20' & 24' houseboats
Is real estate getting too pricey for that waterfront cabin you've always dreamed about? Then consider one of these houseboats as an alternative. While not meant for anything fast, foul, or furious, they make a perfect retreat for anchoring a spell in your favorite backwater cove, or for moseying along protected waters in search of game, fish, sights, or solitude.
No special skills are required to build. Anyone who can drill a hole, drive a screw, and saw a board can do the job. In fact, if you can’t build this boat, you probably can’t build any boat. There's not a curved line anywhere other than the cabin top crown. Hence no lofting is required, and even full-size patterns are unnecessary as a result. But plans do include instructions, material lists, plywood utilization layouts, and all the details to carry through at a minimum of effort and expense.
All plywood is standard 4' x 8' exterior grade (marine opt.), while hull lumber is mostly 2" nominal stock found in just about any lumberyard. Equipment such as appliances and windows can be like those used on recreational vehicles, or typical residential items rather than costlier marine-types. We do suggest you have access to a table or radial arm saw to ease making long cuts on the 2" stock.
Both models sleep 4 with full headroom, and have similar amenities if with more room on WATER LODGE TOO. These include a settee with seat back that raises to form upper and lower berths, a dinette that converts to a double berth, fully-equipped galley, and enclosed head with shower. There's plenty of tank capacity for fuel, water, or waste. Other features include inside control station, front and back "porches" (decks), and sundeck on the house top. You can tow them on an ordinary flatbed trailer; while a special boat trailer can be adapted, one is not mandatory