Handmade Houseboats will guide you through the process of designing, building, and equipping a simple, economical houseboat. Included are detailed plans and building instructions for sample houseboats; help with designing a personalized houseboat from scratch; resource-stingy contrivances for easing life afloat.
Water-loving people of modest means have lived aboard houseboats for centuries, and why not? Unlike expensive, cramped, and hard-to-build liveaboard cruising boats, spacious, homey houseboats are easily and economically constructed from commmon lumberyard materials. And unlike those high-priced waterfront cottages, there's no lawn to mow and often no property taxes. And if you don't like the new neighbors, just up anchor and be off.This book tells those who would live afloat how to design and build their own place on the water. There are detailed plans and building instructions for sample houseboats; help with designing a personalized houseboat from scratch; resource-stingy contrivances for easing life aboard, including a solar oven, a windmill-powered washing machine, and innovative power-, water-, and waste-management systems; and more.
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McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Table Of Content
Acknowledgments Introduction Are You Crazy? Chapter One Wherefrom Chapter Two Staying Afloat Chapter Three Room to Breathe Chapter Four Galvanized and Steadfast Chapter Five Quick and Easy Chapter Six Up She Goes Chapter Seven Filling In the Spaces Chapter Eight Water Inside Too Chapter Nine Sparks Chapter Ten Let There Be Light Chapter Eleven Keeping It Comfy Chapter Twelve Voyaging the Alimentary Canal Chapter Thirteen Whereto Appendix Plans to Build From Suggested Reading Illustration Credits Index
''Clearly written, easy to understand, and very nicely illustrated. . .For anyone attempting to build a floating home, this book would be of immense help.''
''Every[one's] Huckleberry Finnian dream: a house on a scow or raft; the hows and wheres, with plans and technical details.''
''If you want to give the idea [of a houseboat] a serious think for a relatively modest cost, Handmade Houseboats is the best way I know to get there.''