Building Catamaran Houseboat Hulls - buy empty catamaran hull to build on?

by Patrick
(Upstate NY)

Buying or Building a Catamaran Houseboat Hull?

Buying or Building a Catamaran Houseboat Hull?

I want to buy an empty catamaran houseboat hull to start and build a houseboat on to, but am having difficulty in finding a manufacturer who builds just the hulls with nothing in them?

I asked eastcoast houseboats if they could sell me one, but they only sell the fully built product. I want to build my own custom boat.

I hope you can help. Thanks Patrick.




Reply - Answer
Well Patrick, welcome to the houseboat forums, and sorry to hear about your difficulty in finding a manufacturer who can fabricate you an empty catamaran hull.

I can't find the name of the fiberglass boat manufacturer that used to make blank hulls, but maybe someone in the forums will come up with a builder.

If you don't find a source, you could always consider building your own fiberglass hull from scratch. You would make a mold and do the fiberglass, cloth, epoxy and create it to your specifications.

As another alternative, you might want to consider buying a used or damaged catamaran that is in bad shape for next to nothing, (sank, or storm damage) and start your building process from there?

As you see there's many different options available, depending on your skill level, available time, and financial budget.

If you do get started, do take some pictures, and do come back to share the houseboat building project with the group, as I am sure we would love to see the boat come to life!



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A catamaran from an old Gibson houseboat
by: Ken

I have an old model 36 foot Gibson houseboat that I have considered cutting into 2 pieces and spreading it about 3 feet apart to create a 15 wide catamaran. The middle 3 foot section could be a flat section just above the water level.

The cost for the sliding frames and the glass for the middle section could be approximately $4,000 if you did it yourself and had a shop like I have that is 16 ft. tall. You can contact me at Cole BoatWorks, on www.lakejordan.com.

Pontoons
by: Old Houseboater

These people provide pontoon platforms.

www.sightseerboats.com/U-Finished-Hull-Deck.html

You can google "pontoon hulls"

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