Life On the Water

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.

Swinging

Maximizing the boats potential for relaxing

Swinging
The Galley

A simple cooking setup

The Galley
Living Room

Our living room couch

Living Room
Beginnings of a snowstorm

The boat at the end of a pier before a snow storm

Beginnings of a snowstorm
Diving

A cleaning and inspection below the waterline

Diving
Crusing

Looking forward as we cruise down the river

Crusing
Cruising the river

Motoring around the waterways of Providence

Cruising the river
Plants

Our garden

Plants
Looking Aft

The deckhouse and avery

Looking Aft
Watering plants with rainwater

Photo by Andy Bear http://www.flickr.com/photos/photogeographic/5200341810/in/photostream/

Watering plants with rainwater
Bedrooms

Photo by Andy Bear http://www.flickr.com/photos/photogeographic/5200344366/in/photostream/

Bedrooms
Bow

Photo by Andy Bear http://www.flickr.com/photos/photogeographic/5199752281/in/photostream/

Bow
Powering Down River

Boat travels down the Seekonk River.

Powering Down River
Wood Stove

Stove providing heat and drying socks.

Wood Stove