Miami-based firm Arkup announced last year at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show its “livable yacht” project: an eco-friendly, hurricane-resistant, rectangular vessel that looks like a luxury apartment on the water. Now, with the annual show beginning on Wednesday, Arkup is expected to announce the completion of the first 75-foot glass-fronted yacht.

The livable yacht is equipped with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half-baths and offers 4,530 square-feet with 272 horsepower, as well as retractable hydraulic pillars that can lift the home out of the water onto 40′ stilts. With Arkup’s new yacht, you can forget about property taxes and enjoy the opportunity to travel to new views at any point.

“We are beyond excited to introduce the first self-elevating luxury livable yacht in South Florida. Luxury yachts often bare limits what livable space and people on board are concerned. This hybrid between yacht and house is ready to bring your waterfront living dreams to life,” said Antonio Maldonado, Founder of The Advantaged.

The yacht features glass walls, multiple levels that are subdivided into interconnected rooms and instant access to the water. The solar power generates enough power for not only the lights and air-conditioning, but also for its electric engines to cruise 20 miles on a single charge, meaning owners can enjoy local marinas or anchorages, or head off to remote backwaters and live off the grid.

“Realizing the dream of owning your own waterfront home – comprise high property taxes and costs in acquiring the piece of land or property. The Arkup is the perfect solution for realizing this dream in a more affordable way,” said Marius Koller.

In addition, the Arkup is hurricane resistant and flood-resistant, while the vessel has zero emissions and is powered completely from solar panels on the roof and stored energy in the hull battery. Rainwater is even collected to be stored and purified, which enables guests to completely disconnect from power lines and sewage.

“Floating homes and neighborhoods are the best answer to this quest. Projects like this becoming more common around the world in places including Dubai, French Polynesia and Holland. These environmentally-friendly, hurricane proof, mobile structures are the next big thing for waterfront living,” says Marius Koller.

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