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What I try to do is make houseboat living affordable.
While I am not an expert in any part of houseboat building, I have experienced solar panels, propane, and composting toilets. I will try to tell you what has worked for me and what has not.
I've been involved in the building of low cost houseboats, some were built with more expense than should have been put into them because what I call the first rule to build a house boat, that is balance.
Small houseboats are very easily built "off balance". What I have learned is put the hull in the water before major work is done see where the weight needs to go. Cabins to far forward or to far aft can cause you problems you can't overcome.
Now onto my first houseboat, it was a 24 ft "fish&ski" built in Florida. It had a 200hp v6 outboard on it. When I put it in water the first thing I said to my wife, that outboard has got to go. We used the houseboat like it was for a while like first timers, with generator, coolers, lanterns, bug spray and two dogs.
I later replaced the big outboard with a 40 hp what a difference. The houseboat had an old Norcold 12 volt fridge, the little thing ate batteries like they were going out of style.
I decided to put in new 3 way fridge but knew propane was to be respected. At the time I was working in the RV industry repairing and replacing, so I had some knowledge about propane.
Treat propane like water, when it leaks it flows down just as water would do, not good in the hull of a house boat. I wanted a fridge that would be the height that would start 8 inches below interior and the bottom would not be lower than the gunnel of the houseboat.
Having purchased a fridge I took houseboat out of the water using the scum line on the boat, I set boat to level by holding level on scum line and adjusting boat to this. The reason was propane fridges need to be level in order to work properly. I had put weight in the boat to locate the best place for the fridge before taking it out of water so I knew the location.
Next I built a box that was vapor proof to the interior of the houseboat once the fridge was installed. After installation, went back into the water and away we go with my wife, me and two dogs. Great weekend but still had battery problems.
Next was the solar panels which was what I figured we needed to have to keep things working as we didn't like listening to the generator. I put two 85 watt solar panels on the houseboat, 6 golf cart batteries and again, out we went.
To tell you how this worked out, when we got back in, the next day I went to the local sign shop had signs made for the houseboat as I had finally came up with a name, FREEDOM ON H2O
more later, RogerReply - Answer
Well Roger, I can see that you really enjoy houseboats, and you are determined to always find a solution to your problems.
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IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com