If you have some carpentry skills and you think you’re ready to build your own houseboat, or if you just want to get some ideas on house boat building or even boat building try studying these free houseboat plans I’ve found on the web. The houseboat plans can be downloaded , but some open very slowly. Also, I’ve included some sites that have great information on boat building and boat building materials and plans.
If the polar caps melt or the Zombies attack ( Zombies can’t swim…right?) there’s no better place to be than on top of the water — and one of the best ways to do that is on a houseboat! (An igloo on a melting iceberg is “technically” a houseboat)
Before you build a houseboat a lot of things must be decided. What type of boat building construction? plywood, fiberglass, aluminum, steel? Do you want to build a houseboat small enough to pull on a trailer or will you need dock space somewhere? There are some great little houseboat designs that you can pull like a travel trailer and use like a boat.
After you have answered these questions you can then start to really study all the free houseboat plans and free boat building plans you can find.
If you decide to design your own houseboat or buy houseboat plans at least you will have a good idea of what you want and what you are getting for your money. Personally, it seems to me that many of the houseboat plans are priced way too high.
But, if you look at the free houseboat plans you might just decide to design your own houseboat. You can build it on factory-built houseboat pontoons or build your own wooden pontoons. I think I prefer the barge style of hull construction because it keeps the whole boat lower to the water. This keeps it from being blown around as much as a taller boat.
Triloboat — a unique and inventive twist on a small houseboat. Dave and Anke are building their future. It’s both a sailboat and a small houseboat! If you like building boats or studying boat building in general, check out this site. Follow along on their Blog and watch them build their newest ship in the fleet, Wayward.
DIY Do it yourself houseboat build— See how one guy in Australia is building a great houseboat. The photos that accompany the article are great and reveal the superb quality of the construction.
Bayou Belle — this is an old Mechanix Illustrated plan that shows some timeless ideas
Aqua Casa Berkley Engineering has a super site with several small
trailerable houseboat designs. You can study some online or order your own houseboat plans.
Bateau.com — free study plans you can download
IntheBoatshed.net — free boat plans
Lisa B. Goode a cozy houseboat plan from Duckworks.com