Simple Houseboat Building Materials and Ideas
Simple Houseboat Building Ideas and Materials
Looking for simple houseboat building materials and ideas? There's a lot of interest in low cost houseboat building, and I have the experience with these.
Here are a few suggestions that might make your house boat building plans easier. In an earlier article I wrote that balance is the first thing to consider, whether it's pontoons or a displacement hull, it has to sit level in the water to work right. If you can find an old houseboat hull, this is a good place to start. If it's pontoons you might want to think of tritoons (3) pontoons, as they are less tipsy and can better handle the loaded weight.
What my friends and myself have found that aluminum composite panels make the best wall and roof materials. They take most of the work and weight out of the houseboat project. What these consist of is an Styrofoam sheet 2 to 3 inches thick, sandwiched between aluminum skins.
The skin is usually white embossed and needs nothing else for the finish. These are structural and they don't require much framing. There is 2 companies here in the southeast that market these, metals usa, structural comp. I've dealt with both and they can advise you as to what you need.
I've cut the old fiberglass roof off a houseboat and installed an aluminum composite roof in it's place and it was great, since it insulated the roof and gave us a place to sit as we put rails up added seating and we had another deck to use.
Hope this gives you some ideas because nowadays we now have alternatives to the old 2x4 or plywood homemade homebuilt houseboat.
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Roger, you have again taken the time to share your low cost houseboat building ideas, and I want to say thanks on behalf of all our readers since this is priceless information.
If some of the readers are curious about what houseboat designs to start with, this will give you a good idea.
A big thanks to Roger for the time to share and post this.
IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com