I know that I do not need to "convice " anyone on this group that
one of the most appealing things about so many Phil Bolger and
designs is "accessability " to a vast range of boat designs .Mr
Bolger ( and Suzanne's ) efforts have made it possible for
many people to "live their boating dream " , (what ever that may
be) with oftem limited funds.
So ...speaking of "the dream" ...here is mine :
River house boat. For two . Live aboard year round.
Plywood pontoons / catamaran hulls ( 3 ft wide state
series ( idaho , Tennesse , whyoh ,) type of hulls ? , supporting
a platform approx 42 ft long x 12 foot wide overall.
Plywood floor pan....sectional bolt together.
Lightweight "house" using sips ( structural insulated
panel ) on top......Insulated cool room panels perhaps.
All fitted out with light weight off shelf furniture , ( deck chairs ,
card tables , ikea style flat pack furniture.
Outbord a stroke power.
Solar fed battery bank for lights , stereo , maybe tv.
Gas cooker , possibly gas fridge.
Logistics , Buildability and Costs......this is often
where the " dream " rapidly deteriorates......
With suitable access to river ? Expensive ( if you can find it ! ).
Build out doors ? ....yes , possibly , but a large project like this
Add the cost of turing the hull over....( crane ? .. makeshift temp
gantry ? )
Hold onto your hats here folks ! Lol....
I have just been " quoted " a rough approx . cost of $ 5000 - 7000....to
move such a vessel...
Slip fees to "launch ".....$ 650.00 ......
Temp mooring fees.....??
So what remains achieveable here ?
8 - 12 ft long plywood pontoon sections bolted together.( Breakdown
Schooner , Bantam bow assembly ? )
Build them in a modest garage .....
Modular floor platform , bolted to bulkheads.
Build them in a modest garage too.....
Sips/ prefabbed modular house structure and roof.
Any thoughts about this ?