Tiny Floating Homes
This book is written from a first person perspective. It’s not an exhaustive reference on boat repair, there is a list of books that fit that label in the second chapter. Everything in this book has been done, by me, to my boat. I live aboard my boat full time and sail around the San Juan Islands as much as possible. These are the things I’ve done to make my little floating home comfortable. This is one way of doing it that works.
I am a cost conscious cruiser: putting up the money for superior material, but willing to do the labor myself. I’m also willing to put in the effort to learn new skills. If that resonates with you, then you are the type of person this books is written for. No need to do exactly what I’ve done, but this book should get you going down the right path.
Many people flirt with the idea of living aboard a boat, but advice and examples are hard to find. There is very little practical guidance on succeeding in the simple, nomadic lifestyle long-term. Many people try, but are frustrated in finding a way to sustain the experience for longer than a season. The purpose of this book is to give practical guidance on how to build the personalized infrastructure necessary to sustain a low-carbon, low-cost, nomadic way of life. It is based on several years of hands-on experience, living this lifestyle long-term.
The attraction of living on a boat is not hard to understand. People from all walks of life are embracing low-carbon, nomadic lifestyles which emphasize the value of personal experience over personal possessions; self-actualization over external validation. People are beginning to realize that time is the only thing under their control, and they can spend it making money or making memories.This is not a book about sailing. It is about living on a boat, whether or not that boat ever leaves the dock. Sailboats are emphasized over power boats due to their ability to travel with less cost and in an environmentally friendly manner. Much of the advice in this book applies equally to both.
The good news is that the nomadic way of life has never been easier, cheaper, or more accessible. The plethora of propane appliances, high-tech insulation, GPS navigation, long-range Wi-Fi, and inexpensive solar panels and generators makes amassing the personal infrastructure necessary to sustain your life a simple matter compared to the obstacles of the past. The biggest hurdles are purchasing the right equipment and assembling them in the right order. This book will help you with both.
This book is written for those people intrigued by boats and tiny houses. People who aren’t afraid to read a book, watch a few YouTube videos, then roll up their sleeves and try their best. There is no ‘right way’ to turn a boat into a tiny home. Heck, the very concept of ‘level’ doesn’t even exist on a boat. As long as the structural integrity of the boat is sound, your only limit is your creativity and willingness to put the ‘sweat equity’ into your own affordable, environmentally friendly, waterfront home.