the treatment as a ship is not entirely convenient as it comes with “customary treatment” we do not really want - for example ABS, GL, Lloyds - paperwork and compliance…we want to be rather treated “like a ship in certain aspects” … as a “marina” in others…as “indian territory” in others, as “free trade zone” in others, “as port” in others -
the key is in “combining statuses conveniently” a ship is after all a unit to transport goods from port to port under two basic drivers the freedom of the seas and “container insurance quotes” - what is not EXACTLY what a “seastead development” does - so basicly “a suit that does not really fit”.
i have done my share of checking that out with the colombian government and authorities when the plan of the floating city project in the bay of Cartagena with a budget frame of USD 167 mill was on the table - as “resident manager” i did a "pre-check on the “frame of possibilities” in short - all this is possible and all this is possible to combine conveniently…no “new law” needs to be created …the “political will” to let us “take the best of any of those concepts” and put it together on a seastead in the bay of Cartagena is definitly there… relaxed - so all these “imaginary issues” “discussed for 7 years on the forums” are just that “imaginary issues” - the real driver is “as long as you stay clear from ugly4” - you can have any of those with only a few meter of shore distance…you do not even have to “register” … because “seastead register authorities” do not exist anywhere…and you can not be “obligated to a buerocratic process that does not exist”…
The base idea of “register a seastead as a ship” can be considered nonsense in the same way as it is nonsense to register a dog as a car. A seastead is obviously something clearly different to a ship - we might be best off to just insist that it IS something different.
Once you register a dog as a car you are in problems because at the moment you are officially “a car” the nice policeman will be in his full right to ask for a “exhaust certificate” (any car needs to have one) - but how do you get that exhaust certificate for a dog?..