Arkup: Self-Sufficient Floating House
Meet Arkup, a sleek, modern, and sustainable off-grid livable floating house. It has the perks of a luxurious yacht or a waterfront villa, but with the added benefits of being self-sufficient, solar-powered, mobile, eco-friendly, and zero-emissions. Developed and constructed by Miami-based Arkup, this houseboat allows you to relish in the versatility of living between the sea, the sky, and the city of your choosing. This 4,350-square foot “mobile floating mansion” takes off-grid, water-based living to new heights.
The Arkup is built with a low energy consumption design and materials/equipment and just needs some sun and rain – and it’s good to go! It’s equipped with solar energy generation and battery storage as well as rainwater harvesting, water storage, a purification system, wastewater management system, energy recovery, and ventilation. Its 2,300-sq. ft. roof has 36 kW of power generation and as much as one megawatt-hour of power storage that allows for plentiful energy to operate the boat engines and livable features. The vessel can cruise 4 to 10h / 8 up to 20 NM, depending on the sun and time of day.
Equipped with electric propulsion and four hydraulic spuds, this high-tech houseboat can actually lift itself out of the water. This is due to the innovation of its customized self-lifting barge, which is also completely stable at anchor. Its electric thrusters have a lot of advantages, which include silent cruising, no pollution, and electric propulsion that doesn’t generate noise, smoke, or fumes and reduces vibrations disturbing marine life.
True to “French art de Vivre, Dutch maritime tradition,” you can be extravagant and safe. The Arkup is designed to withstand high winds thanks to its hydraulic self-elevating system that prevents sea-sickness and floods and makes it resilient to storm surge and hurricanes.
It’s also equipped with a smart communications system, including satellite TV and WI-FI antennas, LTE and VHF. Surprisingly, these “livable yachts” can also be “affordable,” as its owners won’t have to pay any property taxes – in most cases. Arkup points out that utility bills will be non-existent due to the floating house’s rainwater-harvesting and solar power generation.
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