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The Otter House: A Tiny House Boat in Virginia

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This is the Otter House: a tiny house boat in Virginia.

It’s built right onto a 20′ pontoon boat frame and the construction measures just 5′ x 11′ (roughly).

The tiny floating cabin features a solar panel on the roof to power LED lighting, radio, television, and wifi inside.

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The Otter House: A Tiny House Boat in Virginia

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Parked right at the dock by Dockside and Blue Heron Pub at Colonial Beach Yacht Center on the Monroe Bay. Gorgeous sunsets, great music on the weekends, quiet retreat during the week. This tiny house gives you a chance to truly get away. Think Big Go Tiny!

This pontoon was custom built here in Colonial Beach. It’s eco friendly design includes solar power, LED lighting, and repurposed materials. By nature this is a special place with minimal amenities but lots of fun! You’ll be using the marina shower/bathhouse facilities (Because who wants to use a boat Porta John anyway)
BYOB Breakfast, The marina sells snacks, ice and soft drinks on site.

Prime location has you on the water and by the best restaurant in town but I encourage a golf cart rental to explore for the time your here! I know everything there is to do and what’s happening and am happy to get you out and about!


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  • Jane
    July 1, 2016, 10:50 am

    I think this would be classified as a “Luv boat”??

  • July 1, 2016, 11:01 am

    This is like mine, but I can take mine on or off TH. The controls to drive the boat are made on front but lay flat when not in use. 7 x 16 TH.

  • Keith G
    July 1, 2016, 11:11 am

    I dunno. There are tiny houses, and then there are… well… tiny not-houses. I gotta say, this really doesn’t seem like a house to me. No kitchen, no bathroom, it’s really more of a tiny “enclosed space.” There are sooo many wonderful and enchanting actual tiny and small houses out there, I’m not sure why we’d push the envelope so far as to include this?

    • July 1, 2016, 7:28 pm

      I agree. This is *not* a “house” tiny or otherwise. A small floating little enclosed poustinia, is more like it.

      • Keith G
        July 1, 2016, 7:44 pm

        Well at least I learned a new word!! Now that’s what I want most of all, a poustinia!

        • July 1, 2016, 7:52 pm

          I love a poustinia myself. I made our middle room in our house one. It was a waste of space and now we have our two chairs in there, and a bookcase and a prayer niche complete with Gregorian Chant. It’s wonderful. 🙂

  • David Remus
    July 1, 2016, 12:02 pm

    Some attention must be paid to basic safety and studying good design. The biggest problem is that this boat will flip in a stiff breeze, hopefully vacant. Those floating pontoons are designed to have almost no superstructure besides canvas on a frame and maybe a lightweight structure around a toilet. Wood, an air conditioner, and a ladder to the roof all contribute to poor stability in any kind of windy weather. You can’t actually navigate this safely, the view from the steering is almost nil. It would be fine on a concrete barge with enough weight to keep it upright in all conditions and no intention to move it under it’s own power.

    It’s a motel room, not a house, and I struggle to believe it would be legal to rent out.

  • jerryd
    July 1, 2016, 5:54 pm

    Again a dangerous boat over loaded. Note the water is above the center of the pontoon. Because it bouyancy shrinks fast as the rounded top goes under it can easily tip over from say 6 people on board or a strong side wind.
    9n water homes always have 3-4x the bouyancy needed in each pontoon and make them with straight up sides to the deck.
    Next each should be divided into 5 or more compartments so if one flods, you don’t sink ruining your whole day.
    if a barge style divide it up into compartments under the floor for the same reason.

  • July 1, 2016, 11:52 pm

    Very cute tiny /house boat!! It looks like you could have a very small party on board. It’s nice that the love seat opens up into a cozy bed. I bet you get to see beautiful sunsets! Enjoy your cute little house boat!! Carol????

  • Phil
    July 7, 2016, 9:17 pm

    I am all for innovation but that is a terrible design. These folks just built a box around a console pontoon boat. So now you can’t see where you are going and the console takes up the whole room anyhow. It’s not a house either. It has no facilities and is barely viable for camping let alone living in. Not even a viable boat anymore…

  • andy
    July 13, 2016, 8:10 am

    you done well ..Grate job.. i know if you want a bathroom or a kitchen you would of had one… It What you WANTED !! …GRATE JOB !!!

  • September 13, 2016, 4:43 pm

    I would like to see some tiny house boats I love your tiny houses
    but I also love boats Thank

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