Our cost estimates are within the right ballpark!

As I mentioned in the OTC trip report, there is a huge amount of uncertainty in our cost estimates, because we aren’t sure how the expense of a seastead will compare to that of an oil platform.  Since we believe that the success of seasteading hinges on whether it can be done at a reasonable price, this will be one of our key areas of research this year.  Here is some evidence that Andy House’s initial ballpark estimate of about $300/ft^2 for his Baystead and Seastead Lite designs is not unreasonable:

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5 thoughts on “Our cost estimates are within the right ballpark!”

  1. Housing customs agents and leasing open sea acreage for their operations could indeed be one more profitable venture for seasteads – even though the agorist in me cringes at the thought. This would be similar to what Nauru does with Australia (harboring immigration candidates until they pass the checks, in exchange for financial help with their public debt). And, with time, the idea of seasteads as international free zone, like with airports and their duty-free zones, could be more easily imposed.

  2.  Under FAQ on the Float, Inc.’s website it says “Further, every PSP is designed for its environment”. From my point of view, neither Float nor an engineer can make any progress until presented with specifications. I’m going to continue commenting in the OTC report area.

  3. Why is this not possible? I am all for this and as soon as I get out of the military and raise money I am in.  I can’t stand the way the US is being run right now. A lot of you see this could turn into them being pirates, anarchist, or even a cult. There are a lot of different types of anarchy, and I am willing to try them why not. The worst thing I could see being done is the US labeling us as Terriost group. The cult thing is retarted a lot of libertarians are agnostic or athiest, I am neither, but for me going to this would have nothing to do with religon in any shape.

  4. Any plans to contact House about the Seasteading Institute?  It seems like your research could be a sort of proof-of-concept for his ideas.  Maybe he could broaden the base of support/interest/research?

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