I try to enjoy winter by skiing and coaching hockey but as the season drags on I just want to join you lucky folks in the south!
On hot days we ride in the shade with windows and doors open, funneling cool breezes to our passengers. If you enjoyed this tiny house story you’ll absolutely LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more!
There was also a British trailer, made in the early 60’s, that worked much like the Sealander, but the trailer was separate from the body. Great idea, I build boats now and have been looking at lighter designs suited for my 48 volt electric outboard conversions, and this one is a winner for my quiet power system. If you check out Ken Simpson’s website (listed above), you will see that he has adapted this design (collaboration between Titmus and Simpson) to a larger format as well. After looking around quite a bit, here is a PVC Kayak Cart I made from various different designs I found online to suit my needs. This instructible will get you out on the water to fish without pulling too much cash out of your pocket. I recently purchased a 14' aluminum Springcraft with EZ loader trailer from a local classified site for $500.00. Make your own quick and easy zip tie & ply mini boat - maximum fun for the least money! Intro, Braving the elements?I'm entering this build for the 'brave the elements' contest as this project has enabled me to get out there and experience the elements in my local environment.
In this part of the Greenland kayak instructable you will be getting the gunwales ready for building the deck of the kayak. Cut a patch from a shower curtain and use PVC pipe cement from your dad's garage to patch a leak in a PVC air mattress, inflatable boat, dry bag, etc.
I'm starting this topic to both log my experiments and to petition contributions and ideas from others. Spring was just starting to arrive in northern Minnesota, and after a long winter, I was getting anxious to get back out into my little wood shop and start another project.
I have a large canoe (approx 17 feet long and 4 feet wide at the middle) and more often than not I am the only one physically able to move it (at least until the wee ones get bigger MUH HAHAhahahaha).
This Instructable will describe the construction of a heavy duty milk jug raft built out of recycled materials and capable of supporting over 700 lbs.
This instructible will teach you how to build a 17 foot long Greenland kayak that will weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and cost less than $300 in materials.
Have you ever stood on the shore and looked out at people boating and wished you could be out there too?
Alright, Finally got a little time to do some work so I made new seats and motor box for the back of the boat. This Instructable documents how I built a small sailing boat out of a mussel float, and advice on how to build your own! This is a small cabin boat that sleeps 1 person with lots of space and great to have for kids to play in even in the swimming pool. I tried to build the lightest and cheapest (~150€ total material bill) sail-boat I could come up with.
I've been wanting to combine my two favorite hobbies - woodworking and sailing for a long time, so I thought I'd build a boat. I set out to make a simple rudder that did not cost the typical $250 but at the same time was a bit more effective than a plank on a stick. Browsing Imgur one day I saw some guys that made a duct tape canoe, and decided to try my hand at the same. Sometimes I like to get on the water by myself and sometimes a canoe will suit me just fine.
Living in Cambridge near the historical Charles river and watching people kayak down it's length, I nurtured a growing desire to be able to interact with the natural structure on my own schedule. Epilog Challenge VI: I have entered this into the Epilog challenge please vote on it if you like the build. If you are not looking for super-speed, or want a quiet way to fish, get around the lake, or extend your camping trips, an electric canoe is the way to go!


We haven’t really used this dinghy much in Vizag, the water here is just too polluted (and smells of ammonia and sulphur) to want to go sailing in harbour and the beach surf is too rough to risk putting to sea from the beaches.
All I can do is review our last season’s outings and check into fine sites like ShantyBoatLiving. On our first trip we experience the biggest advantage of this design as it rained for most of the first day.
Having a boat light enough, 1500lbs empty, 1800 to 2000 fully equipped, to be easily trailered to distant destinations is convenient and as important we can launch and retrieve from less than perfect launch sites, saving considerable expense. We slept through most of a horrible storm tucked high into a creek that only small tin boats could navigate, never feeling in danger. They include 21 large 18 X 24″ sheets with drawings, photos and write up (as a manual).
Right now there are PDF plans you can purchase and download to build it yourself on DuckWorks Boatbuilder’s Supply. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories.
He also has some great (and highly affordable) boat designs that would be great for tiny houses. You can save a lot of money and build a comparable frame with as many options as you desire! I live in a town which is surrounded on three sides by water, in the middle of a river estuary. You will be shaping them and you will also be marking them for later installation of the deck beams. The hardest decision was to design my own or build from a set of plans that were already available.
Problem is, I had one canoe of our own, and a truck, but no canoe rack (and didn't want to drive all the way to the river with a 15 foot canoe hanging out the back).
We will show step by step the entire process using materials and techniques proven over many successful rebuilds. This project took me about four days working on and off and in a rush, so there were many corners cut and compromises made. Item's neededHot glue gunWaterproof led strip from ebay12v 6800ah lithium battery The project cost's $40 total. It's a simple design where the boat sits inside of the loop and stays on by being pushed forward. The camp and canoeists were running into trouble keeping themselves dry while launching and retrieving the boats!
Other times the weather is not suitable for a canoe, too windy, too wavy or I just want to cruise the waterways a little more efficiently.
I would use the laser to help me with some really cool projects like laser cut wood objects, led illuminated signs, engraved tile and much much more.
DIANNE’S ROSE was built to keep my wife happy, she was the inspiration asking for a more comfortable boat. We were completely comfortable inside, opening the rear windows for just the right air flow.
We have no marina or storage fees as she can be stored at home in our driveway (where she has served as a “bunky” to house extra company). Thunder, lightning and strong winds tossed the boats anchored outside our creek, we later found out a small tornado had touched down south of us, blowing down a barn, no one hurt. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. This version is in black and white and says it dates from 1967, but the one I saw was in colour and mentioned it was a little earlier. I have to look at the water every time I cross a bridge or pass a lake, and I envy the people I see on the water.
Yet the cold has not been a problem either as we have added a tiny portable wood stove that has warmed the cabin up when the outside is near freezing. One video shows Dianne and me getting swarmed by people as we anchor close in to shore, at a beach.


Later in the day we navigated down a long narrow channel (Lost Channel…really!) and thanks to our shallow draw of only six inches we slipped over submerged logs and rocks, settling into a wild lagoon for our first night on board. My thinking is we arrive at highway speeds so we have no need for the beautiful scenery we’ve come far to see, to go by in a blur!
I didn’t even get a chance to take a swim when we became hosts to an impromptu tour of our unique boat, not that I mind as it’s this attention that has been encouraging me to draw up plans. We set out later that morning in still strong winds with confused chop handling it with no problem being one of only a few out in the rough conditions (many may have been catching up on sleep)! We had snow on the river banks the last time out and enjoyed viewing hundreds of water fowl on their stopover, readying themselves to head south. This particular group came from much larger boats anchored farther out, picture mega yachts rafting together. I imagined how in past trips I would set up a tent, this would have been hellish to do in these rainy, buggy conditions. Confidence in such conditions comes from a high freeboard, a cabin that can be secured tight, a strongly built hull with divided compartments and a boat with positive buoyancy. This last apparently happened in 1996, 1972 and 10,000yrs back , Ducks and Geese that have forgot how to migrate being spoiled by the many previous warmer winters were shown in their news footage. They seem drawn to our little 17 X 8’ boat, perhaps surprised how we can get so close to shore.
With screens in place, we paid little attention to our pesky neighbours and instead enjoyed a dry spacious retreat. We are also approached at Gas Stations, Camp Grounds (it is also our camper), Launch Sites, and on the lakes we travel.
In spite of larger boats having the reputation of being safer, it’s my experience smaller boats bob between waves like a duck, never dealing with two waves at once.
One day I hope to be smart enough to follow their lead, taking Dianne (my wife) and DIANNE’S ROSE (my boat)!
A simple supper from our modest galley was soon ready (camp stove, sink on a 36 X 32” counter and a cooler that doubles as our coffee table when under way). In the meantime we must make an effort to enjoy water in all its forms so I’m thinking of heading out to go for a ride on our ice boat because this year we’re not going anywhere!
Not being overpowered we don’t run on top of waves, slamming as we go, but ride in the water as a displacement hull does!
It felt like we were sitting on the end of our cottage dock, with only the most determined mosquitoes finding us.
I took her out in 3 – 4 foot braking waves (not my wife, the boat) to test this theory. The boat has been described as something out of the Forty’s and I’m pleased as this is the charming impression I’d hoped to capture!
She performed well, light enough to rise over large waves and heavy enough to punch through smaller chop. Back inside it took about 15min to convert the two couches into a bigger than Queen Bed and snap curtains Dianne had sewn on all the windows for complete privacy.
There was lots of spray but not one wave broke on deck even when running broadside to the waves! Of course using good judgement is part of good seamanship, I intend to use her mostly on good weather days but I want confidence in case the weather turns!
It starts with a small private head that is also a closet and change room (the portable or composting toilet pushed under the rear deck). Bathing, if not in the lake can be done in a basin set in this aisle with a shower curtain to keep the surrounding woodwork dry (it’s sealed with epoxy anyways). She was soon asleep but I lay awake enjoying the rewards of two years of building (mostly good weather weekends, about 600hrs). The only other light came from a candle lamp that is our night light and used to discourage the night’s dampness from creeping in.



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