Originally Posted by sailingfarmer
Gary... I don't buy it for even a second... if that rig is touching the sea floor... you have land to attach to... if it is abandoned and there is no one there... it is ZERO DOLLARS per day! This isn't rocket science... there will be 100's of abandoned oil
rigs in the future just in the Gulf of Mexico
. I had a friend who passed away who operated a standup oil
rig supply vessel. He would just drop the stilts raise the vessel and become a stilt home in the ocean besides supplying the oil rig.... there are ways....
3/4's of the planet is ocean.... soon to be 10 billion people....
think out of the box...
If anyone figures it out contact me....I'm in...
i think you have a few very different issues in this thread.
first, i think those hotels are really cool. right out of my dad's old popular science magazines; the ones i read when i was a kid. however...
i have no doubt that they are high dollar rooms for rent.
secondly, one of those as a sailor's marina/getaway in the sea would be cool...but, outrageously expensive. only the top financial elite among us could afford to use one. i'm talking the guys that go out and buy a brand new shipman 80.
the large majority of us sailing good old boats could only afford to sail by and look at how the other side lives.
it's a great fantasy but, even were one built or an old oil rig converted to one, it would be decades before anything like that would be in the price
range of the average sailor.
besides, from what i have read, most of us are cheap
(read: not rich and looking for a bargain) compared to stink potters.
it's a great idea but, i don't think you should hold your breath waiting for it.
so that's two issues, as i see it; on the water motels and on the water marinas
(more like resort marinas).
the other issue, and it's a serious one, is overpopulation. you are right. human population growth is reaching a terminal level. it's predicted, at the present rate of growth, we will reach the point where the earth will no longer be able to support us in the next 30 years.
all this talk of pollution and human environmental impact that you hear always avoids the real cause of the problem. it's not fossil fuels. it's overpopulation. they never talk about that. as my old boss (when i was doing lawncare...a lawn dr type business not mowing) used to say," the solution to pollution is dilution."
to wit: if i give you a shot glass of poison, it will kill you. if i take that poison and dump it into 1000 gallons of clean water, i can give you a whole glass of it to drink and you won't even notice it. when there was a reasonable number of us on the planet, our impact was easily countered by the earth's natural processes. now, that we have populated to such extremes, our impact has become unmanageable for the planet. how much more so in 30 years?
but, ocean marinas
won't do a thing to help that. the biggest problems won't be housing. it will be food
production, energy sources, pollution, waste management, potable drinking water
. just building housing in the sea won't fix any of those things.
just the food
issue, alone, is huge. as it is, we have devastated marine
populations by our harvesting food from the sea. more and more land converted into housing and business means less land for farming, especially livestock; which takes a lot of space and resources. scientists are now talking about the possibility of relying on insects for food. there is a good ted talks episode about that on netflix.
a much simpler and more effective solution to overpopulation is for people to stop reproducing in such numbers. but, for such a smart animal, humans are total idiots in some areas. you will never convince the largest portion of the earth's population to slow down having children
. what's funny
is that, for a lot of those people, religious beliefs would be the thing that would make the oppose such an idea.
but, it's ok. the earth usually takes care of things when a species gets overpopulated. starvation, disease, and other lovely natural processes usually take care of the issue. we aren't above nature. we just think we are. if we don't take care of the problem, eventually the earth will.
but it is a fun idea. living on your own little marina/island like the pirates of the Caribbean
...who wouldn't love that? and marinas across the ocean would make passage
making as easy as coastal hopping.