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Building an All Wood Construction 40′ DIY Tiny House Boat


This is the construction progression of an all wood 40′ DIY tiny house boat sent in by Patricia Hong.

It features plywood flooring and treated pine deck beams. Below you can see the 40 ft. long floats, the walls going up, the metal roof being installed, and more.

When you go inside, you’ll find a kitchen area, living area, lots of built-in storage, and more. Have you ever thought of building your tiny home on floats? Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Images © Patricia Hong

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  • Avatar Marcy
    December 22, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Nice!

  • Avatar Michael
    December 22, 2015, 6:08 pm

    living in a boating state, I love boats.
    Boat building with plywood has been one of the first system for DIY because its affordable , requires minimal tools and skills.
    This one is a good example what c an be done when it comes to houseboats.
    I love the details, great job from riverboat.
    A houseboat is easier to dock then parking a tiny house on wheels especially here in FL.
    Although this one is designed for inland waterways I am sure you can build this way a houseboat suitable for the high hurricane risk of our FL waters.
    A great option if someone loves the water and want to spend his retirement or weekends/holidays close to nature.
    Wondering how much would be the cost.

  • Avatar river boat
    December 22, 2015, 6:58 pm

    Thank you for the comments everyone.

    The build story can be followed here:

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?182813-Shantyboat-for-two

    For anyone contemplating doing something like this , be warned , it is a big job , will most likely take twice as long as you had planned , and it will cost a lot more than the original projected budget.
    Go as small as you can !

  • Avatar river boat
    December 22, 2015, 8:17 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Maybe you will still get your riverboat / floating home Zachary.
    Keep the dream alive.
    Some really nice houseboats here , to be sure.

    For anyone interested , the whole saga of building this is here :
    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?182813-Shantyboat-for-two

  • Avatar Theo
    December 22, 2015, 10:07 pm

    A 40 foot boat, of any type, is ‘not’ tiny.

    • Avatar Harry
      December 23, 2015, 2:53 am

      The hulls are 40 ft long to carry the weight.
      The cabin is 25 ft long x 12 ft wide.
      300 square ft .

  • Avatar river boat
    December 22, 2015, 10:14 pm

    The cabin is 25 ft long and 12 foot wide.
    The pontoons are 40 ft long in order to carry the weight.

  • Avatar Lisa Cate
    December 22, 2015, 11:03 pm

    My tiny house needs ‘l’il old colonial’! Where did you find that adorable little woodstove? I’m working on fixing up a camper that is set up for a woodstove but needs a smaller sized one such as that one. Where to get them at?

  • Avatar riverboat
    December 23, 2015, 3:07 am

    These were Australian made wood stoves.
    They were common some time ago , but are now harder to find.
    Most of them have a broken skirt ( the casting around the middle ).

    If you are in the US it may be worthwhile to look for a ” laundry stove.”
    Sometimes you can find stoves built for rail car use,

  • Avatar riverboat
    December 23, 2015, 4:34 am

    Its an Australian made wood stove Lisa , it was commom once , not so much now.

  • Avatar moulinot
    July 10, 2017, 10:12 am

    great job! any video of your house boat ? congratulations

  • Avatar moulinot
    July 10, 2017, 10:13 am

    very nice work!!! how many hours to buid it please? did you draw anything first? congratulations

  • Avatar Diane Gray
    April 24, 2018, 12:42 am

    Pretty; liked the materials used. White on exterior is glossy and shiny, should be lovely on the water!

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    April 24, 2018, 11:03 am

    THAT is so cool!! Love it!

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