How to build a wooden houseboat
So, we built our boat right in our back yard and you can too! The hull was constructed of local lumberyard materials and covered with fiberglass. The end result was a craft that out performed factory built boats at a fraction of the cost. Plus, there is a special feeling knowing you built your boat yourself. It becomes more than a boat, it becomes part of your family and I can not think of a better family or school project.
Amateur boat building is huge around the world. Canal boats, pontoon boats, houseboats and just about any type of factory built boat can be constructed by the back yard boat builder.
Over the years we have received many questions about how we built this boat and what materials we used. We have answered all these and more in our book Dream Building.
This book is packed with information and humor about how we built and cruised our own boat affectionately named the "Fair Havens". It is loaded with photographs and answers to questions that arise with such a project. . If you are planning to build your own boat, or you are looking for a great family project, this book is for you! Even if you do not build this particular boat, the information you get will be invaluable even when building from other boat plans.
One of the repeated themes we share in Dream Building is how we used local supplies. This saved us a lot of money without sacrificing the quality of our boat. However it took a lot of research time. We share all our research with you so you can spend time on your boat!
This book is not all about boat construction. We share the story of our Maiden Cruise up the Florida Intercoastal Waterway from Cocoa Beach to St Augustine. Enjoy our Florida Key cruises where our family vacationed for many years staying, not in expensive hotels, but on our boat.
After a long time we narrowed our selection to two boats found in the catalog. The sleek Raven, and the homely Gypsy. The Raven had it all. She was a 27 ft. trailerable cabin cruiser with sleek lines. The cabin had nice berthing, galley and head. I could see myself coming into dock as all drooled over my mini yacht. The Gypsy on the other hand had all except looks. She was a homely boat but very practical. She did have a very shallow draft, which I wanted for the Florida lakes. Also, the Gypsy could be used as a camper, and I thought the layout was more practical for a family with children. So, with the children chanting, "Raven, Raven," I picked up the phone and ordered the Gypsy Plans! I never regretted this decision, and soon the family came to love the homely Gypsy that we christened… Read more…