first time boat builder. considering houseboat
so i'm 24 and in a wheelchair. recently i had some things in my life that made me want to pursue a more free form of life. that came to me in the form of wanting to try the houseboat life.
with needing to keep atleast a 30" gap for my wheelchair here's my layout with the front to the left of the pictures. i just based it on a 20' by 8.5' pontoon platform. drawn to scale in autocad. 4' deck, 14 foot quarters, 2' rear deck for generator/propane etc.
oh, and i kept the highest counter at 36". not only because i'm in a wheelchair, but because i think being able to see out every corner from everywhere makes it more open.
sorry for total noob status
so starting from scratch i know i need to figure out all of these things:
i know nothing about any of this. well, starting to learn. the one thing i'm most wondering about is the price range i'm looking at.
for the kitchen, i just need to figure out power consumption for fridge, microwave. + any lighing on boat and entertainment consumption. wiring for 12/110
what materials are best for construction of walls, roof, insulation, etc w/ weight & cost in mind. never done anything w/ boats before but did my share of home upgrades and working on cars. my question is this. knowing i have to keep it as light as possible what would be the best material for floor, walls, roof, and joists?
The first thing you need to do is establish a SOR, then preform a rough weights estimate so you know how much hull(s) you need to hold all this up. Of course, this assumes you have enough engineering and hydrodynamics ability to process the information and apply it as best as you can to you SOR.
Considering the very basic nature of your questions, you aren't skilled enough to "design" a houseboat. This isn't meant to offend you, not everyone can, in fact very few can, so you're in the majority in this regard.
Buy a set of plans. Modify the inetiour arrangements to suit your needs, but the best advise anyone can offer you is to buy a set of plans.
my plan was to calculate weight and the balance of the weight. once i figured that out i was going to try and figure out the size pontoon needed and if it seems possible on my budget.
You should consider building the painter[dinghy] first, to see if boat-building is your cup of tea. Those results should be enlightening, to say the least.
The TITANIC sank because it had a hole in it(still does). Submarine Tom
You just can't put too much info on your patterns. DGreenwood
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