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Does anyone know where to find a stripped down houseboat?

I'm looking to build a houseboat, and i was wondering if anyone knows where to find a stripped down platform. Basically, i am looking for pontoons and a deck to build on top of, so that i can customize the house portion of the houseboat. Does anyone know where to look for one of these? preferably near San Diego?

It's unlikely anyone is going to have a good one that they're willing to part with at a reasonable cost. It's the portion of the watercraft that takes the most abuse and is most likely to be ruined first, so finding a used one is rare. I might suggest you build your own or buy a factory-made platform.

The materials are reasonably cheap and readily available... and the process is easier than building the cabin.

For a simple floading platform you can use old oil drums, plastic barrels, foam blocks, or even old soda bottles to add bouyancy. Essentially, you build a wooden deck and secure your floatation under it.

If you're serious about it, you might consider building or buying a set of wooden, steel or composite pontoons, or building a single-hulled barge. Again, not complicated. For some wild old plans go here: http://www.svensons.com/boat/
Search here and google for "floating dock plans" for a few more ideas.
greenchick7 years ago
Yes. There is a non-profit group on Ebay that sell donated boats. Some sell for next to nothing, and they are always listing new boats. You have to check in often to see what is selling. I've seen a huge, beautiful old yacht sell for 1495.00, but the catch is you have to pick it up from the location it is being docked. People donate from all over the US so the locations vary. You can check it out herehttp://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/boatangelministries/
Also, I wanted to add that I'm in no way connected with this group. I'm watching their site because I'm searching for a good deal myself on a hull.
Good luck with your boat venture!