Houseboat & Pontoon Boats - plans for building a combination together design
by Aaron Costic
Houseboat / Pontoon Boat building plans
My wife & I are thinking of building a houseboat / pontoon boat combo, together design. The basic idea is that there is a main houseboat that is 16' x 40 & a second boat pinned to the back of the houseboat.
The second boat is a pontoon boat 16' x 20'. The basic idea is that you can drive the rig as 1 large boat, or unpin the pontoon portion & drive it separately. Are their any obvious flaws that I am overlooking with a design like this?
Also we are very interested in having the boats systems powered by batteries that are charged by windmills & solar. We are willing to have more (or larger) batteries than average, multiple windmills (or larger ones), & many solar panels.
My main concern is the HVAC. Is anyone currently using a green system that has the power to heat & cool their boat? Is having a seperate thermostat for each room a common practice?
Lastly, we are interested in using a flooring like "Nature Stone" does anyone have any experience with this, or something like it?
Thank you in advance for any help, Aaron.
Reply - Answer
Well Aaron, welcome to the houseboat forums, and congratulations on an interesting combination pontoon houseboat design concept.
You will find plenty of information on the site about green wind or solar powered pontoon houseboats, yet you may find that powering high consumption items like heating and air conditioning units do require very large power generating systems.
As to building plans for pontoon houseboats, there are many articles of different designs in either wood, steel, fiberglass, or aluminum on the site. I haven't seen any that discuss building a combo unit, so you could be very well the first to have such a concept.
Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their pontoon houseboat, or wind solar power experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com
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