You have looked all around trying to find the perfect houseboat, but nothing seems to jump out at you. Perhaps building your own houseboat would be a good idea! Building your own houseboat can be as complex or simple as you want because many companies offer patterns and package deals to help you plan it out.
Building a houseboat is not as hard as it first sounds. It will cost you more time than money because this is not something that you will be able to complete in a weekend. Building a houseboat from scratch will probably be extremely difficult and you will need some sort of plan to go off of. Nothing would be worse than building your whole boat to find out it doesn’t float properly due to poor design.
There are many companies that offer packages to help out those who want to build their own houseboat. Most of these packages include blueprints, materials list and instructions. Building your own houseboat would be much cheaper than buying a new one and you can custom build it to your needs.
The best part about building your own houseboat is the ability to pay close attention to those little details. Every angle of your boat will be personalized with your touch. It is possible to use whatever type of wood, carpet, and paneling you prefer. As long as you have the time that is required to build a houseboat then there is nothing to stop you.
Before you begin building, always check to see where you will be able to dock your boat. The marina may allow owners of houseboats to use their facilities. This will allow you to not spend so much time and money on your bathroom and holding tanks.
Make sure you pick a layout that is comfortable for you and your crew. Do not pick a layout that is cramped and too crowded for your living style. Include sleeping units that could be used in the future for guests or friends. Make sure that you can grow into your houseboat rather than grow out of it. This will save you a lot of money in the future for upgrades. Research the type of engine, heating and air units, holding tanks, and other mechanical parts for your boat. Pick those that will not break down or become faulty.
As long as you keep the goal of building your own houseboat in realistic terms, then your houseboat will be built in no time. Have your boat plans examined by a professional architect or boat builder to make sure it is coded properly for sailing. Good luck with your houseboat.