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Author Topic: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat  (Read 19055 times)
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Hi everyone,

I am presently building a Houseboat that will be my year round home.

I like living close to water and for the past 18 years have owned and lived on my sailboat part of the season. I say part of the season because I live in Canada, so living on a sailboat in the winter is not an easy thing to do.

For many years I've been thinking of a boat design that could be my home in the winter as well as my boat and home in the summer.
I want it to be towable by a minivan, suv or pickup if I need to move it. So it would need to be a maximum of 8 and 1/2 feet wide and would like to keep the weight below 3,500 pounds if possible.

I have a design that has evolve in my mind over the years from my self-taught building, design and fiberglass experience.
I am presently building it but I'm not following any plans or have taken the information from somewhere. So don't ask me where you can get plans for it. It's all coming from my mind as I go.

The houseboats main construction material is rigid urethane foam, which is a lightweight material that can become structural when sandwiched between layers of fiberglass or thin plywood.  The other main characteristics of urethane foam is it has one of the highest Insulation value for the thickness. The foam boards I'm using are 3 inches thick which represents R19 in Insulation value. The sheets are 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. The floor and ceiling of the living space will be 6 inches thick and the walls will be 3 inches thick.
If you know about insulation value and construction, you will know how efficient this home will be to heat or cool.

The houseboat will be a multihull, catamaran or pontoon style if you wish. Each pontoons will be about 28 feet long by 2 feet wide. The outside width (beam) will be 8 and 1/2 feet wide. The main cabin will have an internal size of 18 feet long by 8 feet wide. It will contain one enclose bedroom and one enclosed bathroom. The rest of the open space will be 10 feet long by 8 feet wide and will be the kitchen, dinning and living room space.
The outside upper roof will be used as an open deck but will have an above cover (for shade) which will be Solar electric panels used to propel the electric motor to navigate the rivers and waterways at no cost of you know what.
I will have an array of 48 volts 100 amp/hours lithium ion battery bank as reserve for high current maneuvering in and out of port and reserve house power. However, the idea is once under way to adjust the speed so the reserve batteries are not depleted. I should be able to fit about 2 KW of solar panels above the deck. Obviously I'll be navigating during daylight only.

Please note, in the winter the houseboat will be used on its trailer.

I'm making video's of each steps of the building process and will be releasing them as I build over the summer of 2013.

Here is the first video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_3cMqIAG20


Hope you enjoy my build

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Hi Luc, I watched your video and it appears you're seriously at work, which is good. I like how you're putting the foam together very precisely cut and glued. You almost have to pay attention to all the details since you'll be living in this construction.

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Hi Luc,

You should consider this engine for multi fuel propulsion capability:

http://www.energeticforum.com/renewable-energy/13574-underwater-steam-jet.html

You can build one out of BSP fittings and pipe very cheaply if you know how.

You can also run it from any heat source, including your battery bank for emergency backup power, or even dried seaweed, it is a simpler version of this:

http://www.overunityresearch.com/index.php?topic=2057.0

Something for you to consider in the future as a simple cheap way to add propulsion to your houseboat.

Rob :)


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Very nice Luc, love your detail. I always had an earning to live on a boat, now too old :( and her indoors would not aprove ;D

I will be looking on in interest, hope you plan some free power and heat :D

By the way where in Canada are you?

Mike 8)


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Great stuff Luc looking forward to following your build  O0

Did you ever hear of the guy who built an island out of lemonade bottles
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WGqowKxvbk[/youtube]
   
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Hi to everyone who has replied.

Sorry I did not noticed your replies till now. Usually I receive an email notice!... but did not.
Anyways, thanks for your replies.

Here is a video update I forgot to post last time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpsr2JmNIg

Luc
   
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And here is a new video update

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08NbhPbfulg

Luc
   
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Hi everyone,

again I have a video update of the houseboat build.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XXzir2-MXg

Luc
   
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Hi everyone,

I have another video update of the houseboat build.

Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIzrUN92DbQ

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It's not as complicated as it may seem...
Hi Luc.

I watched part 4. Looking forward to part 5.

Nice job so far. A lot of work hey?
   
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Hi Poynt,

thanks for having a look at the videos.

Yes, it's a lot of work!... more than most could imagine. However, I feel that it can be completed in a year, so it's much faster than a standard boat build which takes a single person 3 to 5 years in average.

Luc
   
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Hi everyone,

I have another video update of the houseboat build.

Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jYDA1lA48A

Luc
   
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Hi everyone,

I have another video update of the houseboat build.

Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpxyDc3mtYk

Luc
   
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Hi Luc
It's looking great.
I hope you dont mind,but i started a thread on my forum of your build.
I have placed in our  !solar section!-seem'd like the best place,as we dont have a house boat section lol.
http://iaec.forumco.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1298
   

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It's not as complicated as it may seem...
You are a machine Luc!

I admire your high standards and your patience to stick to them.

Good work.
   
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Hi everyone,

I have another video update of the houseboat build.

Part 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5exPjMTf0WU

Luc
   
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Hi Luc
It's looking great.
I hope you dont mind,but i started a thread on my forum of your build.
I have placed in our  !solar section!-seem'd like the best place,as we dont have a house boat section lol.
http://iaec.forumco.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1298

Thanks for your interest TinMan and for starting a topic at your site.

I'll also post updates there form now on.

Luc
   
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You are a machine Luc!

I admire your high standards and your patience to stick to them.

Good work.

Thanks poynt for your post.

I may make it look easy in the videos but I think you know how much work all this is.

Luc
   

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It's not as complicated as it may seem...
It's coming along nicely Luc. Neat techniques you developed there.
   
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