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The Spud Queen Built by Lloyd House

The Spud Queen was a floating home with three legs, or “spuds” built into it. (Spuds are the legs on pile drivers that are used to raise and lower the pile driver.)

“I’d float in at high tide, jack the boat up, and squat like a trojan horse against the ownership of the property. I parked there and I lived there, and I didn’t pay any taxes!”

Lloyd lived on the boat for over 20 years, docking it in four different places on an island in the Strait of Georgia…

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Floating Homes in Portland

On my way to see Foster Huntington in Washington this morning, crossing the Columbia River on Highway 5, I spotted this floating community.

Some quick Google research:

The Portland region has more floating homes than Seattle or San Francisco. Hayden Island alone has four moorages for floating homes, including West Hayden Island Moorage, with 57 floating homes, on the far west side, Jantzen Beach Moorage, Inc, the largest with 176 floating homes (south of Home Depot), Island Cove Floating Homes with 55 units (just west of Lotus Isle Park), and Tomahawk Island Floating Homes with some 72 community members…

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Life Aboard an Epic Sailboat in Japan



People don’t often associate Japan with life on a sailboat, but the country is rich with incredible places to explore via the great ocean. Daniel Springett and his family of 5 (plus a dog) have been traveling the world on their stunning 55 ft. James Warram–designed catamaran, but for the last couple of years have called the Inland Sea of Japan home.

This stunning vessel is named Tiare, the Polynesian word for flower, and has been home to the Springett family for the past 6 years. The boat was purchased in Thailand and for 5 years the family sailed the world before settling for a time in Yuge Island on the Inland Sea of Japan…

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Godfrey Stephens' Junk-Rigged Snookwis

…An ancient Nitnat canoe (carved from one cedar tree), which Godfrey rebuilt in the ’70s. It’s sheathed in copper, with an underwater Nautilus window and a tiny stainless steel wood stove; there’s room for two. Tilikum (Godfrey’s daughter) is now the caretaker of the boat and keeps it in Port Townsend, Washington…

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Ferry Boat for Sale in Brooklyn, NY

Yankee Ferry is definitely a home with a history. Built in 1907, it’s the oldest existing Ellis Island Ferry.

It started as a passenger steamer ferrying people between Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Islands and went on to serve in both world wars.

It was restored in the 1990s and bought by Richard and Victoria Mackenzie-Childs in 2003. Since then the designer duo have made it their home. And now it could be yours…

Key details:

  • 147 feet in length, a 29-foot beam, eight-foot draft with a steel hull
  • First deck workroom/creative space
  • Second deck with a ballroom with a stage and banquet table
  • Docked at the Henry Street Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • $1.25 million
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Living Off the Grid in Paradise



Warrick Mitchell lives deep in one of the world’s most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. His home in the country’s oldest national park is nestled in a vast wildness accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day’s walk from the nearest road. Life in isolation can be hard, but surrounded by breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, plentiful wildlife and a small but tight-knit community that is always willing to lend a hand, Mitchell would have it no other way.

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Josh Meilinger's Houseboat in BC, Canada

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After partly prefabbing the house in the barn, I was led to the perfect foundation: a small 68′ × 30′ retired inter-island BC Ferry with an 18′ ramp and a small crane. It was perfect for the build, but came with many challenges when I pulled the little barge up the Fraser River to start construction…

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Godfrey Stephens' Toomany Pocketts Sailing Vessel

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Godfrey Stephens’ latest sailboat is this little 12′ San Francisco Bay Pelican, a model designed in 1959 by Bill Short.

It’s a much beloved boat among sailors. Godfrey worked on and off customizing it. A leeboard on the side provides lateral resistance; this way he doesn’t need a centerboard, and can go up on the beach…

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Boat Builder's 20 ft. Shipping Container Home



A 20 ft. shipping container can be a challenging space to work with when constructing a home. Thankfully, with years of experience building super-yachts and racing boats, shipwright Evans is no stranger to working in small spaces and when it came to building his own home he has done a truly spectacular job of, quite literally, thinking inside the box.

Shipping containers make a lot of sense as a base for constructing a home. Structurally they are incredibly sound and because they are designed for marine environments, they are well-equipped to handle pretty much anything that nature can throw at them. Most people, when building a shipping container home, will modify the container by cutting holes for doors and windows. In his design however, Evans has left the entire exterior of the container structurally intact, meaning this 20 × 8 ft. home can still be shipped by sea, anywhere in the world…

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651 sq. ft. Houseboat for Sale in Seattle

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Welcome aboard “Island Otter” an incredibly well-built Seattle houseboat, steel hull & exterior construction. One-and-a-half level, dimensions of 42.6′ × 14.8′, large rooftop deck, full bath on main level, upper bedroom w/half bath, built-in queen bed w/drawers below. Beautiful maple cabinetry, Bolivian cherry wood work throughout, bamboo flooring, large pantry, dishwasher, 4-burner gas cooktop, paperstone countertop, washer/dryer hookup. Built-in sound system w/zone control, wall fireplace…

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