@ifdattic @wanderingdev You make awesome points! If you think about it, I wouldn’t be so facetious to jump the gun here. If purchasing a midsize Science Research (R/V or RV) was so expensive, then Virginia University wouldn’t of been able to pull off Semester at Sea. Not to mention National geographic, Green Peace, or other funded groups. Sure you may think they have the Billionaires of the world lined up to endorse them, when in reality that is far from the truth.
As I was mentioning before, in the original posting, groups such as AirBnB, Uber, Pinterest, Tinder, etc all don’t just buy one single piece of real estate, at least to my knowledge. Plus additional names out there, they buy multiple properties! Some have locations in down town Manhattan, Tokyo, Sydney, Delhi (least expensive most likely), Singapore, Brazil (Also slightly more affordable than the others), and so on.
The above being said, a R/V would generally cost you, for the size being required, and if used, anywhere between 2,000,000 USD to 18,000,000 USD, depending on the gear you outfit it with, such as an ice breaker haul, utility vehicles, New mess haul appliances, etc.
Now remembering that you would be buying just one boat, verses a gaggle or so of skyscrapers. From what I’ve gathered, having a positive mind, skyscrapers start minimum of 10,000,000 USD and can go to several BILLION! Unless you plan on buying a U.S. Aircraft carrier, which is far from what I’m saying, you could buy several R/V’s and come nowhere close to the limit you would spend on a single skyscraper.
Besides the fact that if you DO decide to ask your employees to sacrifice salary for accommodations, since they would not be doing so as they would if working at a fixed location, like a tax, that would be sufficient for any maintenance that would need to be addressed to such a vessel.
When I worked at a hotel in Miami, FL on Ocean Drive, I was given a tour by the “Engineering Team” of the facility. These were NOT your average Janitors. These guys worked with some SERIOUS equipment. From HVAC Systems to high tech Boiler Unites that were nearly as, if not more, complex than your average Diesel Combustion Engine found on a boat.
Here are some links to support what I have said thus far.
http://www.loopnet.com/for-sale/manhattan-ny/ (I had the search criteria of Manhattan, New York Entered)
P.S. Not to mention Chelsea, I wasn’t even searching in the most popular areas of town that companies are in the market for.