Designing, constructing, and living aboard a houseboat.
Living on the Landlord Independent provided a unique juxtaposition between a life in the city and home on the frontier. The boat found restage in the many hidden and beautiful oases which fill the waterways of Providence, Rhode Island. Doing without some domestic comforts seemed inconsequential when surrounded by the magnitude and beauty of the outside environment.
On board, summertime cookouts were a common occurrence with a revolving cast of friends, family, fishermen, and people from the community. All through the changing seasons of New England we would move the boat between a variety of more or less rural anchorages. Along the way, the houseboat drew the interests of spectators, friends, foes and allies. Opinions on the boat varied from eyesore to masterpiece.
Unequivocal among the Landlord Independent’s characteristics was the combined forward force of Zach and myself. It is a force defined by our unmatched ability to imagine, plan, and then build our own reality.
Maximizing the boats potential for relaxing
A simple cooking setup
Our living room couch
The boat at the end of a pier before a snow storm
Beginnings of a snowstorm
A cleaning and inspection below the waterline
Looking forward as we cruise down the river
Motoring around the waterways of Providence
Cruising the river
The deckhouse and avery
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Watering plants with rainwater
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Boat travels down the Seekonk River.
Powering Down River
Stove providing heat and drying socks.