48 Foot Tiny House Boat Project

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  1. Silvertooth
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    Here is my basic concept design of a radical new idea for a floating tiny house boat.

    Yes it is more house than boat. It’s designed only for canals or rivers.

    I know there is a lot to criticize like the flat bottom not very boat shaped, it is like this by design on purpose. As it’s mainly going to be stationary either floating or on land, I wanted the max use of space inside for the dimensions. Also for the economy and ease of build. It’s going to be very cheap and easy to build out of marine ply glass fiberglass over.

    Any suggestions welcome.

     
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    These designs are what inspired me. I wanted to build something like the wilderness boats design, but with removable pods fore and aft. The two pods I want to be similar to the Gorfnik micro cruisers which I absolutely love.




    I have also been very influenced by Dmitri Orlovs design of a house boat that sails, he calls Quidnon. I love Dmitris writings over the years, but I'm more after a river canal boat rather than ocean going sea vessel.
     

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    Random aside: yachtworld keeps putting ads in my web browsing and I saw this:

    1967 Chris-Craft COMMANDER 38 Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1967/---3463699?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9tvQ-6eK4wIVBOVbCh1lfQ6HEAEYASADEgKS7fD_BwE

    As a '67 I think it may possibly be one of those earlier fiberglass Chriscrafts before they got cheap with materials, which one writer said Was heavy (I can't exactly remember the joke made, something like a hull so heavy it couldn't get out of its own way) and tough ... unlike the boats from the 70s which for a time had hulls that were too thin.
     
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  4. JamesG123
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    When did 48" become "tiny"? lol

    The problem I see is that The Man would want to charge you thrice for the privilege of possessing a boat(s). Getting you little sub boats on and off the roof of the main boat would be quite the chore and how/where do you access them when up top?
     
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    I’m not going to go into any marinas or boat yards, who would charge me and for what?

    I have to pay a small fee for use of the canals, it it’s very cheaper per year for a permanent traveling license.

    The pods will be lightweight and two men could lift them down, but three or four people would be easier.
     
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    Why not just use a skiff with an outboard (electric or otherwise) to tow it? You could hook it to either end, and it detaches to meet your small-boat objective. If it’s lightweight it could be easily placed on the roof with a davit or by hand.

    On land it’s doubtful that you’ll be towing the houseboat long distances frequently, so either leave the skiff on the roof of simply haul it on a boat trailer in a separate trip.

    Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel (the skiff part), focus your creative talents on the houseboat portion. Lots of cool stuff you could do with that.
     
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    Great ideas

    The two skiffs are also part of the tiny house when in land lubbers mode.

    I would also like to make a second twin vessel so they could be made into a catamaran

    Or just a double wide narrow boat like here.

     
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    What cool stuf have you got in mind?
     
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    Oh I don’t know. That’s really up to you. But you have a wonderful palette to work with.
     
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    The two pods have been heavily inspired by the Gorfnik, which is an amazing little design.

    Obviously the pods can't have a hard cabin like the Gorfnik they will have sliding flush hatch covers.

    My pods will be 12'x6' each while the Gorfnik is only 8'x4'

    But my pods could also be bolted together back to back to make a small barge type vessel, capable of carrying a lot more people/ weight.
     

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    It has been said that for narrow canal boats you need a foot for every year of age.

    So when your 50 you need a fifty footer ect ect.

    My design will do me until I'm 72 :)

     
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    Ah, look up, IIRC, Texas sailing barge. These were craft that once commonly plied the Gulf coast. Unlike Dutch sailing barges they've usually got a centerboard, but some have Lee boards. Mainly different style bow and stern ... more square.
     

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    Yes I would like to have that possibility on my houseboat. I would have leeboards and masts with junk rig, a bit like the Quidnon houseboat that sails. There have been many flat bottom/sides houseboats that have the possibility of sailing.

    Also each of my pods will be able to sail just like the microcruiser called Gorfnik.

    But most of my use will be as a tiny house on wheels.
     

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