Coboat: Sustainably powered digital co-working space sails the seven seas (Video)
In an era where working overtime has become the new norm, finding that delicate work-life balance has also become increasingly elusive. Potential solutions include instigating a 4 hour workday or a 4 day work week; going on staycations or even workations. Yet another trend on the rise: other experts are noting how technology is spurring the growth of a global freelance economy and how the emergence of location-independent workers may very well do away with old notions of working 9-to-5 at an office.
To cater to these digital nomads, co-working hubs have popped up in many cities around the world, and even global co-living subscriptions. Now, there's also Coboat, a sustainably powered catamaran that doubles as a floating co-working space for up to twenty digital nomads at a time.
Co-founders James Abbott, founder of KoHub, Tommy Westlin, Gerald Schombs and Karsten Knorr came up with the idea after being inspired by the atmosphere of co-working spaces, as well as a dream to circumnavigate the world. It's about combining the entrepreneurial spirit found in many co-working spaces with a high seas adventure, as well as engaging in a bit of slow travel and staying at various port cities, says Knorr on Startup Daily:
I retired a year ago with the idea of going on a circumnavigation on my own. Even though I was working location-independent for the last 10 years, I hadn’t heard of the digital nomad lifestyle or coworking spaces before I stepped into [KoHub]. I loved the energy, ideas, and brain power.
Zero carbon co-working
Coboat uses a 82-foot long retrofitted Nautitech catamaran that is propelled by solar and wind-generated power. The goal of Coboat is zero carbon emissions, using renewable energy to provide desalinated drinking water, as well as co-working hub basics like a 24/7 Internet connection, provided by either satellite while on sea, or by 3G or 4G networks when close to land.
Staying on Coboat isn't cheap though, but scores of people have signed up already since the project's launch late last year. Pricing begins at USD $1,320 per week, and includes shared accommodations, all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, and port fees. So far, Coboat has sailed from Thailand, Maldives and the Seychelles and the Mediterranean and will end up in the Caribbean by late 2016. You can follow their progress and their partnerships along the way on their blog, or find out more on Coboat.