KETCHIKAN, Alaska – A cool mini-houseboat that’s attracting attention at Thomas Basin is the handiwork of Ketchikan boat renovator Robert Hubbard, who salvaged the barge hull from a local beach and transformed it into a fully functioning live-aboard – in part by using a variety of salvage materials.
“It turned out pretty good,” Hubbard said inside the surprisingly spacious interior of the as-yet unnamed craft.
Surprisingly spacious, because the fiberglass, double-hulled, former cannery “gut barge” measures just 30 feet by 11.5 feet and has a draft of about 10 inches. Adding in the salvaged swim step and a 9.9-horsepower outboard motor extends the overall length to about 33 feet.
Despite the limited exterior dimensions, the barge’s interior features….