Build your own Houseboat - Any plans for house boats, and a man's dog?
by By a Man, and his Dog!
Any tips, plans, or ideas for building a man's houseboat?
I'm looking for plans to build your own houseboat. I am thinking of building my own boat, a basic man's boat, for me and my dog. It would be used only on Greers Ferry lake in Arkansas.
I want a 45 or 50 footer with front and real deck, one bedroom, refrigerator, cook top stove, air conditioning, shower, and the head is optional.
I also want a walk around rail like the Gibson houseboats, and I would love to have flybridge, but that is not a must. If there's no flybridge, at least a sun deck.
From a speed power point of view, I guess twin outboards of about 90 to 100 HP, I need 15 MPH as this is a big lake. I may tow a fishing boat to the other part of the lake.
Any good ideas for me, or sample set of building plans.
Thanks for your help, a Man & his Dog. Reply - Answer
Welcome to the houseboat forums, and congratulations on the decision to build a "man's houseboat".
I'm sure to get some flack from my wife for this post, but I will venture to guess that when you want to "build a man's houseboat", you mean a boat with the basic amenities, easy to run, keep clean, and very functional for fishing and your dog?
a personal note, I have had a few houseboats in my single days, that could have been classified as a Bachelors, or a Man's Boat :)
As to finding some sample os study plans, you can have a look at our following links, free Houseboat Building Plans
, and also Build a Houseboat with Plans
I am sure that you will get many building tips and ideas, from other houseboaters that are either single, divorced, widowed, or by choice.
When I met my wife, and the first time that she came aboard my houseboat, she could see that I was a typical male. I liked to keep my fishing rods, or my tools inside the boat, nice and warm and dry :)
Since my wife and I now live aboard our houseboat together, I am no longer allowed to keep my rods or tools in the living room :(
Maybe we will get some good ideas on how to build a woman's houseboat next? Come on ladies, share your ideas with us...Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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