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Pontoon House Boats in Mississippi.

by Jeff
(Glen, Mississippi)

Build your own Pontoon Houseboat.

Build your own Pontoon Houseboat.

Is it a Pontoon, no, it's a Tritoon houseboat.

Why? It has been a 30 year dream. I grew up on the bayou in south Louisiana (houma) and first tried building a camp boat. I had the pontoons welded together out of 55 gallon drums and the deck down and had to move.

Three days later when I came back to pick them up to finish my project, I discovered that someone else probably wanted it more than I did, so now, 30 years later, I live in North Mississippi and I am building my own 30' tritoon houseboat.

The nearest water to me is the Tenn-Tom waterway, but from there I can get to the Tennessee river, or go south and hit the navigational canal and eventually back to my old stomping grounds in south Louisiana.

I've been building now on the 3-c's for 2 years, on and off. I hate working in the winter cause of the cold so I haven't done much this past 7 months, but it's time to get started again.

The middle pontoon is 30' long and the two outboard pontoons are 28'. It kinda gives the front deck a small V shape. I have a 4' back deck. The cabin will be 19' leaving only a 7' front deck.

I tried to give the top a look of a tug boat wheel house but decided to chop it down to where the top of the wheel house is only about 8" from
the top deck.

I still have a long way to go, but now that the weather is breaking I hope to go full throttle on my houseboat and hopefully have a launch date sometime in July. I'll send more updates later...

Jeff in Glen, Mississippi

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Well Jeff, congratulations on taking on your houseboat project. The road to any destination is always ONE step at a time and you are surely on your way.

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Love, Love, Love this houseboat! NICE JOB JEFF!
by: Camille Galloway

The house boat is fabulous. Of course I'm partial, cause I'm Jeff's little sister, we're all very, very proud of him. That is so true! He has always dreamt of having a houseboat since I can remember. Several of my friends have seen it, and want to go out on it when he finishes. But, I'm going sometime, I DO KNOW THAT!!!!!

Your lil' sis,

Love the Tug Boat look!
by: IAN - webmaster

Jeff, great job. I'm sure the three pontoons (tritoons) will have great buoyancy. I also love the upper wheel house look, it adds a really nice touch, and it could also serve for some extra storage, since there never seems to be enough storage ( ask my wife, she knows).

Let us know when you finish her, and take more pictures at the end. I'm sure everyone will want more details as you launch her.

Good luck, IAN...

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