I have a 20' 1975 harris float boat that is fully readone with a 85 hp johnons on the back. I have 1986 24' harris with 19'' toons with a 85 force, my rear also was low in the water just as you described. Whether a luxury habitat or humble floating home, do you ever dream of sailing off into the sunset in your very own houseboat?
The Trilobis 65 is a semi-submerged masterpiece of cutting-edge design and ecological engineering. For some a floating home is a luxury or a hobby, but for others it may soon be (or already is) an absolute necessity. The German firm of Floating Homes GMBH has developed a number of sleek models, designs and real-life prototypes that take cutting edge German architectural design out onto the water. At the entire opposite end of the spectrum, these represent the ultimate in budget floating accommodations. Houseboats are all about freedom; casting away the ties to landlocked living and casting off to new adventures on the wine-dark sea!
Urban house boats are the best of both worlds, providing a private getaway with views of the water yet docked just steps from the excitement of the city. The picutre of the sinking houseboat shows EXACTLY the list position of my houseboat when I was a newbie on the river during my first snow.
I jumped into a pair of shorts and flip-flops and went outside, only to discover the lady who lived next door was in the water, nearly exhausted and hypothermic. It’s funny now, but at the time she swearingly refused to shed the coat so I could pull her to safety. Hey, the picture in the bottom is ours =) Take a look at our webpage…sorry for the swedish.
I am considering developing a houseboat community on some property that I own in Humboldt Bay, on the coast of Northern California, and would like to talk to interested investors.
Wooden Boat Plans for Amateur Boatbuilders – Excellent Performance, Simple Construction, Step by Step Instructions Australia, USA, UK, Hungary, S. The other is the simplest and cheapest plywood canoe that would still look good and work well – the Quick Canoe. Generally the lower end of the prices is building in Canada or the USA where materials are a lot cheaper than the rest of the world. The things the two plans have in common are the detail in the plans – anyone can build either of these boats following the step by step instructions.
The Eureka is based on classic canoe touring shapes from a time when canoes were used for real transport. One builder who has done quite a bit of canoeing told me he was pretty happy with 420 to 450 lbs but would not go much over that with his use. He is desperately trying to find free plans for his first attempt at building a canoe so he can try it out before spending heaps of money on the Eureka (which of course is what he wants at the end of the day). If you would be so kind as to let me know if this would be possible it would make an excellent birthday present for his 40th birthday in 3 weeks. I am sure that there are some carefully designed free plans with good information on the net somewhere, but even I don’t know how to find them amongst poorly designed and conceived ones with little help and support for builders that proliferate. One of the few ways you can be sure you are getting a good plan is to see if you can find people building them.
If I had a new design that needed to be tested I would consider asking your husband to build one. Actually, I backed into the PDR scene by going to your website to find Beth, but got sidetracked into the whole PDR thing. Beth, my sailing canoe plan, has good sailing manners but will capsize unless you are a very experienced racing dinghy sailor – if you can sail a Laser in 25 knots then BETH is more forgiving than that and gives a Cadillac type ride. The Eureka is more building and materials cost – it is so nice it deserves good materials. You will be able to see most of the pics and videos, but would have to be a member of the woodwork forum to see all of them – they are a good group and my forum has some of the best discussion on building and using boats that you will see. I am leaning toward the Eureka, as I am familiar with working with stitch & glue and epoxy, and love working with really nice Okoume (Gaboon?) ply. I have emailed with Paul, and I think the best thing for now is a Quick Canoe with your drop-in rig.
I appreciate your very detailed instructions, and even though I have built several boats, your instructions always remind me of something I need to have remembered, but didn’t.
A lot of them are just insurance to make sure things don’t go wrong and the build will be smooth.
MIK, I have purchased the plans for the drop-in sail rig, and also downloaded the free paddle plans.
The drop in rig has about 26 (I think) sq ft of sail which is quite conservative and will be Ok on either boat. But the basic sail rig will not produce something that is too tricky with either the Eureka or the Quick Canoe – so start with that.
You don’t need a table saw or router if you can buy the timber close to the finished dimensions you need. My name is Berca Iulian, i`m from Romania, i have electrical engineering studies i work develop new 3Phase inverters for Brushless motors and PMSM. I`m designing in Eagle-cad : brushless controller circuits, dc motor controller circuits,protection circuits,etc.
I`m constantly improving my design for a robust brushless controller, with all protection needed (overcurrent, over-temperature,fault output, torque control) also ramp acceleration and deceleration and adapting timing angle.
This is the newest version with 4 mosfet in parallel per switch  IR4110 but doesn`t matter what mosfet you use as the volgate and current is good for you. In the right upper corner command module and in lower corner a dc-dc converter module from ebay. The device uses a magnetron to produce microwaves which are directed into a metallic, fully enclosed conically tapered high Q resonant cavity with a greater area at one end of the device, and a dielectric resonator in front of the narrower end.
Test equipment: Current measurement, voltage measurement, temperature measurement, micro-gram scale.
Today after work, i will finish the setup and i will connect the frustum to a plate and suspend in the air from  4 nylon wires. I still do not know if the waveguide in a microwave oven plays other role than just feed the microwave in to the cavity.
In a few days i will receive 2 plates of  PCB singe-sided, and i will try them instead of cooper ends. Next step will be adjusting the current of the filament and maybe the frequency by adding 2 separate coils over the magnets with adjustable current, to try to change the oscillating  frequency.
I flipped the cone in the original setup and i have the thrust downwards (scale goes positive). Temperature discussion: during the tests the temperature of the frustum does not change to much maybe 1-2 degree.
Because i do not have a cooler to the magnetron i can not put a servomotor to continuously adjust the cavity length because  magnetron will heat fast. Unfortunately i can not continue tests for the moment because i moved from original location (another country) and i left the frustum, magnetrons, transformer, there.
After successfully building a brushless controller i have decided also to build my own brushless motor. Before start to design something you need to know the RPM needed,torque needed,running voltage, max Amps.

Delta connection will give you higher power per cooper amount, higher RPM, higher current, lower phase voltage.
STAR will give you lower RPM, higher torque (1,73 more than dela) , higher the voltate, lower the current. If the thickness of the magnet is bigger and  you will need a bigger magnetic field to start demagnetize it. Next step is to run mathematical analysis in magnetic field to see if i have some areas with saturated magnetic field.
Because the losses in the core lamination are increasing  with increase (non linear) in frequency we want to have a frequency as low as possible for max motor RPM. Custom Magnets received  and tested by heating up to 120 Celsius to see if  any drop in magnetic field occurs. After i found a place where to work to the car (a garage) i took out the ICE and i begun to measure all the interior spaces to see if the motor will fit. Now i`m also building a new Go kart controller.I will use the same logic board as the scooter. With four people on the raft, everyone could take turns doing 30 minute shifts, so the pace of the biking would be pretty quick, I would imagine. Location: Gulf Coast USA For economy I would use surplus 5 gallon polyethylene drums to make my pontoons.
One good thing about polyethylene barrels is that they are individually replaceable if they get damaged.
Have a look at a book called "THE KON-TIKI EXPEDITION" written by THOR HEYERDAHL about 6 guys rafting across the Pacific Ocean! Now there's a real adventure and there is at least a real goal: ending your adventure on some Polynesian Island! Originally Posted by qwist04 Since I'm back on here and thinking about it, these are my latest plans for a raft.
If you actually want to make useful progress under pedal power I would suggest you determine likely total displacement, design the optimum boat and then look at how you can get close to that with available materials. You can make some nifty multiple station drive arrangements so all four could pedal at once driving a common shaft.
Also, if anyone could point me to other raft plans that might be more efficient than the Vilma B, I would greatly appreciate it. Guest625101138 Previous Member   If you make an estimate of the overall weight of the boat and items you want to transport then I can do some hull designs that would be easily driven and very simple to make from ply. Making the drive stations is not too hard if you have basic engineering skills like welding or brazing. If you can keep the weight to about 1 tonne then 4 fit pedallers could make surprising progress. It's sorta odd that your using nearly the exact same design as i am,and basing it on the same raft.I think the vilma b is a faveourite of non-barrel raft builders because it's a simple design,and can be easily extended.
I'm planning to turn the heels of the bike i am using into a paddle wheel,with the rear wheel being attached to an extended chain (3 together?!).
Does this sound like a bad idea?I know it mightn't be incredibly efficient,but i might make two.Depends what you guys think! I also think you would be better off making hulls with pointy bow and stern rather than the bluff ends of Vilma B. If you make an estimate of the total weight I can give you designs for optimum rectangular section hulls.
Originally Posted by Rick Willoughby If you make an estimate of the overall weight of the boat and items you want to transport then I can do some hull designs that would be easily driven and very simple to make from ply. It is very interesting that we are considering very similar trips on a similar raft (just on a different river).
Guest625101138 Previous Member   I have attached a lines plan for hulls of a 23ft catamaran.
The hulls could be simplified even more but this is just what Godzilla produced for a square chine and length constraint. Location: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Thankyou for your advice rick,i will go with your advice.I now know how to bend wood so i can scrap the bicycle wheel idea!So glad!
Qwist-the difference between our trips is that mine is of roughly 10 miles-yours is more than 100 times that! Location: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne No response?!oh and-i think it's this theread-guppy-could oyu post a larger picture of your avatar? Location: CA Is anybody familiar with the fishing rafts found along the wolf river in central wisconsin? If anybody knows what I'm talking about, would this type of raft, possibly enlarged, make a suitable vessel for going down the mississippi? When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals.
The boat has two 19" toons under it currently and I am unhappy with the way it sits in the water. Just want it to get out of the water a little higher.The log is the same length as what I have now.
When I added my center tube from the manufacturer, they made it to sit back a good foot and a half more than the original transom.It actually makes the boat handle a little better.
With smaller logs you can't just build a transom onto the end of the log like the newer style boats. Some of these are dreamy but completely out of reach while others you may be able to afford but wouldn’t want for the world. These modular living spaces are designed to be plugged into a network of docks, free to roam or to aggregate as desired. Take residents of Amsterdam for example: 20% of the country is already underwater and concerns about life on land have prompted some creative designs for future living. Some of their designs look like normal residences floating on flat modernist planes in oceanic space while others seem adapted to their dual purpose of resting and as well as gliding along the surface of the water.
Houseboat marinas are either publicly or privately owned and the earth underwater is governed by various federal and state regulations. Getting to the parking lot is a bit of an upleasant hike in inclement weather, but you make up for it in nice weather.
Moorages sit below land level and the noises of traffic and life on the soil amplify out an up; not over and down. In her sixties and retired, she and her husband liked to make the rounds of the establishments on the island.
When she slipped on the ice and hit the water that coat just about quintupled her bodyweight and she didn’t have the muscle strenght to pull herself out. I know sappy story, but true…anyway, please let me know what we can do at this point to move forward with this dream of his. It sounds like a nice boat and possible to do for someone who has never built a boat before. I paddled one 700kms doen the river murray, fantastic in flat water not so good when it gets rough. The time rinse obtained with avago IC ACPL-P343 was 1,2uS at 12Khz, not so good  if you want the switching losses low. The inventor claims that the device generates a directional thrust toward the narrow end of the tapered cavity.
If the magnetron does not have any load the temperature should rapidly increase i think, even though the microwave oven will not burn (overheat) if left on without any food inside.

So i will need to manually adjust the length for each test to  observe the scale and then let the magnetron to cool ant test again.
This is not very easy task because you need hi temperature magnets and are not so cheap and easy to find for your needed size. The actual temperature where magnet start to loose strength is size, shape and magnetic circuit dependent. I'm tentatively thinking of rigging a bicycle to a propeller (probably a large model airplane prop). I planned to base the raft on the Floating Neutrinos' because it seems like really knew what they were doing.
I am unsure how I would design and build it; might you know of somewhere I can find plans for something along those lines? I was thinking of something about 18x12 feet, propelled using push poles similar to skiffs one might see in bogs or salt flats.
I handles ok but it seems the rear of the logs are under water almost all the way under full throttle. This collection spans the extremes of design and brute-force ingenuity: from the obscenely luxurious to the absurdly simple (and click here for more underwater and oceanic oddities). Residents enter into a common space on a main floor before moving into a lower observation deck with 365-degree views of the surrounding underwater environment or private cabin spaces above.
Necessity is the mother of invention and this case is no exception with Dutch designers stepping up to the challenge of creating modern floating homes suitable to more permanent living. Like the Trilobis the Jelly-Fish submerged lower deck for dining, drinking and viewing ocean life.
The houseboats themselves are classified as personal property and may be subject to personal property taxes (depending on where you live), not real estate taxes. He took her inside and I went back to bed, only then realizing that I was colder than ice from being outside in freezing weather with nothing more on than a pair of bermuda shorts.
The device (engine) requires an electrical power source to produce its reflecting internal microwaves but does not have any moving parts or require any reaction mass as fuel. Always discharge the capacitor by putting 100kOhm resistor on the ends and also to the external case for your safety.
When you remove the weight it should not indicate -1Kg if the fight against the spring was real.
I decided to make a reverse outrunner motor design because is more easy to cool the stator if is outside. If you have a magnet attached to a piece of steel  i will demagnetize at higher magnetic flux than in a free space. With cross pieces and a plywood cover, total dimensions will be about 16' wide by 18' long. I know there have been a few pedal-powered boat threads, but I have not found any information on anyone building a pedal-powered raft. With about 1700 miles of pedaling to do if I go to NOLA, I want the best efficiency possible in a raft. On top of a wooden platform are small shacks, some simply thrown together to keep out rain, others resembling small houses more than shacks(one that i'm familiar with has bunkbeds for 5, cabinets, a large counter space, and an outhouse). For navigating the locks and dams, I would mount an outboard to the back for greater maneuverability, however on open sections of river and in situations where I wonbt need to avoid barges, running the engine non stop seemed a waste of fuel. Boat has been babied and well maintained for the last 10 years, under my ownership (I am second owner). I bought a stripped boat for $400 and actually just sold the second log last summer for $250 so the log was the cheapest part for me. Well, one simple way is to combine the two necessary elements using the cheapest and easiest objects available: a simple floating surface and a ready-made trailer or mobile home. With a snifter of Grand Marnier and a roaring fire in the fireplace I reasoned there was no better place to be in a snowstorm. The moorage owner (if private) will have some real estate tax liability which, of course, would be apportioned and passed on as part of the moorage fee that each float owner pays. After discharge put the ends in short circuit and wait for a couple of seconds to be absolute sure that there is no voltage. By changing the current in the coil around the magnet i will change the magnetic field created, overimpose to that of the magnet.
I have considered barrels, too, but I was under the assumption that this would be less efficient than the pontoons. With some quick estimates on weight it seems like I can easily keep everything under 1 tonne. No diffrence up or down with the steering, the only diffrence is I'm about 5-6 inches higher that before, and no more sagging tubes as you described it. A spiral staircase joins the five stories of the floating habitat and ample windows accommodate views in all directions from all levels. Unfortunatley, as I slept through the night, the rest of the owners in the moorage where outside raking the snowpacks off their roofs. The device was also tested in vacuum with the thrust is sill present so the air convection or other possible air movement is ruled out.
The sponsorship idea is something we are considering; we're also thinking about doing the trip as a benefit so we could try to get companies to donate things we need. They may be used elsewhere, but to my knowledge ive only heard of or seen them used along the wolf river.
The only thing I would say is to think about going with a larger toon in the middle, as long as you do not have trailer issues? Even the walkways were getting seriously close getting overlapped at one point so I was told. In fact, houseboat moorage slips (and related fees) have been appreciating over the years in the US as environmentalism has continued to punitively hammer at those who prefer living on the water (fish first), making it near impossible for new moorages to open, or existing moorages to expand. I hope i can change enough to find the resonance frequency of the frustum and hope for higher thrust. You could sit sideways like this with simple bike chains onto the shaft to swing a decent prop.
People could pledge money to an organization for every 50 miles we go, or something along those lines. When I awoke in the morning and looked out my bedroom window I thought: How did the river level get so high in just on night? And for a first time builder, are there any considerations I should contemplate in the spirit of being realistic before I take on this project?
My boat had 2 gas tanks that were ontop of the logs but I added crossmembers and a new rear deck in it's place.There is more info and pics in my full rebuild thread over at the pontoonstuff forum. Just half-awake, my first moment of panic was immediately replaced with a second moment of panic as I jumped out of bed into about fifteen inches of water, my first thought being: I’m going to get electrocuted! I drained both the hot tub and waterbed (which restored the float to normal) and called my insurance agent.

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