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Thursday, November 17, 2011

TWELVE Terrific (and Tiny) Houseboats and Shantyboats- A photo gallery

12 TERRIFIC AND TINY (well, most of 'em) HOUSEBOATS and SHANTYBOATS.....PART 2....

      Here's ANOTHER gallery of really cool, unique, fun, and in some cases, damn tiny houseboats and shantyboats for your viewing/drooling pleasure. I REALLY still want to build one at some point and the more I talk about it with my brother Dustin, the more it becomes a "larger" documentary-style project- featuring a few works/boats of others, and the building process of one I'd design, and launch- giving viewers a cruise along the North River in Massachusetts- home to some REALLY cool and offbeat small homes. Anyway, I'm getting way ahead of myself, so whether you're a boat nut, or a tiny house/cabin fan, I think you'll appreciate some of these.....I also added my "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" sketch of "The Pimple" in the mix (at the end)- as this is one of the sketches (and the reading of "Shantyboat" by Harlan Hubbard) that landed me houseboat-fever yet again!

"The Pimple (aka THE TERRAPIN)"- the tiniest of "house"boats- a sketch from "HUMBLE HOMES, SIMPLE SHACKS"
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-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


  1. Hi there,

    quick question for you. I just bought your new color book. However, I noticed in the description of your OLD book that is was part instructional. Which is more of what I am looking for since I have relativly little experience building things, much lest an awesome tiny living space!

    Should I have looked for the first edition?

  2. Derek, I hope you check this area for comments and to reply. I live in Northern MN. Do you ever think about tiny house plans that would stand up to MN winters for year around living rustic and simple as far as a heat source; (i.e. Angle Inlet, MN); accomodate 2 people; be safe from bears (while gone from home); safe from intruders (single 50ish person)? I wish I could attend one of your workshops....far away and work full time, but anyway, I LOVE every idea you put out there for people to see and/or try, and your sense of humor is great. Also...for those of us with low to no money who keep hoping and dreaming, you are a dream-saver!

  3. Sorry, I forgot one more question. I was thinking about a houseboat tiny house. I saw a huge boathouse (so to speak) built in Canada (internet surfing) that had a dock on the sides and back (barrels) and the house sat up on stilts from the dock up. The front was open so a small boat could be pulled underneath the house -- in-between the docks. I wondered how that would hold up when the lake freezes over...? Sorry if this is not the right place to "write a lot" I have only emailed on gmail and don't know much about blogging and things. Thanks again.

  4. What a fun post! I love them all!!!

  5. Awesome little house boats! Would love to have one if there was some water close by. Oh well. There are some lakes I would love to put one in, or even a local cove here in Massachusetts.

  6. i really like tiny houses and small hoseboats