House Boat Plans

A collection of Do It Yourself house boat plans. Some are free, some are available at reasonable cost. We have included a few ideas for those who would to make their own designs.

"There is nothing half so much fun as simply messing about in boats," to quote Water Rat from the wonderful book "Wind In The Willows" selection of stories by Kenneth Grahame.

Building a day trip or weekend shantyboat is not that difficult, even if you have no experience in woodworking or carpentry. It's a great project for the family, built by the family. Everybody can become involved, from designing, building, painting, making curtains and cushions, fetching tea and snacks, making helpful suggestions or even just getting in the way. 

All the home comforts

It will have to include a bed for overnight stays for sure, a fridge of course, a RV style toilet naturally, a barbecue why not. A little home from home. Ok, so it would have to be a shanty boat, but with a bit of class. It would be nice to have it trailer-able, but that is not so important.

Because it will be used in very sheltered waters, a flat bottomed scow mono displacement hull or pontoon would be the best option. 

Free House Boat Plans

Free house boat plans for Popular Mechanic's 16' Platform Boat features construction notes and photographs.

Free plans for the versatile 25' Bayou Belle which can be built as a houseboat, a fisherman's boat or a sun lounge sports utility.

Free boat plans for the 21' Float-A-Home, extremely simple to build, plenty of living space for three to four people.

Lisa B Good from Geezer Boats is a 16' trailerable shanty boat.

Download free PDF plans featuring construction notes and detailed sketches. 

Coolwater, a 1940's getaway houseboat on a $70 budget! Well, maybe a bit more in today's money.

Published in Modern Mechanix magazine.

Plans for sale

  • The DockBox is an 8ft Nanoshanty for very calm waters. Check this one out it's guaranteed to amuse.

Notes from the web page:

Bill McKeough built the prototype in Oklahoma but he narrowed the boat a foot so it would fit on his utility trailer (I would have done the same if I had the trailer already on hand) but he said the extra foot width would have been nice. I thought his finished boat was perfectly in tune with what the designer had in mind, right down to the mini tire fenders. Note that he added oar ports, something not shown on the blueprints but not a bad idea.

Price: $27.50

The Huck Finn from Glen-L marine designs are for pontoons and deck only ranging from 12' to 28'.

Please note plans for cabin option must be purchased separately.

Price: $84.00

More Information

Homemade House Boats from yahoo groups.

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