The Composite Boat Building Program instructs students in the construction of modern boats victimisation composite materials such as fibers resins and core materials. I have been devoting my time to come up with ways to be more self-sustainable and to recycle more and I would love to build my boat using these materials.
If anyone has any ideas on materials to use---keep in mind I will be building this from the ground up---let me know! Location: Kentucky Well I have a few people I know that own junk yards so I could get materials very cheaply, plus I am just wanting to build something from scratch. Originally Posted by jgonda27 Well I have a few people I know that own junk yards so I could get materials very cheaply, plus I am just wanting to build something from scratch. Location: Milwaukee, WI Restoring an old boat is the most self-sustainable option. It seems like the Bateau is more for that and the Cape Codder is more for picking a spot and staying.
The reason I planned to use a concrete base was for low cost, maintenance and high stability due to the heavy weight down low. Take a look and see what you think you could build, how much it would cost, where it could go, and how much it could sell for. I bought the plans for the Bateau 'houseboat', and i think it would suit you a lot better.
It has the advantage of 'simple' build, you can build the hull from the plans, and just about go freeform for the superstructure.
I had these superstructure designs done for me because I wanted a bit more modern look, but equally, you could go quite 'homemade' without affecting the integrity of the hull. Location: Eustis, FL Even with the Bateau design, you'll be limited in the sea state conditions you'll want to be out in.
The CapCodder isn't a boat, but a floating home, so don't even consider trying to power this around, unless moving from one slip to the next or bouncing along a shore (at great expense) in very calm weather. Simply put, you can't have your cake and eat it too, generally, but some are much better suited than others. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals.
The Schwimmhaus by German architects Confused-Direction is a green hausboot (oops, house boat) designed to float around or just stay put on the shore.
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I've often thought it would be cool to live in a floating home and recently tried a short stint in an old sailboat.


In the United States most local governments make it difficult or even impossible to have a floating home.
In response to "Logdog's" question concerning where he might get a permit for a floating home in NW Washington.
I live in the Netherlands, and a lot of dutch people would disagree with your definition of a house boat.
I like the concept quite a bit, and have drawn and made some preliminary plans for my own version, not in the smaller scale(s), however. The VCG seems like it will create stability problems, at least my plans' figures ended up that way? The roll of plum sided scows that are top loaded can be a big amplitude and long period, so living on a small one needs to be in very low traffic areas unless the VCG is down inside the hull; near as possible to the waterline. So I changed to well decks in most of my designs, that is- just dropped the living spaces down into the hulls so they were not longer decked over but were now well deck scows. If you'll be providing cut files for metal versions will you also be providing plywood and joinery cut files for the interior so that could be constructed light wt as well? As to propulsion (making them a passenger vessel ) a small diesel can be packaged with a marine gear on one end, and a clutched generator head on the other.
Sure like the images of your ideas, they just look top heavy for any kind of open sea movement- I guess if you pick your weather? Now on the smaller boats, such as the Houdini and the Egret, these that are narrow enough to trailer, it gets a bit more tricky. I am thinking that an aluminum house over a plywood barge would really pay off as far as VCG is concerned in these types of little floating hideaways.
With the cabin top surface area a bunch of the new 285W panels that can be had for under a buck a watt ,with a small pile of batteries , comfortable QUIET living would be EZ.
Have you looked thru other subject threads on this forum dealing with floating houses, cabins, etc? Location: Tasmania,Australia Just adding this link - a Sam Devlin designed floating box, 28' x 12 ' version. The era of fibreglass and other modern boat building materials revolutionized boating mid last century.
Striking the balance of sufficient strength with light weight is more an art than science, and one where design limits to various modern materials are constantly tested and expanded. While cruising safety and performance remain top priorities, creature comforts and automated systems are close behind. Fast and furious are the hallmarks of modern launches along with the ability to push a well tuned engine and drive system to arrive at the cruising or fishing destination in short order. Composites also such equally ferrocement and wood resin which are nonetheless Indiana use in boatbuilding.


I have a riverboat series that are better suited to cruising, but these are boats, designed to move well, that just happen to have large accommodations and aren't Winnebago's on a barge or oversize Jon or Garvey hulls with a big box on their decks. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside from most maritime-y houseboats, and a green roof adds freshness and sustainable cred.
Does anyone know who an individual would contact in order to explore the permitting process?
The Schwimmhaus is, by accepted definition, a "Floating Home" not a "houseboat." Houseboats are recreational, self-propelled vessels. My son and I are thinking about building one like this just to determine if we like it, and if it's doable for the average diy builder. Quality Composite Materials Core Cork Carbon Aramid and Hybrid Reinforcements for Green Construction and Alternative vigour Sources. The Bateau hull form will be fine for protected waters, with occasional bouts with some chop, but semi protected and open water will quickly overwhelm this type of hull form (with assumed superstructure). The very quick volume increase in these forward sections will produce undesirable sensations underway in a rough slosh, to say the least. Windage is a real issue with this boat type and one of the major reasons they must remain in protected waters. Still under construction, Schwimmhaus is being built from wood salvaged from an old farm house in addition to other sustainable building materials. I realize it may not be an easy undertaking but feel confident if I could obtain the permits I could manage the rest of the factors. However, there is not likely to be much of a market, and certainly not any waiting list in Portland or Seattle, or any other city in the US. The materials exploited to build our boats and fabrications range from woodwind instrument to atomic number 6 We build composite boat building materials. The problem is that all US waters that can accommodate floating homes are governmentally-owned and essentially every possible berth that might be available is already owned and occupied. The Pros and Cons of blank space Age Materials in Boat Building Composite only way the combination of ii operating theater more materials to make amp Fiberglass a. NO more berths are being created, and in fact, in most jurisdictions, governmental agencies want living on the water in a permanent dwelling to be abated. Is your Charles Herbert Best source for Boat Building Supplies Boat Kits Boat Plans Kayak Kits Composites Balsa Nida pith Vacuum Bagging Supplies composite boat building materials. The view is that living on the water should not be allowed, because the waters belong to ALL the people, and when people live on them, they are restricting their use for recreation by the general public.



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