Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water
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Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water

August 12, 2019

>>MAT: Hey everyone, we were just driving down the highway and came across this really awesome floating houseboat. So we contacted the builder, Richard, and he agreed to put it in the water for us so we could have a look. He built it all himself by hand. It’s like a tiny floating cabin. It looks tiny, but you’ll be really surprised to see how much he was able to fit in this houseboat There’s a dinette that turns into a bed, a full kitchen with fridge, sink, cooktop, there’s a heater, a full bathroom with a toilet, separate sink and shower, and on top of that there’s a super spacious deck for hanging out and enjoying the surroundings Ever since we saw this boat, we can’t stop imagining how cool it would be to live in this for a whole summer. Just living on the water. So we’re really excited to show you this we’re gonna give you a full tour. Let’s go take a look inside! [Music Playing] So this houseboat is 24 feet long (7.3 m) long and 8.5 feet wide (2.6 m) wide It weighs 5,700 lbs and it’s set up on three aluminum pontoons There’s a gas motor with a 192-liter gas tank at the front. For solar power, there’s a 260 Watt solar panel hooked up to two 6-volt AGM sealed batteries and there’s a 30 lb (13.6 kg) horizontal propane tank used to power the heater, the cooktop, and the hot water heater. So when you come in, this is the whole living area so there’s a little dinette here that converts into a sleeping area. You just remove the leg, lower the table and make your bed [Music Playing] There’s also a bunch of storage underneath the benches like this Over here is a pretty nice and spacious kitchen, there’s a sink, a propane stove, and actually quite a bit of counter space. And over here is the fridge. It’s 4.5 cubic feet, it’s electric and it runs entirely off the solar power system. There’s a ton of storage and there are some nice handmade drawers here For the heater. It’s a little propane Martin heater here. This is a pretty nice feature, too, there’s some open shelving but he added some mesh because things are moving around in the boat quite a bit. Over here is the roof vent that runs off the solar power system also to get some good air circulation and prevent it from getting too hot in here. All the LED lights are also running off solar power. And this is the little dining area. There are some cup holders here and some storage for a few things here if the boat’s rocking and it won’t move around and believe it or not even though this space is tiny, there’s a full bathroom with a toilet and a shower. So it’s just a dry toilet, dry composting toilet. And in the same space, there’s a small shower. There’s also a separate sink and then the floor is made of wood slats and the water drains through the wood slats into the greywater system. And if you’re taking a shower, you just close the curtain all around to cover the door and the toilet. [Music Playing] The sink in the kitchen, the sink in the bathroom and also the shower all run off a 12-volt pump and they all drain into a custom greywater filtration system that Richard designed. So apparently here in Quebec you’re allowed to dump your greywater (if you’re on a boat) directly in the body of water that you’re on. Richard thought it was important to filter the greywater before dumping it so he actually custom-built a greywater filtration system. It’s basically a big charcoal filter that purifies the water before letting it drain. There’s a 56-liter freshwater tank but you can also flip a switch and draw water directly from the lake or a river that you’re on. For example if you want to take a shower without emptying your freshwater tank, you just flip that switch and take your shower like that. [Music Playing] It’s cool that there’s a bunch of windows in here, you can get a really nice view from pretty much every angle. You can open a few of them so you can get some nice air flow. There’s also the big patio doors at the front and a really nice touch is that he put some small glass panels at the edge here and it’s just a really nice touch gives it a cool effect. You’ll notice all the woodwork, all the cabinetry, the beams, the ceiling, everything has been made by hand by Richard. He’s actually a woodworker, a professional woodworker. So you can tell that everything’s beautifully crafted and made with a lot of care. For the wood, he used mostly white cedar which is one of the lightest woods in the world and it’s great to use on a boat because it doesn’t rot like other types of wood. And one of the coolest things about this mini floating house is the huge patio door leading onto a deck Right now, this boat is kind of set up more as a fishing boat, but he’s actually planning on building one that’s more of a home so there’s gonna be some couches on the outside and it’ll be set up a little bit more just for hanging out. There’s also an awning that you can set up for shade and protect against the rain. [Music Playing] So many years ago when we started trying to figure out what we wanted to do, if we wanted to live in a tiny house or a camper van or an RV or a sailboat. The sailboat was always one of our favorite options but we hadn’t really considered a houseboat like this on pontoons and one of the advantages to this as opposed to a sailboat I guess is that you don’t need to learn how to sail and your living space is above the water so you would have a lot more light. It just seems like a nice living space. So if you’re interested to learn more about this boat and what Richard’s working on you can check out the link to his website, it’s going to be in the description of this video. Please share this video if you liked it and subscribe to see more like this.


  • Reply Exploring Alternatives June 13, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you for watching! You can learn more about this epic houseboat by Daigno at: http://daigno.ca/en/home.html

  • Reply Alegon Bessole June 23, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    some people just buy a yacht…

  • Reply Nico Mossa June 23, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    This would be perfect for like an over night catch and cook

  • Reply White Ranger Tiger Power June 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Ya still do come on lol my guitar fingers are all urs on spare time if ya don’t mind 😉

  • Reply :GÜMÜŞ BEY June 23, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Super hello istanbul

  • Reply LongIslandADED June 24, 2019 at 2:22 am

    👍🏾🙂🌟 that's an amazing little house boat

  • Reply Mad Hatman June 24, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Dude could make a living building that houseboat for people. He would get tons of orders.

  • Reply Melissa Stepp June 24, 2019 at 8:27 am

    I could live in this for sure

  • Reply Lilly Wiggles June 24, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Awesome! Would love to buy one for ourselves!! 😄🌹💖🌹

  • Reply Richard Park June 24, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I would submit that this is unequivocally superior in both design esthetics and build quality to anything on the market. He needs to build for us!

  • Reply Keep Itreal June 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    This would be so cool to live in

  • Reply Kervin Benitez June 25, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Look nice . for a river or a lake . not seas

  • Reply joe coquerre June 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    When I built mine(pretty similar) I used a 2017 Supercharged Jet-ski engine(great in shallow waters and maneuvers(two anchors),And great pilot house on the large rear deck,but also commands inside for cold and rainy days,lots of space for Fishing rods,bait tank,fridge and freezer,but no need to undo the table,went for Night Trains folding bed-banks,sleeping for 4 adults…..All LED lights inside and ramps outside(For eel fishing with live frogs…!!!),at night).Complete roof covered with solar panels,and gaz tanks for the BBQ,stoves and oven,nothing like a grilled Pike…….!!!!!

  • Reply Anthony Ardito June 25, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Very nice just give a idea a chance and watch it grow into something special.

  • Reply Satish Karde June 26, 2019 at 5:02 am

    In india even engineering student can't build such spectacular boat

  • Reply Ermie Torrefiel June 28, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Nice one loves it…….

  • Reply kamilla redamar June 28, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    beautiful 🙂 wow

  • Reply jkwo2007 June 28, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Hi, man

    You pronunciation is very clear, and talk speed not too slow, certainly not too fast. I can enjoy your video without turning on the closed captions.

    Instead of staying domestically, if you like, you can consider going abroad to see the world by teaching non-English speaking native people English to support your travel expenses.

    An interesting topic, by the way. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mam Helmet June 29, 2019 at 8:57 am

    How much I won to buy now. . . ? ? ?

  • Reply Czo Lo July 1, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Dinette with table that turns into a bed. And over here is another table that is completely useless and a waste of space, unless you're a cat. Why 2 tables?? That is so unnecessary.

  • Reply William Van Parys July 3, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Pretty cool man!!!

  • Reply Carter Pishotta July 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Absolutely amazing. Never seen anything like this before!

  • Reply Johan Swan July 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Living under a dome on a flat earth, acting like a container to keep all the water in, is surely a huge adventure.

  • Reply Apexbossman July 8, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Just looks like a floating caravan

  • Reply Hans Gruber July 8, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Superb job Richard!

  • Reply Armando Fermill July 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm


  • Reply Diprotic July 10, 2019 at 4:13 am

    it's as if someone said hey build me a yacht only in the worst way possible.

  • Reply Lornel Mitchell July 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    This is amazing…..love it and the quality of his craft is very evident.

  • Reply wayne ploof July 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    this is beautiful. work of a  craftsman

  • Reply Сергей July 11, 2019 at 10:56 am


  • Reply April Juárez July 11, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    What about a laundry room?

  • Reply Yakiro Jack July 11, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    This is very cool!

  • Reply wazzobazzo July 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Scale down the patio and make the bed non dwarf-sized. Otherwise it's awesome.

  • Reply Lorraine Price July 12, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    A beautiful work of art.

  • Reply Don July 12, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    It appears you have to jump in to service
    the engine

  • Reply C T July 12, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    That is so freaking awesome!

  • Reply Hunts By Chainsaw July 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Oh cool, this is in Quebec! Nice.

  • Reply Don July 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Id reckoned a solar water heater though to save propane. A black plastic or steel barrel would do the job adequately.

  • Reply Egan Fo July 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    This is magnifique.

  • Reply lepidolite2009 July 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I like the ceiling of that little boat. Very well done

  • Reply Miguel Lavoie July 15, 2019 at 4:12 am

    I feel like the center pontoon would make it less stable on rougher water. Wider the stance the more stable.

  • Reply centervilletn July 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    very nice build

  • Reply The samson July 19, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Good to take your second girl friend

  • Reply The samson July 19, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    If your girl started acting up then you take her friend

  • Reply marian smith July 20, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Love this

  • Reply Turley Thornton July 20, 2019 at 4:29 pm


  • Reply el hombre mas buscado July 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Sencillamente increíble 👍

  • Reply SNOW PORNING July 22, 2019 at 9:20 am

    That's amazing! Think about having slide outs on one.

  • Reply ronkirk50 July 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Boat living is awesome – I lived and cruised on a self-contained sailboat for 7 years including a 3 year, 40,000 mile circumnavigation. You meet the most interesting people. A few years ago while kayaking down the Mississippi, I saw a pontoon boat with a VW bus sitting on top motoring down river. Funny!

  • Reply luiz alberto July 22, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Muito bom!!

  • Reply gsansoucie July 22, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Excellent video.

  • Reply Jed Clampett July 23, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Curious what the trailer and boat weighed on the scales. Beautiful…..

  • Reply Beatrix Jones July 24, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Wow!! Absolutely perfect. I truly can’t believe the amazing work or art this man created. Every single detail is carefully designed and I take my hat of to this gentleman. Flawless. I would love the have the privilege to order a boat from this master craftsmen. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Bertha Austin July 24, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    I want one

  • Reply Kingdom Things July 25, 2019 at 3:50 am

    That's what I'm talkin bout. A floating home. 😁 i love it 💗 , but his prices are too high for me

  • Reply Sound Logic July 25, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Wow, amazing

  • Reply Сергей Кокоулин July 25, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Это было в технике молодежи.правда покрасивей.

  • Reply john brownlee July 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    very kool………………….

  • Reply Idania Morales July 25, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Beautiful ❤️

  • Reply j Clecio July 26, 2019 at 3:09 am


  • Reply Rahimullah Mirza July 27, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I like this floating house and I will build it for me.

  • Reply Andrey Kuznetsov July 27, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Really beautiful thanks man

  • Reply BACK40 AQUA July 27, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Hands down the finest tiny houseboat I’ve seen. I’ve looked at a pile of them as this in my 2025 selfish endeavor dream and planning away.

  • Reply rockyofusa1 July 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    house boat living used to be common on most rivers through out the US.

  • Reply Johnny R Battaglio July 27, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Awesome 👏👍

  • Reply Mason Reynolds July 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    the designs are cool and useful. respects to this man

  • Reply MrJeep75 July 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    That's cool

  • Reply Sergio Albuquerque July 28, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Isso não resiste a alto mar e tempestade

  • Reply LINDA Scott July 29, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Great place love it

  • Reply Tim McCullough July 29, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for this video and thank you Richard, this is awesome!

  • Reply Einstein July 29, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    there is no sauna? that sucks

  • Reply bemyvforever July 29, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    The craftmanship is just phenomenal, even to my untrained eyes it looks so well made.

  • Reply Maksim Maksim July 29, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Не плохо….неичего лишнего,,,,

  • Reply ALPHA FEMALE SOLO July 29, 2019 at 6:40 pm


  • Reply Alma Ross July 30, 2019 at 2:46 am


  • Reply Colin H. July 30, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Dry Composting Toilet? Ploop.

  • Reply Roberto Vergara Sr. July 30, 2019 at 11:32 am


  • Reply Michal Olender August 1, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Wow, give this man a medal!

  • Reply Jim Spohn August 1, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Very Nice where can this be viewed

  • Reply مبارك الشراري August 1, 2019 at 5:04 pm


  • Reply janice clezar August 2, 2019 at 3:45 am


  • Reply Agent 43 August 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm


  • Reply Clover Connections August 2, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Jaw-dropping gorgeous!

  • Reply Blyss1000 August 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Cool 😎 Fosho!

  • Reply Planet BS August 4, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Me envy him.

  • Reply Ariel NOAH official August 4, 2019 at 3:27 am


  • Reply Nicholas Wilson August 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    That was the coolest thing ever bro

  • Reply Joseph Chapman August 5, 2019 at 1:10 am

    That is not a full kitchen. That is not a full bath. That is not a super spacious deck. Stop exaggerating.

  • Reply Khang Vuong VN August 5, 2019 at 4:11 am

    C c gi noi nhieu qua

  • Reply W Oin August 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Richard did an incredible job! This is so sleek and thoughtfully designed

  • Reply CHELLE BELLE August 5, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I love this alot

  • Reply Carolyn Hiscock August 6, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful,absolutely beautiful .

  • Reply Сергей Федюков August 6, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Классно.отдых на 30дней…река,простор.:вода.Молодец.шифр.

  • Reply Kyle Ur daddy August 6, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    A FLOATING house boat. Wow I’ve never seen a FLOATING house boat

  • Reply Jarome Jacksan August 6, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    You can learn more about it on woodprix website I think.

  • Reply Keith Fine August 10, 2019 at 3:46 am


  • Reply Southern Buckeye August 10, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Unbelievable craftsmanship!

  • Reply robert kw August 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Wat een vakwerk

  • Reply Danny Smith August 11, 2019 at 5:13 pm


  • Reply PRASHANTH A August 12, 2019 at 12:44 am

    What will be the cost if we want that boat??

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