Designing, constructing, and living aboard a houseboat.
The framework of the boat’s cabin was built from of local cedar trees. On top of this framework a roof was constructed from foam panels that had been salvaged from a demolished ice warehouse. The walls were built from similar foam panels donated by a materials testing facility. Firebricks from the site of a former industrial furnace were used to build the boat’s wood stove.
The boat’s electric system included LED lights, a radio, and phone chargers. These light duty appliances drew power from three 12-volt deep cycle batteries wired in series. A wind turbine mounted with a custom charge controller was installed to keep this system charged.
The Vessel’s Anchor
The enormous surface area of the boat required an anchor with exceptional holding power. A custom anchor was welded from scraps of structural steel for this purpose.
A composting toilet was used for the treatment of waste. The contents of the toilet would quickly decompose for safe and environmental disposal on land.
Cabin structure built from local Cedar lumber
End of the day after building the first wall of the cabin
First truss installed to support the cabin's roof
Finishing roof framing before roof panels installed
Panels were a reused from demolished refrigerator warehouse
Roof with trusses and insulating panels
Finishing insulated floor
Insulating floor panels
First coat of paint on cabins exterior
Charge controller to monitor input from the boats wind turbine
Deep cycle batteries wired in series