desired technology and customization.

WHERE CAN THE VESSELS BE DELIVERED?
Manufactured in Miami, Arkup livable yachts be delivered via waterways to coastal areas, accessible interior lakes and large rivers around the world (cost of delivery provided on request).

WHAT IS THE USUAL MAINTENANCE CHECK-LIST?
Maintenance is limited: changing filters, lubricating the hydraulic pilings, cleaning the hull, pumping out the waste water tank, inspecting and testing safety-features inspections, washing the solar roof.

CAN ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHTS BE USED AS A SEASONAL RENTAL?
ARKUP- Livable Yachts can be chartered to carry up to 12 passengers with or without a crew (operating as an Uninspected Passenger Vessel over 100 gross tons or as a Recreational Vessel - bare boat charter -, according to the US Coast Guards’ safety standards and regulations).

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COST

IS THERE ANY TAX INCENTIVE FOR BUYING ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHT?
The maximum taxes levied on the sale of a vessel in the State of Florida are $18,000, including both sales and use tax and discretionary sales surtax. Although there is no direct tax incentive for purchasing a 100-percent solar-electric vessel, you will have no utility bills because the Arkup Livable Yacht generates its own power and water, and it can operate off-the-grid. The property tax does not apply on recreational vessels. The annual registration fee for an Arkup Livable Yacht is approximately $150.

COST

LOCATION

WHERE CAN I LIVE WITH SUCH A VESSEL?
Similar areas where large yachts would dock: marina slips, private docks, waterfront properties, privately owned submerged lands or regulated anchorage.

LOCATION

REGULATION

IS IT A HOUSE OR A VESSEL REGARDING LAWS AND REGULATIONS?
It is a recreational vessel that must be registered and titled.

WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR OPERATING ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHT?
Anchoring is not allowed in protected areas to preserve the waters and sea bottoms. Black and gray waters discharges must be conducted in compliance with the regulations of individual local jurisdictions.

REGULATION

SAFETY & WARRANTY

WHAT ARE ONBOARD SAFETY DEVICES?
Glass railings and handrails, life vests, smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire extinguishers, alarms (smoke, bildge water, intrusion) and automated bildge pumps, lightning protection, CCTV cameras and VHF are included. All alarms are connected and monitored in real-time.

HOW IS SAFETY ADDRESSED IN OPERATIONS?
Safe operating procedures (navigation, boat lift, sliding terrace and hydraulic spuds) are detailed in the operational manual and will be addressed during the owner training session.

WHAT ARE THE OPERATIONAL LIMITS OF THE VESSEL?
The vessel is designed and engineered according to U.S. Coast Guard standards for recreational vessels in partially protected waters (up to 20 nautical miles from a safe harbor). Maximum anchoring depth is 25 feet (7.5 meters). The vessel is also compliant with MCA LY3 Short Range Yacht stability criterion (waves < 1.83m/6 ft ; wind < 16kts).

WHAT DOES "HURRICANE PROOF" MEAN?
The Arkup livable yacht structure and anchoring system are designed to resist high winds of as much as 156 miles per hour, or 250 kilometers per hour — equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. The vessel can be completely lifted out of the water to safeguard from storm surge. Hurricanes are predictable storm events, allowing enough time for owners to sail to a safe harbor or a protected area. The livable yachts are not made to stay in deep waters and exposed areas.

WHAT TYPE OF WARRANTY DOES ARKUP OFFER?
ARKUP offers 5 years on hull and superstructure, 2 years on power, jack-up and propulsion systems, and 1 year on all items manufactured by Arkup. Accessories and components made by third parties installed by Arkup are covered by direct warranties of their own with a 12-month minimum coverage (i.e. electronic instruments, controls, accessories, air conditioning systems, appliances, windows, etc.)

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TECHNOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY

WHAT ARE THE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES INCLUDED ONBOARD?
Low-e consumption design & materials/equipment. Solar energy generation and battery storage. Rainwater harvesting, water storage and purification system, waste water management system, energy recovery and ventilation.

ARE ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHTS CUSTOMIZABLE?
Yes, the vessels are fully customizable on demand and can incorporate anything the customer would like to include.

IS THERE A THERMIC ENGINE BACKUP FOR THE 100% ELECTRIC MODEL?
A diesel generator can be added upon request to increase range but existing electric engines provide enough power to propel the vessel and navigate safely.

CAN YOU BOOST THE EXISTING 272HP ELECTRIC THRUSTERS PROPELLING THE VESSEL?
Yes. We can also boost electric energy production and storage depending on the client’s needs.

HOW DOES ARKUP - LIVABLE YACHT FLOAT AND NAVIGATE?
Flotation is ensured by Archimedes. Our livable yacht is equipped with two 136-horsepower (100-kilowatt) electric thrusters that rotate 180 degrees, allowing smooth navigation and maneuverability.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF THE ELECTRIC THRUSTERS?
Cruising is silent and does not pollute the water; electric propulsion does not generate noise, smoke or fumes and reduces vibrations disturbing the marine life.

WHAT FEATURES ARE INCLUDED IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ACCESS TO NETWORKS?
Arkup- Livable Yachts are equipped with long range high speed internet and VHF. Satellite TV and navigation systems are optional.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE VESSEL?
300 tons weight, 75x32 feet, 5-foot draft, 34-foot air draft, average speed 3knots with a max of 5-knot. The 8-millimeter steel hull is composed of 28 watertight compartments.

WHAT IS THE MAX POWER GENERATION AND STORAGE CAPACITY?
36 kW of power generation from the solar roof and as much as one megawatt-hour of power storage ensure more than enough energy to operate the boat engines and livable features. The vessel can cruise 4 to 10h / 8 up to 20 NM, depending of the sun and time in the day.

ARE THE BUILDING MATERIALS ECO-SOURCED?
Conception and design are eco-friendly. Sustainable and green materials are incorporated into the design as much as possible.

IS THE VESSEL 100% SELF-SUSTAINING?
Yes it is. The vessel is zero-emission, carbon-neutral, energy-positive and collects rain water and treats it for onboard use.

WHY OFFER SUSTAINABLE OFF-GRID LIVABLE YACHTS?
We strive to offer an alternative lifestyle to preserve the environment by avoiding fossil fuels. Our vessels and housing solutions are resilient to storm surge and hurricanes.

WHAT HOME-AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE ARKUP- LIVABLE YACHTS?
An Arkup livable yacht features state-of-the-art smart technologies and offers maximum living comfort by enabling the control of temperature, lights, electric shades, sound system, video-surveillance etc., remotely and monitored in real-time, providing the user with information on battery life and water-tank capacity, as well as overall energy generation-consumption ratios.

TECHNOLOGY

USE & NAVIGATION

WHAT ARE THE HYDRAULIC SPUDS 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 to lift 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 land.

CAN I GO FROM MIAMI TO KEY WEST, TAMPA OR EVEN NYC?
The vessel can navigate within 20 nautical miles of the coast, depending on weather, which determines the daily range capacity (up to 8 hours / 20 NM).

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 GAL (14 m3) holding tank before being pumped out at either a marina or by a vessel design to pump out the waste. There are other options, such as using an approved United State Coast Guard Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) and then discharging within 3 miles off shore according to Clean Water Act regulations.

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.

HOW TO RECEIVE MAILS, PARCELS OR DELIVERIES?
Marinas can either provide concierge services, a mail box or one can use a PO Box at a local mail provider.

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 US States require a driver's license and boating safety certification for recreational use. For other countries, ARKUP may 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 LONG CAN THE LIVABLE YACHT REMAIN OFF-THE-GRID (WITHOUT POWER & 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 fresh water tank (or add an optional water-maker).

IF I CHOOSE TO LIVE OFF-THE-GRID ON ARKUP LIVABLE YACHT HOW CAN I CONNECT TO THE MAINLAND SUCH AS SHOP, WORK, ATTEND SCHOOL?
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 COSTS OF AN ARKUP LIVABLE YACHT?
The cost is much less than a yacht of equivalent size (the annual operating costs of a yacht is 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 a similar waterfront property. The hull can be easily inspected, washed and maintained when the livable yacht is lifted above the waterline.

HOW IS 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 ashore at public garbage facilities or marinas (a composter for organic waste is optional).

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.

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