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They Rebuilt This Boat into a Tiny Floating Cottage

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This is the story of Pax, a tiny floating cottage restored and rebuilt by Jason and Cayley.

It was originally one of the twenty-five boats built in Victoria, Canada for Expo ’86. They were able to acquire the ship for under $6,000 since it was in need of a complete rebuild. The two, one being a professional carpenter and the other a shipwright were able to turn the unwanted barge into a beautiful floating cottage inspired by the tiny house movement. After, they lived happily in it for a time but are now parting ways with Pax and entering a new phase in life and so the floating home is on the market! Learn more below.

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28-Foot Floating Home Custom Built by a Carpenter and Shipbuilder

Live the marina life at Sailor’s Cove in this incredible 28′ float home that has an open concept kitchen with a gas stove/oven, fridge/freezer, counter space, and a handmade curved cedar dinette.

The second-level sleeping area has an adjoining space to sit and relax. Inside take the steps up to your very own rooftop deck and take in the views. What do you think?

Video Tour of the Tiny House Boat with Exploring Alternatives



  • Pax
  • Tiny float home
  • Restored by Jason and Cayley (shipwright and carpenter)
  • 30′ long
  • 12.5′ wide
  • 14′ ceilings on the main level
  • Interconnecting loft spaces via catwalk with a ladder that leads to the rooftop deck
  • Bathroom with a tiled livestock trough bathtub and Nature’s Head toilet
  • Storage staircase
  • Handmade curved cedar dinette
  • Rooftop deck area
  • Custom-built Fir and purpleheart door with portlight
  • On the market in Esquimalt, British Columbia for $289,000
  • Learn more below!

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  • LeAnnette
    August 10, 2022, 2:39 pm

    This work of art is truly one-of-a-kind, and built by a pair of VERY talented people! Thank you for sharing her, and best wishes in your new endeavors!

  • vee
    August 10, 2022, 6:07 pm

    Just beautiful — everything from the porthole door, to all the gorgeous wood & furniture, to the excellent storage, to the good size kitchen & counter space to the rooftop garden possibilities — and the view! THE VIEWS!!! Very special!!

  • Alison
    August 10, 2022, 6:34 pm

    It’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing all the photos and the video.

  • Eric
    August 14, 2022, 12:29 am

    Yeah, it’s nice. People will fall in love with it. And most people will fall out of love with it due to the maintenance costs… each year. And that is not inconsiderable.

    Nice, but not for me.

  • Sherri
    August 16, 2022, 8:43 pm

    What a dream boat, literally! In a parallel life I would live there in a heartbeat. I’ve never seen such a beautiful tiny home, never mind that it is a floating tiny home. The woodwork, all the windows and lightness and brightness, and attention to detail are amazing. But the best part (for me) is the soaking bathtub. This is something you never see in tiny homes. And then the rooftop patio and garden….wow. I’ll be dreaming of this one for a long time.

  • Rosa Espinal
    August 21, 2022, 5:45 pm

    Jason you and your partner have done such an amazing job restoring your houseboat that one can only marvel at the level of knowledge between both of you to create such a functional masterpiece. Thank you for giving us a sneak peek even though you know we can’t afford to purchase it you still gave us the tour just as you would other potential buyers.

  • jerry dycus
    August 21, 2022, 7:37 pm

    I agree with others this is a very fine floating house as a boatbuilder myself.
    But it isn’t a great boat with that much windage, high weight so keep it beautiful at the dock as you neither want to be caught in wind or waves in it.

    • Leslie
      October 3, 2022, 11:22 am

      It’s a houseboat. I’ve never seen an ocean worthy houseboat, and I doubt anyone interested in this beautiful work of art would want to go for a journey in it. JMO. Gorgeous job. I lived in a house boat in City Island, NY and wish it was a fraction of the boat – or floating home – this is. Congratulations!

  • Richard Herrington
    August 27, 2022, 4:45 pm

    Way overpriced!

    • James D.
      August 27, 2022, 10:52 pm

      Unfortunately, that’s more wishful thinking in this economy…

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