Are there any houseboats built from shipping containers

by Susan Stone
(NSW Australia)

Can you build a houseboat using a shipping container?

Can you build a houseboat using a shipping container?

Next year I am building a houseboat. I have looked at many different options one of which is shipping containers. Has anyone done this?

Also any ideas on the hull type. I am thinking aluminium pontoons any thoughts on this. Any ideas or information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Susan from Australia.

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Reply - Answer

Hi Susan, thank you very much for posting in the houseboat forums.

Now about using "shipping containers" in the boating environment, I haven't physically seen one, but I have seen some cases on the web from people privately building their own.

I know that the "small house" movement has been building homes with the shipping containers for quite a while now. I think it is a low cost solution, depending on your needs.

Like you said, getting a pontoon (or tritoon) style hull would be the easiest, and less costly solution to provide a stable hull underneath.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their related houseboat SHIPPING CONTAINER experiences and tips.

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Possible drawbacks...
by: Josef Faber

I can think of two items that might be a drawback using shipping containers as most of them are made with steel, being Rust and Weight. Steel oxidizes in a marine environment, and the weight might require a lot of flotation.

A book written by Russell Conder,

"Handmade Houseboats: Independent Living Afloat", is a good basic primer for DIY construction and I found it very informative.

Boat Design and Boat Building Forums could be also helpful.

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