Houseboat Plans

Houseboat plans

Fishing Hull by bill Bradley

too big ?

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.

Australian Shantyboat

A picture really is worth a 1000 words

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.

SpiraInternational —   this is one of the best sites to study and learn about boat building. Jeff Spira even offers free downloadable E-books on boat building. it doesn’t get any better than this.

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


The Aqua Casa, by Berkeley Engineering.

trailerable houseboat designs. You can study some online or order your own houseboat plans.        



Bateau.comfree study plans you can download

IntheBoatshed.netfree boat plans

Lisa B. Goode a cozy houseboat plan from

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Houseboat Plans — 7 Comments


    I’m looking for a study plan for a rather large HB, with 3 staterooms & 2 heads, that is about 32×75 feet to retire to in Central America.
    The “house” portion should be about 24×60 feet, with “outdoor living space” on the roof.
    (I plan to power it with something like a 4BT Cummins industrial engine, driving a hydraulic transmission & a big/slow-turning prop.)

    I’m thinking that a barge-style, flat-bottom hull, built of 4 layers of 3/4 plywood on the bottom & 3 layers on the side & “armored with” epoxy/glass cloth should be adequate in strength.

    Fwiw, she will be named: FOREVER PRINCESS.

    yours, tex

  2. Dear Mr. Rearic,

    Actually, the MV FOREVER PRINCESS will be downright petite compared to the houseboat that was built by two young people in south Louisiana in the 1970s.
    Check out the book: ATCHAFALAYA HOUSEBOAT: MY LIFE IN THE LOUISIANA SWAMP by Professor Gwen Roland, published by LSU Press 15APR2006.
    Now THAT was a BIG houseboat = 35×118 foot.
    (Just their living room alone was 30×30 feet, with wood-burning fireplaces at each end.)

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