Why not just buy an oil rig?
January 19, 2010 at 10:06 am #1176
Here’s one for $5,000,000
I’m sure you could make some of that back selling off bits of equipment, and how hard would it be to adapt it?January 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm #9280
Sovereign! Good link too…January 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm #9282
That’s a nice find. Tons of area to play with, both on deck and below. I did a quick bit of googling to find out what depth they can work in but I didn’t find anything. It comes with everything you need to anchor it, including the chains, but no lengths so there’s no way of knowing how deep it can go. Might have to fire off a quick email to the company…January 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm #9284
But I wonder what the remaining life on such a structure is, not to mention a group will need some pretty serious mechanical experience on board to reverse-engineer this into something more suitable for seasteading.
I wonder if you can turn drills into turbines?January 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm #9285
A nice bunch of primers for those interesting in learning more about rigs, and certain aspects of it which might be useful for Seasteaders.January 20, 2010 at 12:48 am #9289
you will have to cash about the same every year just to keep it in acceptable shape (above the waterline) and a multiple of this below waterline…this is why they sell it off quick and cheap…they need to get rid of it because it eats the hair from their heads…in maintenance cost…January 20, 2010 at 12:48 am #9287
Looks like we’re not the only group with the same idea.
A disused oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico could be converted into a luxury, eco-friendly hotel under new plans: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/5163586/Disused-oil-rig-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-to-be-converted-into-luxury-hotel.html
snother article with some pretty renders: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/hotelier-of-sea.htmlJanuary 21, 2010 at 6:40 am #9297
Would not a design such as this be equally as expensive? probably even moreso?January 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm #9301
Sovereign! Any of the mega-structures depicted on here and elsewhere would cost many millions of dollars to design, build and maintain. I’m not sugesting that they can’t be built but rather that unless and until there are enough people willing to live, thrive and survive on the ocean, they shouldn’t be built. The risk wouldn’t be justified…August 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm #11067
Wouldn’t it be possible to buy the structure then build around it? We already know that it will eventually go down, but if we can find enough material to float it?August 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm #11068
Use it as a seamount, you mean? Certainly possible. It may even be a good idea to build seamounts in certain locations and build land around them – use them to keep the structure from moving with the waves?
Seasteading is to Boat Living what Traction Cities are to Vandwelling – simply a matter of scale.August 11, 2010 at 9:13 am #11080
Effectively yeah. Oil rigs are usually far enough out to see, their stable, it’d be essentially using an existing structure as scaffolding.September 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm #11377
Found this article on WSJ. Apparently somebody’s retrofitted an oil rig into a hotel for scuba diving. It can be done!September 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm #11378
The question that really matters is not “can it be done” – of course it can be done.
As mentioned in the “apply concrete shell seasteadin thread” - permanent living on the sea is already a reality for SOME people – those who work in oil/gas industry – multimillionairs on their yachts, cruiseship crew members, etc… the problem is while it is not available for the AVERAGE GUY at average housing cost it will never be massive and while it is not “massive” it is not “society relevant”.
So the real problem is to put a body out on the sea well below the cost of USD 120/day that is handled by the cruiship industry. The platform you mention has a cost/day/person way above what the average guy can afford as “housing price”.
The reason is, that maintaining a steel structure at sea is so expensive (corrosion) that not even the oil/gas industry with their billion dollar budgets can afford the maintenance cost easily and is increasingly building more cost efficient floating concrete shell structures.
If cost would not be a key factor many of us would already be permanent residents on existing floating housing solutions like cruise ships, mega yachts, etc…
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