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TinMan
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Posted - September 08 2013 :  08:34:48  Show Profile Send TinMan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have been watching Luc's progress on his build,and thought it well worth wile posting the full build here.
So grab a coffee or beer-oh and the popcorn.
Enjoy this great project.


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Posted - September 08 2013 :  08:36:08  Show Profile Send TinMan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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gotoluc
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Posted - September 12 2013 :  17:17:39  Show Profile Send gotoluc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks TinMan for starting a topic at your site on my Houseboat build.

I have part 8 video now available

You must be logged in to see this link.


What is it I have to do to have the video box in the post like your posts above?

Thanks

Luc

Also, here are some basic details on the build. TM, maybe you can edit the first post to include it.

Hi everyone,

I am presently building a Houseboat that will be my year round home.

I like living close to water and for the past 18 years have owned and lived on my sailboat part of the season. I say part of the season because I live in Canada, so living on a sailboat in the winter is not an easy thing to do.

For many years I've been thinking of a boat design that could be my home in the winter as well as my boat and home in the summer.
I want it to be towable by a minivan, suv or pickup if I need to move it. So it would need to be a maximum of 8 and 1/2 feet wide and would like to keep the weight below 3,500 pounds if possible.

I have a design that has evolve in my mind over the years from my self-taught building, design and fiberglass experience.
I am presently building it but I'm not following any plans or have taken the information from somewhere. So don't ask me where you can get plans for it. It's all coming from my mind as I go.

The houseboats main construction material is rigid urethane foam, which is a lightweight material that can become structural when sandwiched between layers of fiberglass or thin plywood. The other main characteristics of urethane foam is it has one of the highest Insulation value for the thickness. The foam boards I'm using are 3 inches thick which represents R19 in Insulation value. The sheets are 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. The floor and ceiling of the living space will be 6 inches thick and the walls will be 3 inches thick.
If you know about insulation value and construction, you will know how efficient this home will be to heat or cool.

The houseboat will be a multihull, catamaran or pontoon style if you wish. Each pontoons will be about 28 feet long by 2 feet wide. The outside width (beam) will be 8 and 1/2 feet wide. The main cabin will have an internal size of 18 feet long by 8 feet wide. It will contain one enclose bedroom and one enclosed bathroom. The rest of the open space will be 10 feet long by 8 feet wide and will be the kitchen, dinning and living room space.
The outside upper roof will be used as an open deck but will have an above cover (for shade) which will be Solar electric panels used to propel the electric motor to navigate the rivers and waterways at no cost of you know what.
I will have an array of 48 volts 100 amp/hours lithium ion battery bank as reserve for high current maneuvering in and out of port and reserve house power. However, the idea is once under way to adjust the speed so the reserve batteries are not depleted. I should be able to fit about 2 KW of solar panels above the deck. Obviously I'll be navigating during daylight only.

Please note, in the winter the houseboat will be used on its trailer.

I'm making video's of each steps of the building process and will be releasing them as I build over the summer of 2013.

Hope you enjoy my build

Luc

Edited by - gotoluc on September 13 2013 00:07:27
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gotoluc
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Posted - September 13 2013 :  00:13:05  Show Profile Send gotoluc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
FYI, the below is is copied from the OU forum and contains more details to questions asked.

Questions
Luc,

Just a few thoughts regarding your heating plans.

First, why all the extra weight and complexity of the heated liquid loop in the floor as opposed to an air/forced air furnace? I would think you would want to go with minimal weight and power consumption...

Second, it would be unsafe to operate the heater you specified inside the living space due to O2 depletion and combustion gas venting into your living area. Possibly you could mount it outside, but, doesn't Canada have any inspection/regulations regarding the type of boat you are building and/or require marine certified appliances? If not, consider a marine certified (or at the very least an RV certified) externally vented furnace anyway (and at least a couple combination fire/CO detectors as well). Same goes for stove or frig, I'd suggest marine (or RV) certified...

You might consider adding an air to air heat exchanger to allow efficient venting of your living space in cold weather. You can't live in an airtight box!


Regarding your "2000 watts" is that just your panel rating for charging?

How many HP do you plan to have for thrust and how much battery storage to maintain that thrust for how long?

In wind/high winds, a house boat is sorta' like your sailboat, only you can't furl the sheets...


PW

My reply

Hi PW

thanks for your post and concerns.

A forced air furnace needs ducts to distribute the heat to each room. I have no space for ducts. It's also difficult to balance the heat evenly as most of the heat will rise and leave the floors and some corners of the room cold. It's also a noisy system.

Radiant heating is just about noise free
Before I do the fiberglass on the inside cabin floor I will cut the 1/2 inch grooves in the foam (with a router) to fit the tubing, so it's very easy to install and takes no space. The big benefit will be that all parts of the floor and rooms will be equal temperature. No more freezing feet.
I don't agree it will be heavier and quite sure the circulation pump will use less power than a forced air system would.
The boiler will be inside a fire proof insulated enclosure which will have its own fresh air intake. In case of Smoke or Propane the enclosure will have a smoke and propane detector which each will operate a relay (instead of horn) to shut off the main electric valve on the Propane tank located outside.

My oven is a new 3 burner propane made for RV. Fridge is also RV 12vdc Norcold which uses 50 watts while operating. I'm building my own insulated box for the fridge which will have about triple the foam insulation then the manufactures version.

I will have 4 new Argon gas filled awning windows, so fresh air should not be a problem.

Once the boat is done it will be certified by an intelligent Marine surveyor for insurance purpose.

The solar array will be 2KW max. A maximum of 100 amp/hour 48volt Lithium Ion will be the battery storage bank.
The battery bank will be mainly used for the house and for extra maneuvering power needed while docking and coming in or going out of port. Once under way I will only use the power the panels can supply, so I back off motor speed till I maintain the voltage on the house battery and that will be my cruising speed. I'm hoping to have about 6 knots of cruising speed from the 1.2 to 1.5 average KW the panels will generate. For emergency I'll have a lightweight and silent 2KW generator.

The electric drive motor will be a 5kw 48vdc with a Ducted Rice Speed Nozzle Propeller drive system.

Hope this answers most of your questions and concerns

Luc

Edited by - gotoluc on September 13 2013 00:14:54
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Anothercoilgun
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Posted - September 14 2013 :  18:45:47  Show Profile Send Anothercoilgun a Private Message  Reply with Quote
People still build large structures with their own two hands in this modern age of i-Life!

I am shocked and amazed. Very inspirational.

OLD Boy's %@+$!~^ Bench :)
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