So more on the thought of a boat that could also be a camper trailer.
What are the goals?
- Trailerable behind my Chevy. 2000 pounds max.
- Standing headroom.
- Ability to get into the boat easily while it is on the trailer.
- Not too expensive.
- Ideally, it would have the ability to fold or telescope down so that it would tow easier.
- Ideally a shower.
- Queen sized bed.
- Place to cook… inside or out.
- My wife needs to like it because I want to do this with her.
There are three prime candidates I can think of.
Lisa B Good by the late Paul Browne. He was a member of our Shantyboat group over on yahoo and was a bright spirit who was willing to share with all others. The boat is 16 feet long.
- Length overall – 16′
- Beam at trailer bed – 7′ 6″
- Beam at rubrails – 8′
- Weight – about 2500 lbs
- Draft – 5″
- Headroom – 6′ 5″ at center
- Power – 5-10 hp outboard
- Speed – 5 kts downhill
Sadly, Paul died of cancer. His plans are available for free from Duckworks Magazine.
Next, is the Aqua Casa, which is available in a 16 and 20 foot length. Very similar to Lisa B Good in many ways.
Bolger designed one, and it looks like all the others here to some extent.
While I respect the ideas Bolger had, for my own reasons I most likely wouldn’t build one of his boats.
And then there is my old favorite, the Atkins Retreat.
As Atkin said, “The over-all length of the hull is 18 feet; the breadth is 7 feet; the depth from bottom to deck is 2 feet. The sides are flat and stand plumb: just like a long box having slanting ends. With everything aboard the hull will draw close to 5 inches of water.”
There is only standing headroom in the taller section, so for my wife at least, that is a major shortcoming. Actually, she is, for reasons unknown, totally entranced by those little motorcycle trailers.
I find that idea OK, but a little lacking in adventure.
All of these boats are very nice, and anyone would do. Always liked that Atkins, but I would also be delighted to build Paul’s boat, almost as a tribute.
Originally posted 2011-09-05 01:42:43.