Building a pontoon houseboat with recycled products.
Using recycled products to build a pontoon houseboat.
I am thinking of building a pontoon houseboat with recycled products. I want to build a cheap and simple houseboat and I want to use recyled products. I am a metal worker of 22 years so the obvious although an old method is to build it in steel.
My idea is to get discarded 270 litre hot water tanks, cut an access panel in them, clean out and rust proof each tank and reseal it. Then I would weld each end together until I reach the desired length.
Then I would weld a 2x2 x 1/4 angle along the length of pontoon at a 2.5 mm dress skin along the length also meeting the platform as this will hide any brackets holding the platform and provide a cleaner appearance as well as to provide additional strength along the pontoon.
My aim is to weld 2 tanks as a test for weight handling, and if all works out, the cabin I will make out of play and oregon pine laminated in woven glass, then coated in 2 pack paint. The pontoons will be rust protected and painted in an epoxy paint.
Thanks, Davo (Sydney, Australia)
Reply - Answer
Well Davo, thanks for posting your plans and ideas of building a pontoon houseboat with recycled products. It will definitely reduced the clutter in the landfills.
I have heard of others using 55 gallon steel drums as an alternative to hot water tanks for the pontoons. You can usually find plenty of them around.
Either way, be sure to take some pictures of the progress and do come back and keep us posted with the project.
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com
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