These are links to various different styles of houseboats. Generally these boats are not suitable for open water or high wind situations but rather provide great service as floating, gently cruising cottages, or permanent homes.
Floating homes usually intended to be semi permanently moored in one spot and which differ little from on shore houses are beyond the scope of this page.
They are also often subject to a different set of permits and regulation than cruising boats.
If you're planning a boatbuilding project you might like to check my boatbuilding resources. These are articles from my website and some outside links and build diaries.
Some questions before choosing a model
How will this boat be used, fishing, live aboard, exploring the world, cottage? Will you trailer it, moor it at a marina, haul it out in winter, head south come frost.
How many people will use this boat? Will they sleep on board? How elaborate will the facilities be, kitchen/galley, bathroom, hot water, heating/air conditioning, mosquito screen. What safety gear do you need, radio, fish finder, radar? Will you carry a tender/dinghy? What kind of Motor(s), Bow-thruster? Will you maintain or pay for maintenance. What's your budget?
House Boat Plan Links
Email me if a link is broken or if I've missed a boat. I try to keep my links accurate but things change quickly on the web.
- Boat Designs. com has several models of houseboats
- Glen L offers a range from 20 trailerable to serious 45 feet boat.
- Aqua Casa Houseboat is one of several designs by Berkeley Engineering
- Jim Michalak Dock Box, an 8 foot "houseboat?"Harmonica is better sized shanty boat.
- Pretty houseboat by Roy's Boat Designs Details and Pictures
- Houseboat old plans for Coolwater. Free plans from Simplicity Boats
- Clark Craft has Rivermaid house boat plans
- Bateau.com has a 16 foot houseboat plan and kit.
- Atkin boat plans offers this basic shanty boat. Herald of the Morning, also other models
- Svenson has old popular mechanix plans. Here is Float a Home. Free Bayou Belle, free plans
- River Walker from George Buehler, 25 ft houseboat.
- U-Fab provides pontoons and components and you build your houseboat on top. Canadian.
- Wooden Boat Sampan 36 Houseboat.
- Millie Hill 28 From Devlin Designing.
- Harry Bryan Shanty Boat
- K - Designs has a catamaran house boat Bernd Kohler
- Shanty Boat Living has several plans
I try to be accurate and check my information, but mistakes happen. ALSO keep in mind that not all boat plans are well designed. Do your homework. I have not built these boats.
Note: as I was researching this topic I did several internet searches and gave my virus blocker a good workout. I'm not sure why spammers have targeted houseboats and shanty boats, but they seem to have. I only included links that were legitimate in my page at the cost of possibly missing some. Enjoy.
email me if you find mistakes, I'll fix them and we'll all benefit: Christine