Every time we go camping at Clear Lake near Mount Hood in Oregon, I used to jealously walk past all of the canoes, kayaks and rowboats dotting the shoreline of the lake, waiting to be taken out into the water for hours of fishing and paddle-borne awesomeness. We currently have a small Honda CR-V, and I just couldn’t imagine pulling a full-size boat on a trailer with it, so the idea of a small boat that I could transport on top of it was very attractive. So, being that I also love to experiment with projects outside of my comfort zone, I started to imagine building a small plywood boat that I could then fiberglass and make seaworthy, or, I mean lakeworthy. After researching several videos and websites (Hannu’s Boatyard is a classic website and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife have an excellent instructional Youtube video), I decided to try and make my own 2 sheet plywood boat. So, with most of the thoughts and plans in my head, I quickly sketched a basic layout of the boat on a piece of paper and went to the lumber yard.
Seriously, this homemade boat CAN be made with only two sheets of plywood, some fiberglass cloth and polyester resin (you can also use epoxy), screws, bondo, and paint, and will only cost you approximately $150 in materials. Working with the Forum for Alternative Belfast Fab Lab and Belfast City Council processes were developed to assist the group of architects in building a scale model of Belfast. A 3d model of the city centre was drawn and process of how to create the buildings was experimented with using Fab Lab technology.
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Plans4Boats is backed by a full 60-day moneyback guarantee.  It costs $49, and you get every penny of that back if you choose to not use it. I havent even given it much thought yet but, I guess something about 18' long and probab 8' wide.
Mark Willis, in Stuart, Fl., a custom yacht builder now has a kit available for a flats boat. Deadwood is a name that pops up on occasion and is linked to what some of us presume are aliases. Should you build your own houseboat, I think so, since I now plan on building a second, bigger house boat this time. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world. If so I am curious to see pics and the process from start to finish including the do's and donts. I'm sure there is a lot of work that goes into that boat and they'll sell some to the lucky few, but wow, even I was surprised by that number. Jumps into threads with a lot of negative posts that are generally barely on topic (or off topic completely) just to piss people off.
Now there are over 200 Fab Labs from the inner cities of the USA to the villages of Africa.
I enjoyed building it so much that I am going to build my second one, a 26' x 104' aluminum hull houseboat, with a 20 x 40 cabin.


For those traveling intercoastal waterways, back rivers and estuaries, 26 feet in width is way to wide. There are a few bridges I can get under with a party top, but couldn't fit width wise, at 26 feet.
It was lots of fun to build but there are times when I thought I had bit off more than I can chew. I have emailed a couple of pics taken last year to the editor, and hoping he will post them for me. Maneuvering such a width in our areas, would keep us in the Gulf of Mexico, even some channels are hard enough to maneuver with an 18 foot width.
Possibly you can send me an email by using our contact form, and you will be able to attach a picture in the return email, and I will be able to attach it to your posting.Are you building the houseboats to sell them, or will you just keep them both? How is the fact that you have a 26 foot beam, is this creating a problem in your area?Again, thanks for letting us know that it was "simple", but not an easy project, that required seven years of hard work, but allowed you to accomplished a lifelong dream. I see that you are a dedicated houseboat builder :)Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their own lifelong dream, houseboat building experiences. Go ahead click the book and sign-up, it's free and filled with great articles, tips, information and website updates.



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