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January to April

Caribbean Islands

Martinique, Guadeloupe...

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2019 Season

starting in the Caribbean

on the 05th January

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Coworking on a beautiful catamaran sailing the seven seas? Yes, it’s real.

You’re an adventurous entrepreneur, a digital nomad or a visionary startup? The endless horizon is your limit and you want to collaborate and be inspired, do something extraordinary? Get on board of Coboat! Learn more

  • Online

    “Yes, there is fast and reliable internet on board!”

  • Green

    “We’re on the way to a zero carbon footprint.”

  • Social

    “With Coboat’s profits we want to do good to the world.”

Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

Coboat will provide the previously bbb:

high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

Coboat will provide the previously aaa:

high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Online

    “Yes, there is fast and reliable internet on board!”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Green

    “We’re on the way to a zero carbon footprint.”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Social

    “With Coboat’s profits we want to do good to the world.”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

Coboat has been featured on:

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Your Week

on Coboat

Pay What You Want

A different view on the world. Updated daily.

Collaborate, innovate and create with fellow Coboaters aboard one of the most inspirational coworking environments in the world. Detach from land. Free your mind. Immerse yourself in nature. Boost your productivity on the high seas. Life aboard Coboat is all about achieving balance and creating a life to love: When you need a break from work, get unplugged, connect with others or dive into the crystal clear blue water.

  • Destinations

  • Tickets

We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

  • We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
    What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

    Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
    Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

  • We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
    What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

    Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
    Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

Join the

Coboat

Community.

Share your Expertise. Benefit from others.

Imagine a multi-cultural group of like-minded creatives and techies, leaving behind their successful careers to embark on a Coboat voyage of discovery. This is where all the good stuff happens! Coboat offers the best of of coliving, coworking camps and retreats to create a new experience in coworkations. Ideal for startups, location independent and remote workers looking for new ideas in an inspirational environment.

Our Friends and Partners.

As a floating coworking space, we are always on the move, which renders us perfectly poised to bridge the gap between existing coworking communities worldwide

Follow Coboat on Instagram!

Our community is traveling the globe so we have a lot of photo ops! Check out our freshest impressions from the oceans, shores, harbours and the people of Coboat! @gocoboat

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Mock up of the original Coboat.
Currently under construction 
and will launch in 2017

Meet the

Coboat

The world’s largest sailing yacht with electric propulsion & energy regeneration.

Green Tech. For the Planet we love. Whenever possible, we will sail. If the winds die down, we will power up our engines – using stored energy. Clean and quiet. Just like our electricity re-generated by the wind and the sun. Learn more

Online never felt so good.

As a coworking space, reliable internet connections are essential. Close to land? 3G & 4G does the job. Out at sea? Count on a seamless transition to satellite-based communications. With wifi and gadgets galore, Coboat will have all the gear you need to benefit from this maritime adventure. Learn more

Online never felt

so good.

Our Innovation Partners make Coboat great.

Green, sustainable energy and propulsion systems, state-of the-art communication, networking and entertainment technology: without the help of these companies Coboat wouldn’t exist. Learn more

FAQ

“Is seasickness an issue?”
“Can I bring my pet?” “What do we do in the evenings?” Get all your answers right here.

Logbook

Keep on track with the newest stuff all around Coboat. We love to share our experiences! Read our blog

Press

Check out these great articles about Coboat and read what others have to say about our incredible journey! Browse

Operations and Social Media Officer (aka Operations and Social Media Manager – onshore)

#locationindependent #travelhacker #instasavvy

General requirements

You might join us for a few weeks on Coboat either in the Caribbean or in the Med but mostly you can work from wherever you want.

Responsibilities (customer communication)

Responsibilities (social media)

Effort/time needed

approx. 30 – 40 hours per week

Interested? Submit your application (CV, photo) to greatestjob@coboat.org explaining why you’re interested in the role, and the skills you bring. We’d like to hear both about your skills and experience in community building, and about your interest in Coboat specifically.

Follow us at fb.me/coboat and @gocoboat on Instagram and Twitter.

Operations and Social Media Officer aka Operations Manager (onshore)

#locationindependent #travelhacker #instasavvy

General requirements

You might join us on the boat for a few weeks if you feel like but otherwise you can work from wherever you like

Customer communication workflow

Social Media

Effort/time needed

approx. 30-40 hours per week

Interested? Submit your application (CV, photo) to greatestjob@coboat.org explaining why you’re interested in the role, and the skills you bring. We’d like to hear both about your skills and experience in community building, and about your interest in Coboat specifically.

Follow us at fb.me/coboat and @gocoboat on Instagram and Twitter.

As Coboat begins a new season in the Caribbean, we decided to investigate the region to see what we can learn from the seas that represent such new encounters for us. What we found was that this Mid-American archipelago has a great deal more to offer the visitor, and the rest of the world, than first meets the eye. It is indisputably rich in culture, tastes and natural beauty, and should not be missed! (more…)

Written by Kim Hobson, Coboat Community Manager

Coboat Pirate Beta is go! This week, the Coboat team assembled in Greece to welcome the very first Coboaters aboard for our inaugural journey. We’re now writing to you from the ocean on the world’s first floating coworking space… wahoo!

What is Pirate Beta?

While our specially-designed Coboat is being refitted in Phuket, Thailand we’ve charted a 50-foot catamaran (a Lagoon 500) in Greece because we couldn’t wait to start sailing with our community. For the next few months we’ll be cruising the Mediterranean for a Summer of European sailing.

Coboat Pirate Beta Launch

Isn’t she a beauty?

Anchors Away!

With all guests and provisions on board, it was time to lift anchor and set sail on the first ever Coboat journey into the Aegean sea. As is tradition, we all assembled on deck with the skipper, christening the journey with the Coboat rum wish.

Coboat Sets sail

Coboaters join the Skipper up top post-rum. Wishes included seeing some dolphins and good wind and waves for the journey!

The Route

This week’s 300 nautical-mile journey saw us hopping to a number of Greek Islands, including Andros, Psara and Lesbos, onwards to the our final destination: Lemnos. Here we’d be meeting up with the digital nomad camp organised by our good friends DNX, Copass and Beta House.

Life on Board

We’ve been finding our sailors legs and organising events and coworking sessions for our first group of Coboaters. Each morning begins with an exercise session and a swim. Followed by breakfast and the morning briefing of the day’s events and journey.

Morning Exercise on Coboat

We don’t make them walk the plank, but we do make them hold it for at least 30 seconds!

Coboat Morning Breakfast Briefling

Coboaters gather for breakfast and the morning briefing

The rest of the day is dedicated to working during our “Power Hours” when the Internet is strongest, and a number of onboard activities, from skills sharing, to writing the official Coboat anthem!

Our guest Jenny, shared her current project in one of our Coboat Idea Incubator sessions, getting tips, feedback and insights from other nomads on board.

Coboat Idea Incubator

Wise words from Coboater Jenny

As well as plenty of productivity, there’s plenty of sailing. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by a pod of dolphins on our second day.

A pod of dolphins join coboat

A pod of dolphins swim alongside Coboat!

Coboat Sunset Cruise
Arriving in Lemnos on Friday evening, over 40 Lemnos campers joined us on board for the first ever Coboat Sunset Cruise. It was great to meet and share the Coboat experience with so many digital nomads from all corners of the globe.

Welcome Aboard Lemnos Campers

Welcome Aboard Lemnos Campers!

Together, we sailed along the coast, running into even more dolphins (the Coboat rum wishes really do work!). Then we dropped anchor for a swim to watch a beautiful sunset.

Sunset Sail on Coboat with digital nomad Campers

Sunset Sail on Coboat with digital nomad Campers

Chilling on the Coboat nets at Sunset

Chilling on the Coboat nets at Sunset

Coboat Sunset Cruise

Nomads hanging out on Coboat

It’s been an amazing first week, with new friends, new projects and great sailing weather. Keep following our logbook for weekly updates, and be sure to tell us where you want to sail with Coboat!

Coboat launch week in numbers

Coboat launch week in numbers

… f*ck off.”

It’s not the best line to bring to a corporate event, granted. But we aren’t the conformists, we don’t sell out and we don’t wear shoes for just any body. Not even ambassadors and trade delegates.

Let’s not even mention suit and jacket.

Oh yes, there is a story behind this and it is backed by an ethos and a belief in our core values. Over the last week the Coboat team have explored, or more specifically re-explored our reason for creating Coboat. We have questioned ourselves and questioned our project.

We defined our DNA – the things that make Coboat different from any other coworking experience. We explored what it means to be a Coboater, what we stand for and what we bring to the world. We came away excited beyond belief!

The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete; they make one story become the only story"

Chimamanda Adichie
TED Talks

We also watched Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talk on The Danger of a Single Story; how stereotyping based on what we look like, where we’re from or what we do is limiting. She says it perfectly;

“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete; they make one story become the only story.”

This weeks TEDspiration struck a chord with the whole team. Chimamanda beautifully and humbly educates us all on the danger of the single story, how we have all at some point played our part in stereotyping each other.

 

And then on a Wednesday evening we rocked into our favourite “great wifi with food” establishment to find a corporate event in full swing with all the big guns in the super yacht industry as well as representatives from the Australian Embassy and even finger food! All the hallmarks of a big deal.

And then came the tap.

The dreaded tap.

On the shoulder of the Establishment’s Manager.

“Who’s that in the tee shirt with no shoes?” Standing 196cm in bare feet with his wild hair, and wilder eyebrows, Karsten, our fearless Coboat leader, cuts through the crowd. He hasn’t worn shoes for three years – the dude has sole.

Now when the cream of the yachting world and trade delegates start asking questions about shoes, you know you’ve made an impact. But exactly what that impact was, we’re not quite sure because the opportunity to explore the answer was sadly lost.

The Establishment’s Manager, who has accommodated us for months in our bare feet and teeshirts, has laughed and joked with us and helped us often, looked around. And in the sea of conforming long sleeve white shirts, beige pants and dress shoes, all they saw was a blue teeshirt and… well, size 44 bare feet.

The response came straight from the amygdala, from the brain’s ancient limbic system.

Wide-eyed horror.

You see, the Establishment had a single story in their head – teeshirt and bare feet are bad. Standing out is bad. Non-conforming is bad. Different is bad. Bad is bad for a fancy event.

There is only one way to dress for a serious soiree, and only conforming people can contribute. People wearing white and beige only want to talk with other people wearing white and beige. Stuck with that single story, an opportunity was lost.

The event was for networking amongst the yachting community, to bring together industry players and the guys at the helm. We could have talked about the most innovative yachting project in Thailand. We could have explored sustainability on and around the water, and a Coboat project to save the oceans from plastic. We could have collaborated about social responsibility and a greener future for yachting. We could have imagineered a bluer future for our oceans. The next big thing could have emerged.

The potential was huge. But the existence of a single story, about dressing up, limited us all. And we are poorer for it.

This week we experienced the limitation of a single story. We will remember it when we are back at our favourite establishment drinking coconuts and ice cappuccinos…in bare feet. And we will remember it as we create and engage with our global community.

Coboat. We are not a single story.

Tess
Feb 2016

 

A Coboater …

  1. Seeks challenge, to be challenged and live in their discomfort zone
  2. Thrives on uncertainty, is willing to adapt and embrace and is prepared to laugh about it
  3. Is willing to try, and tackles anything that needs to be done
  4. Puts the self and ego aside in order for a better outcome for the community
  5. Is a self starter with a thirst for learning
  6. Explores self, skills, business, ideas, place
  7. Has a sense of adventure, is brave and fearless.
  8. Questions the status quo, preferring disruptive ideas and to break boundaries
  9. Supports other’s goals, challenges and successes
  10. Spots an opportunity for growth and improvement for themselves and the community, and takes action.

Does all of this on a boat!

 

DSC00809Having arrived this week, the team opened the Oceanvolt crates and checked the engine size and components. Four electric engines will be installed instead of the normal two diesel engines. If you are an engine geek and interested in the performance of the electric engines watch this video.

In the meantime holes were drilled in the general vicinity of the engine positions, so Stefan could inspect the hulls and see the actual thickness of the them in that area. He discovered them full of water. So this must be drained and the hulls dried out before the engines can be fitted. Extra holes were drilled near the mount locations for engines to speed up the drying process. Once dried, the fibreglass reinforcement can begin in preparation for the Oceanvolt engines to be installed.

So lots of holes, unexpected flooding and the start of the Oceanvolt journey with Coboat.

In other news all the pumps are out being serviced; six pumps in total both sea and water fresh. The Aft deck expansion has completed and it is now more than 15 sqm bigger, lots of space to dine, gather and do yoga.

What challenges have we faced this week?

Apart from the flooded hulls, Stefan identified areas of damp in the skin of the boat which indicated rotting wood was present. This has been caused by poorly installed railings which meant water has been seeping through over the years. And we didn’t even need to strip the outer layer to see this. That’s what 45 years experience can bring! Grateful to have identified this now.

Next week, testing of the bowsprit area will commence so the scaffolding is going up. The bowsprit is the forward most point of the boat. It holds the anchor equipment and the forestays for the sails. Stefan is using non-destructive ultrasonic testing equipment to test the thickness of the aluminium and assess the stability of the infrastructure. (The destructive version would be to drill a hole but we figured there were enough holes created last week.)  

The cabins are next on the list to be completed; eight guest and two crew cabins between two and four two bunks being fitted in each.

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Lots of space for ideas: Nautitech 82 Catamaran. Do you want to see your artwork travel around the world?

Calling graphic designers for ideas: You can support the Coboat vision with your talent for visual design.
The boat is in the dry dock right now being refitted and turned into the first coworking space sailing around the world.
We want to make it look simply unique. Submit your ideas right here and become part of the Coboat community.

What are we looking for?

– simplicity wins: design will be painted, so no details and screen, no lines smaller than a few inches
– the less colours the better: no more than 3 including black for typography
– color must be light: dark colors increase the heat inside
– the name “Coboat” is mandatory, maybe some wording/motto

Find more information and resources in our Facebook event.
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This is a picture of the boat “before” (August 2015 in Phuket)

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Coboat and jovoto are looking for the best idea to help make the very first “Made on Coboat” project a reality.

“If you had 100 days of inspiration, collaboration, and freedom on a coworking catamaran, what is the one dream project that you would work on?”

A question that is aimed at the motivation of every creative nomad and perfectly describes the spirit of the “Made on Coboat” initiative. People from all over the world are invited to apply for “Made on Coboat” with a chance to win 100 days on the coworking catamaran and therefore become the first creative, who makes her or his dream project a reality.

Turn your dream project into reality with 100 days of coworking, creative inspiration, and sailing the high seas.

Turn your dream project into reality with 100 days of coworking, creative inspiration, and sailing the high seas.

Coboat is an 82 feet retrofitted sailing catamaran and floating coworking space. Circumnavigating the globe and exploring uncharted waters, Coboat will be home and office for up to 20 digital nomads as they collectively set out on a sea-faring adventure combining life, work and play. Launching at the end of the year, Coboat will be the very first coworking space on the water. To celebrate the launch, Coboat is giving out a 3-month residency scholarship to one person that will create her or his dream project – Made on Coboat.

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In jovoto, the Berlin-based company that enables brands to crowdstorm new ideas, Coboat has the ideal partner to offer a perfect platform where applicants can showcase their idea to the community and jury.

“Picture yourself sailing around the world, surrounded by your dream team of digital nomads, change leaders and entrepreneurs. Everyone usually experiences the most productivity and inspiration while getting the ideal work/life balance.”, describes Gerald Schömbs, co-founder of Coboat, the experience on board the coworking catamaran. “Coboat is an opportunity to meet new friends, engage with likeminded people, travellers, and potential business partners. It is our way to give back to the world we live in and all profits go back to community projects within the areas we sail in. And we jumpstart everything with the “Made on Coboat” initiative that invites everyone to take part in this adventure.”

The landing page coboat.jovoto.com went live on Thursday, August 13th 2015. From now on, applicants are able to pitch their idea, whether it is their first movie, latest book plot, a new business idea, app or any other project. All registered users on jovoto.com will be able to vote for their favourite idea submissions until September 24th. The dialog between the participants and the creative community on jovoto is lively and open, thanks to jovoto’s commentary system that encourages interaction.

“Our mission since 2007 has been to unleash creative talent from so-called ‘traditional’ work environments. We all know what kills our own creativity: a rigid organizational structure, long working hours sitting at the same desk, little work/life balance, ideating always with the same people, and so forth.”, says Head of Marketing, Liz von Loewen of jovoto.

“What better way to embrace our core values, than by giving creative people worldwide the freedom and opportunity to be their creative selves and make their dreams come true? This is the opportunity of a lifetime and we couldn’t be happier to help provide our creative platform to make the first “Made on Coboat” dream project come true.”

A jury of seven members will decide for the winner of the “Made on Coboat” project. Among the seven jury members are the founder of Nextspace, Jeremy Neuner, as well as the founder of Copass, Eric van den Broek. The grand jury prize winner will receive 100 days of food and lodging, and the chance of a lifetime to sail around the world with other creative nomads aboard Coboat.

 

#social

Website: coboat.jovoto.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCLxMZCeAM

Official Hashtag: #MadeOnCoboat

 

w: coboat.org

fb: fb.me/coboat

t: @gocoboat

 

w: jovoto.com

fb: facebook.com/jovotopage

t: @jovoto

#about

Coboat is a coworking space on a catamaran that travels the world. Digital nomads, founders or freelancers are able to book one of the 20 available spots by week. The ticket includes a accommodation, catering and high-speed internet. Additionally, Coboat enables inspiration and knowledge exchange, as well as numerous possibilities to experience the world right on the water (sailing, diving, photography, cooking).

Coboat is non-profit venture. Net income will be re-invested into maintaining and further developing the project, as well as charity and aid projects for the areas where the Coboat community stays. Coboat is powered by environmentally-friendly, sustainable technology, which includes a state-of-the-art electric motor powered by solar and wind energy.

jovoto is a web platform that allows organizations to brainstorm with more than 68 000 creative talents from around the world, to solve their design and innovation challenges. This process is called crowdstorming.

Crowdstorms™ range from NDA projects where a few hundred curated talents collaborate to solve a challenge, to massive public innovation challenges where the creative conversations and out-of-the box ideas themselves often lead to a media storm.

To date, jovoto has successfully organized more than 350 challenges for innovative companies and organizations, reaching tens of millions of people in the process.

#contact

Gerald Schömbs, Berlin, gerald@coboat.org

communication professional, entrepreneur, Earned Media GmbH

Web: gerald.berlin, linkedin.com/in/schoembs,

Twitter: @geeberlin, Instagram: @geeberlin

 

Liz von Loewen (eloewen@jovoto.com)

Head of Marketing & PR, jovoto GmbH

Web: www.jovoto.com

Tel: 030 802087800

What a crazy few months this has been. After meeting Tommy & Karsten at KoHub the Coboat evolved into something quite amazing. Gerald was the final piece to our puzzle and completed the team (remotely on Skype in true digital nomad fashion). We have never looked back.

Our team have now dispersed across the globe, I begrudgingly stayed here on the beach in Koh Lanta. Karsten is now in the amazing spiritual retreat that is Ubud. Tommy is back in Finland enjoying the long summer days. Gerald sailing on the lakes surrounding Berlin.

Despite the distance, the energy in the team is still intense and we are all very focused on a singular goal.

The last weeks I have been developing relations with coworking spaces and entrepreneurial communities around the world. I am arranging the beginnings of future collaborations in local regions we will pass through.

Our main aim is to engage in entrepreneurship with a heavy focus on social impact. We will also be hosting local conferences and events on the boat, the possibilities are endless.

The project is already attracting interest from like minded individuals and groups who really want to make a difference. Coboat has been so well received that I get very excited to imagine the potential of what we could achieve on our journey.

The Coboat community onboard will be given the chance to cowork with different regional projects as we cruise around the world. This will present some amazing entrepreneurial opportunities for those onboard who choose to join in. We really want to focus on the soul and the benefits of the coworking experience.

Coboat is just beginning and I can’t wait to see all of the possibilities unfold.

So if you are reading this and we are passing by (or just want to collaborate remotely) then don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can chat about potential synergies! james@coboat.org

Cheers,

James.