Is your Eco-Sea Cottage a house . . . or a boat?
Yes . . . and yes.
You see . . . it's both.
HOUSE — The “cottage” portion of each ESC definitely qualifies as a house. In fact, the enclosed (“cottage”) portion of each ESC is built by the same nationally-established home builder that created the impressive, custom-built, million-dollar homes featured in the 2010 and 2011 season finales of ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
However, the Eco-Sea Cottages are not an example of simply attaching a “plain” house onto a pair of catamaran hulls and then claiming, “It’s a boat!” Each house-portion of each Eco-Sea Cottage is custom-built, sized, and “marinized” to particular specifications, so that it’s worthy of serving safely and long-term as a comfortable floating home. How so?
The latter build the house-portion of their houseboats outdoors, on top of the hull. They do so with a labor-intensive (i.e., more costly), “stick-by-stick” process. By comparison, our ESC builders — working entirely indoors — first construct multiple floor-and-wall systems, ceiling-and-roof units, multiple window-and-door frames separate from the two catamaran hulls. So, while “stick-built” units are subject to rain, mist and night-dew during their creation, your ESC benefits from protective temperature and moisture control. Without that protection, “stick-built” homes can suffer, during construction, from fungus-or-mold growth within their floors or walls . . . which may not become detectable until well after the new owner has moved in.
In addition, the controlled conditions in our “cottage-construction” facilities give you better/tighter fitting walls, joists, floors and ceilings. This controlled construction setting also results in less wasted materials, and a faster, more efficient build time — all of which results in a "greener" construction process, not to mention a lower purchase price for you .
BOAT — The Eco-Sea Cottages’ metal, catamaran hulls, constructed by a professional boat-building yard in Washington state (which also builds high-spec aluminum vessels for the U.S. Navy), are rugged and sturdy. These aluminum hulls are protected by multiple anodes; by carefully applied epoxy and antifouling paints; and by a quality, galvanic isolator or insulation transformer.
Each ESC is assigned a lifetime, 12-digit Coast Guard identification number, etched into the hulls, just like those required for the finest megayachts. Eleven, big (12-inch) cleats are welded in strategic locations around your catamaran hulls, affording excellent attachments either for towing, or for securing dock lines to your Eco-Sea Cottage. As an option, twin motors, a steering helm, and Coast Guard running lights are available.
We also fabricate a big, 5-inch deep rub-rail right into the aluminum, along the full length of the outer side of each hull. So, even in heavy winds or strong currents, your Eco-Sea Cottage is well protected alongside a dock or pier.
If you choose to have engines included, we weld on immensely strong motor brackets, one per hull.