Deck Construction

Designing, constructing, and living aboard a houseboat.

Deck Materials

We used locally harvested and milled pine to build the boat’s 20x40 foot deck.

Launching

The system that held pontoons during the deck construction was designed to double as a ramp for the boat’s launch. With a crowd of family, friends, and reporters in attendance, we launched the boat into the Narragansett Bay.

Propulsion

A transom was constructed for the vessel’s 85HP outboard motor. A pulley system was built so the motor could be controlled by a bicycle steering wheel above the deck.

Aligning pontoons for deck
Aligning pontoons for deck
Structural deck members

20ft trusses span the distance between the pontoons.

Structural deck members
Below the Deck
Below the Deck
Christening
Christening
Launch Party
Launch Party
Launching the boat with deck.