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Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Connie C, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. waikikin
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  2. WestVanHan
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    Connie,you may have your heart set on this one but it won't hurt to look around.

    Search for houseboat or shantyboat or whatever on all of Craigslist.
    http://www.adhuntr.com/

    Same thing yachtworld:

    http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/advancedSearch.jsp

    Also,I have seen no mention on how much you'd like to spend...we've all seen new people on here expecting to build a large or nice boat in little time with nowhere near enough money.
    There's been a few home boat builders on here that have underestimated costs and time,run out of money,lost all their assets,and were broke with an unfinished vessel when they could have bought a good used on for a fraction of the money.
     
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    It's fine, right near the door for ventilation, when I saw the bloke adjusting it... first time
    i thought he was putting the kettle on.

    Jeff.
     
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    I came across this film clip from 1955 in Britain - an amphibious shanty boat with some pretty neat ideas for then.

    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/amphibious-caravan/query/otter boat

    Although I don't think they had much GM when pottering along with all the crew sitting on the roof........ and the access door in the port stern quarter didn't look very watertight, giving an effective freeboard locally of perhaps 8".
    Would have been nice if the film could have shown how they controlled the rudder.
     
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    Thanks. Most of what I see for sale, new and used, are way to big for what I want.
     
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    Thanks for that. Great concept - watch the owner tip the whole boat off the trailer into the water by himself - no assistance from the car. Veerrrry light. I would probably have a bit of a centreboard built in for wind control because of that.

    Rudder control would be easy with some lines through the transom.
     
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    The other day I was speculating if something along the lines of the Kampmaster, http://youtu.be/cJRaDOHdlZU, -- or the Wild Goose -- might be successfully adapted for just such use and still provide reduced wind resistance when towing.

    Maybe with a 5' or so aft cockpit / porch added so the back door lets out onto something?
     
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    Whats the max length? Would a 24' Sea Camper be too big?

    Can pick them up for not a whole lot....likely not much more or possibly less than what you may spend building. And it'd be a lot more seaworthy.
    I have one,rescued it from being chopped up.
    Ther's a couple on Craigslist for sale.

    You tube and there are Yahoo groups for all sorts of small houseboats.

    Land and Sea also comes to mind.
     

  11. Connie C
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    The drawings I posted at the beginning of the thread show the size I want. The cabin would be 12 feet long and about 7 1/2 feet wide. The hull would be however much longer it would need to be for that size cabin.
     
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