Dream Building – Build Your Own Trailered Houseboat


Dream Building – Build Your Own Trailered Houseboat


Sandi and Lee Freeman dream was to build a boat and vacation on it! Not just any boat. They wanted to build a boat that have room and amenities to live aboard during vacation and use as a camper along the way.

After looking at factory built boats it was plain to see that a family with children just did not have money for luxuries like a houseboat.

So, they built their boat right in their back yard and you can too! The hull was constructed of local lumberyard materials and covered with fiberglass. The end result was a craft that out performed factory built boats at a fraction of the cost. Plus, there is a special feeling knowing they built their boat themselves. It becomes more than a boat, it becomes part of their family.

Amateur boat building is huge around the world. Canal boats, pontoon boats, houseboats and just about any type of factory built boat can be constructed by the back yard boat builder.

Over the years Sandi and Lee have received many questions about how they built this boat and what materials they used. They have answered all these and more in their book.

Introducing… Dream Building – Build Your Own Trailered Houseboat

This book is packed with information and humor about how Sandi and Lee built and cruised their own boat affectionately named the “Fair Havens”. It is loaded with photographs and answers to questions that arise with such a project. . If you are planning to construct your own boat, or you are looking for a great family project, this book is for you! Even if you do not construct this particular boat, the information you get will be invaluable even when building from other boat plans.

One of the repeated themes they share in this book is how they used local supplies. This saved them a lot of money without sacrificing the quality of their boat. However it took a lot of research time. They share all their research with you so you can spend time on your boat!

This book is not all about boat construction. Sandi and Lee share the story of their Maiden Cruise up the Florida Intercoastal Waterway from Cocoa Beach to St Augustine. Enjoy their Florida Key cruises where their family vacationed for many years staying, not in expensive hotels, but on their boat.

You will experience an average family building their dream boat together…

Even if you never build your own houseboat this book is a great read.

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Dream Building – Build Your Own Trailered Houseboat