Bayou Belle Houseboat - Scow hull, trailerable, plywood, wood frame
The building of a trailerable Bayou Belle houseboat.
The Bayou Belle houseboat with a scow hull, is trailerable, built with plywood and wood frame. I have had the plans of the Bayou Belle for 40 years, but never had a place to build the craft. But now I have my home and newly built garage, so voila!
I have it closed up for the winter months, and will finish it this spring when the weather gets warmer. I'm looking for a 40hp outboard for power.
Over the years I have built and rebuilt the craft in my head, and after many drawings have made modifications in the original plans to make it even easier, and stronger to build.
The plywood hull took about two weeks to build, and the cabin structure three days. I should have the houseboat ready for the water in another month, when the warmer weather hits our province.
Looking at the technical details, she is 22 feet in length, and 39 inch sides, with 6ft 3 inches in the cabin structure, and a 96 inch beam. This should make her a very trailerable houseboat.
The windows will be installed in the spring. I salvaged them from an older 22ft RV trailer, as well as the window frames, and I got other parts from the RV.
Reply - Answer
Well Burnsy, congratulations on your progress, and thank you for submitting the picture.
I can see that you are well prepared, you have found an old RV to salvage for windows and other parts, since that will greatly reduce the overall cost.
We are all looking forward to a picture of when you launch her. Do keep us up to date :)
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com
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