Ever wanted a home at sea? Coming soon to an ocean near you...
Jet Capsule, the company behind the mini-yacht, are now proposing an off-grid, floating home which would allow its residents to slowly cruise the world's oceans.
The company's co-founders, Pierpaulo Lazzarini and Luca Solla, say that
the floating structure is intended for "living in a floating house and moving slowly around the world[sic]". The habitat is propelled around the ocean at 3.5 knots (4mph), using a waterjet-propelled Torqeedo Deep Blue 1800 electric motor, which is powered using energy gathered from solar panels mounted atop the structure. Additional energy sources include option wind and water turbines mounted on the top and below the main disk of the habitat respectively, creating enough power to operate both the driving motor and the home itself.
The disc upon which the home is mounted measures 41feet (12.5m) in diameter, and the habitat includes a vegetable garden and onboard water generator, which would convert rain and seawater into fresh drinking water. Two half-spherical shells of toughened fibreglass comprise the two stories of the interior living space, with a flexible floor plan to accommodate various configurations. Generally, the top (215-sq.ft) level will include a kitchen and living/dining area, while the lower level (107sq-ft) level will house the bedroom and bathroom. The lower level sits below the water-line, and features a large window for viewing the local sea-life.
Stability is provided by a special elastic anchor system. "The main structure of the floating object can be aligned with the compass, keeping the position angles oriented on the desired cardinal direction, even in rough sea conditions," say the designers.
Jet Capsule is currently seeking investors to enable them to build the first prototype, with an initial estimated cost of roughly US$800,000. Subsequent builds are expected to cost roughly $200,000 - cheaper than the average cost of a large houseboat.