1)   What is the purchase procedure?

 

            Ÿ  Upon deciding to purchase a share in the Caribe Explorer superyacht, you will provide a $50,000 reservation deposit.  This 100% refundable deposit provides you a slot in the reservations queue. A further fully refundable $127,000 deposit places you officially in the queue for your membership share of the LLC that will consist only of Caribe Explorer purchasers and no one else. This deposit also allows you to pick your particular suite on the master deckplan. Upon the reservation of the 25th available share (there are 16), you will close your sale and now the LLC owns the yacht with you having exclusive occupancy of your selected suite.

 

               It should be noted that this is similar to the established real estate pre-construction condo purchase process. The big difference is, in real estate, once you have made your second or third deposit, the developer commences construction of the building. This may have taken 6 months, and now you have to wait a year or two for the construction to be complete and you then can move in.  With the Caribe Explorer project, you will close in less than 60 days, head over to Malaysia for the trip back to Miami and move aboard, all within a couple of months of your deposit, not years!

2)  I accept there are high maintenance and operational expenses in owning a                           superyacht.  How are the operating expenses of Caribe Explorer covered?

 

            Ÿ  You will pre-pay your 1/16th  share of the operating expense annually. Under ORCA’s “First-Year-Free” program, NO operating fee will be assessed the first year.  Your first operating share won’t be due for a whole year until after you've had 12 months to savor the lifestyle.

 

            Here’s what is covered the first year:

 

  • All amenities including: beauty salon, gym, massage, butler, chauffeur, medical center, scuba diving, and mini-sub exploring.

  • Twice-annual treasure expedition, searching for an unknown Spanish shipwreck.  Yacht has side-scanning sonar torpedo with powerful all-metals magnetometer.

  • Weekly housekeeping

  • Onboard weekend live entertainment in the lounge

  • At-sea only Casino.  Win and pocket your winnings... lose and your loss goes into the operating fund

  • $266,000 worth of cruising each year (based on current luxury cruise rates)

  • 70-day Transition cruise from Malaysia to Miami (stops at Bali, Port Moresby, Sydney, Fiji, Papeete, Galapagos, Panama, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Miami)  Terms subject to change.

  • Laundry service

  • High-speed WiFi

  • All port fees and services

  • All normal ship maintenance

             

     The fee does not cover meals and alcoholic drinks

3)  Can I live aboard full time?

 

            Ÿ  Certainly.

 

4)  Can I rent out my suite?

 

            Ÿ  As of now, the rental option is not available.

               However, you and your ownership group may vote to allow owner renting.

 

5)  Can I tour the yacht prior to closing?

 

            Ÿ  Yes.  The vessel may be available to tour prior

                to closing at your expense. The yacht is in Malaysia

 

 

6)  Is there financing available?

 

            Ÿ  Not officially. Check your own sources.

7)  What are the sizes of the staterooms on the yacht?

 

            Ÿ  500 sq’ to 750 sq’.  The industry average cruise ship cabin is 150 sq' - 220 sq'

 

8)  Are there balconies?

 

            Ÿ  No. Caribe Explorer is not a cruise ship. The whole yacht is a balcony.

 

9)  Where will the yacht be located?

 

            Ÿ  There are two locations in Miami, both within 5 minutes from South Beach or downtown.                         Additional yachts in the fleet are planned for Barcelona and Singapore and you can swap                         weeks with other owners on other yachts.

 

10)  Is parking free?

 

            Ÿ  Yes.  You also own a chauffeured limousine to take you shopping or to events, etc.

 

11)  Will I need a passport?

 

            Ÿ  Yes, as the yacht will eventually be stopping at various

                ports around the Caribbean and South America.

 

12)  Are there other superyachts in your program?

 

            Ÿ  Yes, there will be, and you will be given a list of all owners of each yacht so free swapping will                 be available. Perhaps you’ll find one of the owners of the yacht in Barcelona who would love                   to trade for a week or two in Miami.  Or perhaps the yacht in Singapore.

 

13)  Will there be owner storage aboard?

 

            Ÿ  Yes, down below in the crew deck.

 

14)  Is there housekeeping?  How often?

 

            Ÿ  Yes, there will be weekly cleaning of your suite.

 

15)  Is there an owner laundry on board?

 

            Ÿ  Yes, if there are personal items you wish to launder yourself,

                there is a laundry room with washers and dryers.

 

16)  When will the yacht be ready to move aboard?

 

            Ÿ  That depends on the timing of share sales.  When the last LLC share

                has been sold, the yacht will be moved from its current location to Miami.

                It is felt that could occur as soon as next Spring (2022).

 

17) Do I need to buy insurance for my personal belongings?

 

            Ÿ  Yes. Your personal possessions will not be covered by the yacht’s policy.

 

18) Who will manage the vessel?

 

            Ÿ  ORCA is a subsidiary of Sophlex Marine Management in Port Canaveral, Florida,

                which will be responsible for all things maritime.  The yacht’s staff and crew are all provided                  by Sophlex and they are contracted to run the vessel both at sea and in port for the first year.                 Sophlex has nearly 40 years experience in managing everything from tugboats to large                            cargo carriers, as well as large mega-yachts. After the first year, the LLC will vote to renew                      the contract for a subsequent 5 years.

 

19)  Is there an HOA fee? Do I pay even when I’m not aboard?

 

            Ÿ  There is no HOA fee as such. This is not a condo purchase. It’s a group of 16 friends who                            decided to buy a superyacht and have agreed to split the cost of buying and maintaining the                    vessel.  That cost will fluctuate according to the whims of the LLC members for things such                    as ship itinerary, schedule, and the like. The first year is free, so you won’t be billed for the                      next year’s estimated YOC (yacht operating cost) until the second year. An estimated total for                  the fee can be obtained during your 2-week due diligence period.  The fee is a one-time                            annual payment in advance so you will have to pay for the crew, hospitality staff, dock rent,                      electricity, insurance, and all in-port expenses whether you are aboard or not, of course.

20)  Where does the profit from the casino, meals and alcohol sales go?

 

            Ÿ    To Caribe Explorer's LLC operating fund for ship operations.

 

21)  What kind of medical care is on board?

 

            Ÿ    When cruising there will be a doctor in the medical center.  When in port, medical                                       emergency help is just a 911 call away.

 

22)  Can I bring guests and can they stay overnight? 

 

            Ÿ   Guest cabins are available on Deck 1.  A guest suite must be reserved well in advance of                          cruise weekends and special events. 

 

23)  What entertainment does the yacht have?

 

            Ÿ   The vessel will have its own house band when in St Pete, but may also feature

                local music from entertainers in each port.  A dinner piano player is available.

                It's mostly smooth jazz, but don't be surprised if a little Jimmy Buffet doesn't work its way in.

 

24)  What is the dining like?

 

            Ÿ   There are 3 dining areas aboard the yacht serving meals that range from café to dining room                  fare.  Every Friday, a renowned St Pete gourmet chef might come aboard and prepare a                            sample of his restaurant’s signature dishes.

 

25)   What are the lounges like?

 

            Ÿ   Unlike most private yachts Caribe Explorer will

                provide two lounges including a cigar/martini bar.

 

26)   Is there a casino?

 

            Ÿ   Yes.  A small casino with 3 blackjack tables and

                some slots is available when the ship is outside

                US waters.

 

27)  Can I decorate my suite as I like?

 

            Ÿ  Inside your suite you may perform superficial cosmetic decorating.  You may not

               alter the structural integrity of the room and all changes or modifications must be                                    approved in writing by the LLC and ship management.

 

28)  What is the butler service?  Is there tipping?

 

            Ÿ  Each deck will have its own valet to attend to the needs and wishes of each owner.

            Ÿ  Tipping is not required but encouraged for attending staff like bartenders, servers, limo

               drivers, butlers, and health/spa workers since their services are complimentary.

 

29)  How does the free limo service work?

 

            Ÿ  A chauffeur will be available for limo trips. While the service is complimentary, you will not be                 able to monopolize the driver and the limo for hours on end. The LLC will create the rules.

 

30)  How often does the yacht cruise?

 

            Ÿ  The first-year itinerary suggests a 10-day per month cruise to the islands. Then each year, a

               3-4 week cruise to beautiful destinations like Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, or Curacao, for                         example are planned.  The LLC votes on various itineraries provided by the Captain.

 

31)  When can I use the submarine?  Is it safe?

 

            Ÿ  The submarine can operate 12 hours on one battery charge.  That means on the monthly                         cruise all 16 condo owners can take a 30-minute 2-person dive as deep as 1,000 feet.

 

            Ÿ  The U-Boat Worx  Super Yacht Sub 3 is considered one of the safest mini-subs in the world.                    Numerous safety systems are built in and the sub even has a 96-hour emergency backup                       battery.

 

32)  What are the LLC share prices?           

 

            Ÿ  You own the LLC. Its membership share pricing runs from

               $1.7 million to $2.8 million depending on the location of

               your suite.

 

33)  Will there be land-line phone service to each suite?

 

   Ÿ           No. You will need your own cell phone service for calls.

 

34)  If I can’t make a cruise, can I loan my suite to a friend?

 

   Ÿ           Yes. However, LLC rules may prohibit you from renting it to them.

 

35)  Will there be shops aboard?

 

            Ÿ  Yes. A gift shop, clothing, jewelry, food, and various sundries will be available.

 

36)  What happens when a hurricane approaches?

 

            Ÿ  The good news is, we simply move out of the way. We know well in advance that

               a major hurricane is approaching. Caribe Explorer can be over 200 miles away in 24 hours.

 

37)  What special events might the yacht attend?

 

            Ÿ  When worldwide outdoor events resume, a number of festivities come to mind. What a

                fun way to attend events like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, New Year’s Eve in

               Key West, even the Beating Retreat Ceremony in Bermuda. How about Carnival in

               Jamaica or Trinidad, or the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa.  The 2026 FIFA World Cup                         Soccer event will be in the US, Canada, and Mexico. One of the US host cities is Baltimore

               and a possible destination for Caribe Explorer.

 

38)  What about repairs and maintenance?

 

            Ÿ  Sophlex Marine Management has absolute control of all things mechanical on the yacht.

               All costs associated with routine maintenance and assorted repairs are included in the LLC

               yacht operating fee. In the event of an unforeseen major mechanical issue a temporary                            assessment may be required, but that seems highly unlikely as this vessel has been                                 meticulously maintained by its previous owners.

39)  Who owns the yacht now?

 

            Ÿ  ORCA has its choice of three 5-star luxury superyachts for this and subsequent yacht                               ownership programs. It will select the appropriate vessel when two-thirds of the shares have                 been purchased. Understand that the vessel selected may vary from the details shown in the                 presentation but will be equal or superior to the yacht seen herein.  Remember, 100% refunds                 will be provided to those not satisfied with the selected superyacht.

40)  Explain the deposit refund policy.  What's the catch?

            Ÿ  There are two deposit requirements that indicate a sincere desire to purchase a share of the                   superyacht. The first is a $50,000 "placeholder" deposit that basically puts a prospect in the                     queue. This is a due diligence period followed in 21 days by a second $127,000 deposit that                     tells us that this person is committed to buy a share. At that point, the purchaser will select                     his/her desired suite and it is locked up for that person until closing which will occur upon

               the sale of the 16th share.  AT ANY POINT IN THE PROCESS UP TO CLOSING, THE PURCHASER                 IS ENTITLED TO A 100% FULL REFUND OF ALL DEPOSITS FOR ANY REASON GIVEN.

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