Location: Milwaukee, WI Water tanks are replaced when they are corrode and leak. Boston Previous Member   while I wouldnt go so far as the previous I am also planning a build for a live aboard, although mines going to be along the lines of the old style commuter yachts. Find someone you trust, get self educated as to what you basically want and go in with a succinct but flexible plan. Location: Michigan Whos job is gonna be rounding up two of every animal to put aboard? Ill be building it myself as having been involved in construction my whole life I can assure you if you want something done right you really do need to do it yourself. Am working up the funds now and should be starting in the next year or two depends on what the economy does. Im developing the modifications that will make it seaworthy and will be presenting them to a NA eventually once I have a grip on what my options are and how they interact with the rest of the boat. Location: Michigan Well good luck, that would take one man a lifetime to design and build a quality boat like that, and about 250,000 - 500,000 or more depending on what materials are used and such. Other than that Im loading up a futon, a folding table and chairs, a cooler, a grill, a mini fridge, speakers and a radio, a captians chair, and chicks.
Now this is a houseboat, that runs on an outboard and can actually navigate rivers and small bays too. Location: Gulf Coast Poly Pontoons I am currently looking for house boat plans too. Location: Eustis, FL Those old Whit designs are little more then floating Winnebagos. Originally Posted by PAR Now this is a houseboat, that runs on an outboard and can actually navigate rivers and small bays too. Diagonals And Offset Tables » Thread Tools Show Printable Version Email this Page Display Modes Linear Mode Switch to Hybrid Mode Switch to Threaded Mode Search this Thread Advanced Search Similar Threads Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post Has anyone here started a boat building business from scratch? When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals.
Originally Posted by Dave-Fethiye Probably the ballast can be 3 of the said barrells filled with concrete. I thought that you mat be interested in these photos that I took of two floating platforms.
Maybe this is of some use to Madman's plans - afterall you could put anything on these platforms. Location: Nova Scotia, Canada Thanks Dave, that's just what I'm looking for.
So if you’re going to build a boat, why not combine it with a tiny house and build one you can spend some time on! Chris Carr’s Darwin ,  is one really great example of houseboat building and great boat design. The great thing is, there are lots of varied plans and designs…different designs for different uses.
There are some pioneering folks in Vermont who are involved in a project that will prove the commercial value of a “triloboat” derived sailboat design. I’m sure the first thing our primitive ancestors thought when they say some bird standing on a floating log was “how many logs would I have to tie together to be able to stand like that?” The beginning of boating. I looked on Craigslist and quickly found a 27’ 1989 Catalina for $9,500 and that included a 2 year old Tohatsu 9.9 kicker.
While thinking about ways to retire cheap I thought about the idea of retiring on a houseboat.
On Lake Norris in Tennessee it will cost between $250 and $450 a month and there is a waiting list everywhere. At the Gangplank Marina in Washington,DC it will cost you about $12 bucks a month per foot on a yearly basis, plus electricity. Some folks report that they were quoted as much as 20% of the boats value for a years insurance.


To sum it all up, if you add all these costs together it can easily cost $750 and more a month to live full-time on a boat or a houseboat. Most boat owners who live full-time will tell you that they don’t do it to save money, they do it because they love boats and the lifestyle. Please leave a comment or suggestion on how to make this blog better Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. In South Australia, ( the land down-under the land down-under) lies the beautiful little city of Mannum.
With marine plywood and all the various water proofing materials in place this boat is ready for the top.
The builders chose to top this shantyboat with some insulation membrane and a sheet metal roof. This shantyboat building project is not quite finished at this time, but you can follow the progress all the way by checking the thread on The Wooden Boat Forum.
What I would strongly recommend is hangin out and reading up on a lot of different threads here.
Lots of folks live on houseboats and so can you, just that if your designing your own and its your first, your going to be making lots of mistakes and you need someone to be watching out for you.
I hope to be on the water by June 10th and house part built by July 4th so I can go out and watch fireworks on the lake.
The pontoons and their support framing will account for about 12% of the total build effort required on a vessel as you've described.
I will power it with any outboard but will probably tow it to its ancorage site with my boat. From Key West, Florida to Kodiak, Alaska or even down under in Murray, Australia they are rolling out the houseboat plans and laying out  the tools.
That’s OK, but think of the pride you’ll have cruising along in a beautiful small houseboat you built with your own hands! Built on sections of treated plywood pontoons, it can easily be cruised along the Albermarle sound for day trips or lived on full-time. This little barge houseboat is so nice that even the old-time boat building snobs who usually turn their noses up at the flat-bottomed crowd are giving it up for Kerry Elwood and his homemade houseboat. Some houseboats are just big floating barges that stay anchored in a marina and hook up to the shore for all the conveniences of a regular home. The construction of your own houseboat would do much to satisfy all the primal “boat building” urges that reside in the heart of man.
So he makes a great big raft out of logs and ties them together with “coconut fiber rope” and floats across the river. I’ve figured out the cost of a small houseboat several ways and it always comes out to at least $15,000.
And did he do a great job or what! The Darwin, is one of the coolest looking little houseboats around, and he figures it cost him about $12,000 to $15,000 to build it. True, its not a “houseboat” or even a tiny home but it’s a live aboard boat that does pretty much the same thing. Even if I never hoisted the mainsail I could slide along the waterways for about ? gallon an hour.
For more on houseboat insurance read Insurance If you are still reading at this point I think you too are dreaming about building a houseboat.
The thing that I really find amazing is this was done without a table saw –Just hand tools and a radial arm saw ! The insides of the pontoons were then covered with three layers of water-proof membrane coating. All the seams have been sealed to keep the weather out and gutters were installed along the edges to collect water if needed. My theory is dont cheep out on the guy watching your back, you can build it yourself out of all kinds of funky stuff but get an NA to watch out for you or one of those mistakes may cost you or your family more than you can afford to loose. Maybe someone has a persepective that will help both of us with using the right hull or pontoon design to suit your needs.


The way he built the pontoons in sections and then bolted them together is a unique way of houseboat building and definitely worth some extra study and consideration.
See the fun and the challenges, as well as some serious setbacks he encountered building this great houseboat.
If you ask me this boat shouldn’t be in the water …it should be in a boat museum!
In fact, they have already made their first trip down the Hudson river to New York and delivered agricultural goods all along the way!
Also, it would be much easier to push along at hull speed and way more acceptable in most marinas. Add to that a pump-out fee of $60 if you’re not in a marina with free pump out and the price could run $520 to $640 a month. You can get a yearly pump-out contract for about $400 to $500 and the dock usually supplies the water. But, if you desire different and possibly interesting lifestyle it is a great alternative to sitting in your 2 bedroom condo looking out the window for the mailman to go by. Originally built in 1897, this beautiful example of riverboat building has been completely restored and currently offers cruises from the Mannum dock. One of the reasons for building pontoons in sections is to keep the weight of each section lighter. The attention to details is evident in the pictures or the bolts and nuts used to tie it all together.
The wood edge is held up from the deck to reduce water damage as well as being set over-hanging the bottom plate to create a very strong mechanical connection. I plan on taking my projector and Xbox and playing on a 6' screen in the middle of the lake!!!
The holes are just the right size to allow water in but restrict it's movement out of the bag.
While commercial houseboat sales in the US have dropped  from over 500 a year  12 years ago to  around 100 a year  this year, its still possible to build  your own houseboat and enjoy  fun of living on a houseboat. While this riverboat was built over a century ago, nearby the long tradition of building fine boats and houseboats lives on. I have been building custom structures for years in my neck of the woods, and grew up on the water, even so, I plan on getting a naval architect to assist me and check everything Im planning, a second and informed opinion is invaluable in a one off custom. Some insurance companies offer boat insurance as part of a larger package, so check with your homeowner’s insurance company first. Building a little houseboat that you can motor about in and still enjoy some of the comforts of home. With modern plywood, fasteners and epoxy finishes a nice small houseboat can be built and enjoyed for decades. They don’t want you puttering in and around their million dollar yachts without the insurance to pay for the damage. The barrels will flood when you put the raft in the water and provide your ballast free of charge. If you lose control in docking or in a high wind you might need the insurance to build a houseboat for someone else!
The 2" holes will be small enough to restrict the flow of water out of the barrels when it's moving. The benefit is when you drydock the raft the barrels just drain and you don't have to haul a couple tonnes of concrete out of the water.



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