Thanks to the Tiny House Blog for the pointer (they also have some interior pictures).
OK, just a great, funny story from the All About Houseboats folks.
I told my wife, prior to leaving for Shasta, I was going to shave my head. She said "Why not do it on the houseboat? I just cleaned the bathrooms!" I said, ‘OK.’
The next morning we left for Shasta with some friends, boarded the houseboat, went to one of my favorite coves on the Squaw Creek Arm, tied up, opened a beer, and I went aft to shave my head.
I had just completed the right side, when I switched hands to do the left side; my hand hit the ladder to the sundeck, and the 2 week-old Remington Electric razor dropped like a stone, bounced off the deck, and blithely scooted under the rail and into about 30′ of water!
It didn’t end there… check out the link for the rest 🙂
We continue to see abandoned boats be a problem in the poor economic circumstances many people are experiencing. I saw articles on CNN and Fox News just today.
The Boggsville Boatel is another take on making practical use of some of the abandoned fiberglass hulls that marinas wind up collecting.
“What on earth were you thinking?” seemed to be the most popular response when friends first laid eyes upon my latest purchase; a 57′ Carri Craft named â€˜The Aristocat’.
I’m glad David managed such a successful rebuild. From a sunken and scrapped mess of a hull, to a boat they enjoy. A true labor of love.
Panbo has a link to this nifty looking "houseboat". Really more of a barge made to look boatlike, it’s a rentable, on-the-water cabin.
Robinhood Marine Center in Maine has the Island 40 Tessie Ann set up for you to find a secluded cove and camp a few days. Rents with a 15′ runabout to explore with.
I found this page an interesting collection of comments and information about a design I had never seen before. Been many years since it was built, but looks like it might have been a nice boat.
Just like Noah I had a sudden urge to buy a houseboat. The Noah reference will become obvious later. Well the urge was actually inspired by an ad in the local paper for a houseboat for sale for only $9000. 20 metres by 6 metres well equipped. There had to be a catch but I just had to check this out. The sale process was a "dutch auction" where the seller seeks increasing offers until they reach an acceptable amount and then agrees to sell. A phone call and an inspection revealed why the price was so low.
PROBLEM No 1.
Heard of the droughts affecting Australia? A consequence of the drought is that the Murray Darling river system is in a state of extreme stress. Water levels have dropped 2 metres. This boat had not been moved from its mooring in a marina in time to escape the water level drop. It is sitting on the bottom and it is possible to walk around the boat on dry ground. A bit off putting as no-one knows if or when the water will return.
Some obvious wood-rot on the hull. roof, some of the frame. Much worse than the owner was letting on. My estimate was that about 10% of the boats plywood sheeting needed replacing along with a few minor sections of the framework.
Indeed the boat was well equipped. The cabin interior was well fitted out and in very goog condition. 3 bedrooms, 1 with ensuite, a great galley, a main bathroom, all rooms furnished, All plumbed and wired as new, a great forward wheelhouse, a Ford 4 cyl diesel marine inboard only 400 hrs on the clock, stern drive, hydraulic steering.
I threw caution to the wind and offered $11,000.
My offer was noted and things went quiet. A couple of months later I got acall to see if I was still interested. There had been bigger offers but n one had materialised. What was my offer now? I stuck to my original offer of $11,000 More silence for a few weeks and then the owner rings and says he will accept my offer.
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
The transaction completed, my, actually "our" (I have wife – Patricia, a trusting soul), the adventure begins.
I don’t read German, so I don’t know many of the details, but the pictures are pretty self explanatory. Neat looking little Shantyboat.
We had a link to some of these boats before, but this page has a bunch more pictures and a lot more detail about some of the possible trips.
Traditionally, the Kerala houseboat was called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Unbelievable as it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a Kettuvallam…