I am designing and going to build a large ocean going houseboat style Catamaran.
The biggest problem by far is finding a suitable place to build it with convenient access to the Ocean and favorable laws. It occurs to me that possibly the biggest hurdle to SeaSteading is a suitable facility to manufacture the barges, platforms, boats, etc. needed to create a SeaStead.
A floating manufacturing facility could be stationed almost anywhere, French Polynesia for example? It could cheaply and easily be supplied by container ships. Best of all it could start making money very quickly.
The boat I have envisioned for myself is a 67’ by 32" catamaran with 4KW of solar panels. The cost of the all the materials, including electronics and engines, is in the $250k range and it is comparable to $1.2M power cats. That means that there is a lot of money to be made to pay for the facility and labor and to fund the Seastead project.
I and two or three of my friends would be willing to supply all of the materials and labor necessary to build our boats and an extra boat or two for the Seastead cause and use of the facilities. We would also love to train people how to build boats, barges etc. using the vacuum infusion process.
I know this isn’t the final dream envisioned by the founders, but it might be a good first step to getting it off the ground and sustaining it.