I need to build a design that you walk down into not a sit on top cabin design if that makes sense. This project for me is a challenge to try and make the Shanty as cheap as possible but of decent strong quality. I need it to be as easy to build as possible too as I have limited tools and limited carpentry skills although I am willing to learn. Any info and help would be appreciated and I have had a good read of other threads on here too. Here in BC the plywood list for that Selway-Fisher will eat up $4500.00 (including tax but no shipping). The other alternative would be to source a fiberglass (GRP) narrowboat hull and rebuild from there.
Wonderful idea, which ever plan you choose please post lots of pictures and keep us posted.
Before too many methods of build are considered, it might be good to look at the environment of a narrow boat. I saw a some live aboards on the canals and a few wooden boats and all appeared to be recycled from other uses. Just last night on ebay I found an old barn in good condition costing ?200 which would be perfect for the cabin.

A few years back I had an old fiberglass cruiser which needed a major refit and hull work to bring it up to standards. This kind of work is even harder than a clean build as I had to strip the boat before even starting on anything.
Then I would have had to extend the existing cabin so the whole thing would have looked very odd and shoe horned together. There are thousands of fiberglass and steel boats living together happily without many serious collisions. The problem with a lot of the fiberglass hulls is the headroom and then finding one without osmosis. To buy an old steel boat would cost more than the total build cost of a ply and epoxy hull and cabin. Then there is the whole process of dealing with any welding that needs doing and craning the steel boat in an out and welders are not cheap. That process can get very expensive on an old stinking mess of a boat that would require more hours than building a fresh shanty. I am doing this as a life challenge to see if I can build a budget home on the water and live a self sufficient life stripping away material excess. For power you could do something like a punt with a small outboard which would also give you some mobility while leaving the live aboard moored.

Thanks for that its a shame they don't sell an electronic version as I would have bought that.
If you want to build (as renovation is probably cheaper)have you thought of either a Maurice griffith waterwitch or an escargot. If waterwitch appeals to you i have half a waterwitch which i doubt i will get to build and several sheets of ply and a copy of beuhler backyard boat building too. Also don't forgot not all canals are 6'10" some are 10' and others 14' also a fiberglass hulls are pretty cheap too , or what about the Watson lifeboat listed on in the boat shed?
I am a stranger to strip planking as someone mentioned that method,how do you seal the gaps in the planks? I don't have pics as its frames and keel along side my house Pics are available on the eventide website.
To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. Most of these boats can be stretched or shrunk in all directions as they are pretty simple designs and lengthening or shrinking is simply a matter of adding or removing a frame or two.

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