Trailable house boat

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Quidnic, Sep 16, 2021.

  1. Quidnic
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    Quidnic Junior Member

    What are the best designs for something we could use as a caravan but also launch and sail sometimes?
  2. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    Need more details about sizes; destinations, etc.
  3. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    As Fallguy mentions above, please elaborate a bit more as to your current thoughts behind this house boat.
    How many people will it have to accommodate, and for how long at a time?
    What will your typical cruising areas be like - eg very calm lakes or rivers, and / or coastal areas as well?
    What is the maximum speed desired?
    You mention 'launch and sail' - are you looking for a houseboat that has the capability of actually sailing, or just motoring?
    I presume you mean a sailing houseboat (as this thread is in the Sailboats forum) but I just wanted to confirm.
    If so, how 'good' does it have to be at sailing? Will she have to sail to windward effectively, or maybe just on a beam or broad reach occasionally, with anything closer to the wind being done with the 'iron topsail'?
    Are you intending to build the boat yourself?
    If so, what would be your preferred hull material (eg plywood, foam sandwich, aluminium.........)?
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