“Ken Hulme, out here on Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. I’m kicking around retirement liveaboard ideas. Call this one a “shantyboat” or “river cruising scow” or “pseudo-narrowboat” for shallow, sheltered freshwater. My idea is to start with a watertight, marine painted, standard 8x8x40 ft. shipping container. Cut away the ends, put new steel in where needed, frame in the cabin ends with plywood. Use cast concrete “joists” 12″ high to lay a removeable floor on. Underfloor is for storing water, supplies, etc. You still have 6’+ headroom. The “decks” at either end get storage seats built in. Cut out and frame in windows where needed.
Rough calculations show that the 8000 lb container will draft about….’
Originally posted 2012-04-22 19:13:35.