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They Raised a Family on a 100-Year-Old Tugboat

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Pamela and her husband Ulrich have been living on a boat since the day before their wedding — 30-plus years ago. When expecting their first child, they debated buying a home on land but ultimately ended up with a 100-year-old tugboat that they renovated and made into a floating home.

The tugboat had had a number of owners over the years who had used it for different things, but with Ulrich’s amazing metalwork skills and sculpture experience, they were able to re-design the boat to meet their family’s needs. Now that their daughters are grown, and it’s getting harder to do boat maintenance, the couple are considering life on land once again.

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Decades of Family Life Aboard a Tugboat

Their boat is moored at a marina.

They have this awesome fire pit social area on board!

Her daughters, when they were teens on the boat.

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  • Their boat home was originally a tugboat, but went through a number of iterations before they purchased it
  • They raised two daughters on the boat, moored at Marinas
  • In the lower deck you’ll find the girl’s bunks and the parents’ original bedroom
  • A unique lounge space around a fire column was designed for entertaining.
  • There are multiple heads on board.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • vee
    July 19, 2023, 6:08 pm

    What a fascinating way to live!! Obviously this couple have been so happy here forever.
    It’s great to see the unique way people live without being in large homes as well.
    The sea lions are a hoot — and the marine sea life they experience and the water views can’t be replicated!!!

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