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Old 11-10-2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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Airstream houseboat

I saw the Vintage anomaly thread and wanted to fess up that I too have had thoughts of using an Airstream trailer for something else other than its originally advertised use as a camping trailer pulled by a tow vehicle.

My thought was to find a trailer that was beyond restoration and build an Airstream houseboat (I know some people think there is no such thing as "beyond restoration"). Has anyone else ever built a houseboat from an Airstream?

Please don't shoot me for having these thoughts.
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:19 AM   #2
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Found one!

It seems someone else had these thoughts too.
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:29 AM   #5
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From reading this article in Oceana's Herald-Journal out of Hart, MI, it looks like an Airstream houseboat has the neighbors talking.

Posted 10-12-2006
Houseboat stays, for now

Stony Lake Property Owners Association members are taking a wait and see approach regarding an Airstream-houseboat that has been on the water this past summer.


Association Vice President Chuck Ginebaugh said he believes the houseboat was launched from a private boat ramp in the Stony Lake subdivision and they are waiting to see if the property owners will allow the boat to be launched through their property next year. Ginebaugh said they have spoken with the sheriff’s department and learned there is nothing they can do. The boat was still on the water Sept. 29, property owner Cynthia McKinnon said.
Benona Township has not been approached about the houseboat, Supervisor Steve Fleming said. He thought he knew who the owner is.

“It’s a water thing,” Fleming said. “We don’t have a zoning ordinance or anything for water. “He goes out there I believe. I don’t think he is sleeping on it. He’s certainly not living on it.”

Oceana County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Buzz Angell also believed there is nothing the sheriff’s department can do about the houseboat. He provided a copy of a law that says county boards can regulate the mooring of houseboats on inland lakes by ordinance.
County Administrator Paul Inglis was not familiar with the houseboat, but said he would bring the issue to the county board of commissioners if requested. He instructed administrative assistant Sue Johnson to search for model ordinances, and said any proposed ordinance would need legal review for the content.
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ha! awesome! i was talking about that a few years back with some buddies.. get an old pontoon boat, and the shell off an airstream... (or better yet, avion! it'll keep the hate mail down), graft em together and away you go. i think it would get to be a bit top-heavy, though... unless you use a bambi or a caravel...

... but i think that's a capital crime in most states.

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ha! awesome! i was talking about that a few years back with some buddies.. get an old pontoon boat, and the shell off an airstream... (or better yet, avion! it'll keep the hate mail down), graft em together and away you go. i think it would get to be a bit top-heavy, though... unless you use a bambi or a caravel...

... but i think that's a capital crime in most states.
Just for the record...having *thoughts* about something is very different from taking *action* on the something!

I don't have the heart to actually do this to an Airstream but I have thought of it! I'm still working thru the 12-step program so expect/hope/anticipate that these thoughts will be under control in the next month or so.
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ha! awesome! i was talking about that a few years back with some buddies.. get an old pontoon boat, and the shell off an airstream... (or better yet, avion! it'll keep the hate mail down), graft em together and away you go. i think it would get to be a bit top-heavy, though... unless you use a bambi or a caravel...

... but i think that's a capital crime in most states.

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Funny you should mention that. she's actually already GOT a pontoon boat, AND 2 Bambies. To top it off, we live in a state that has no death penalty. All the ingredients for catastrophe are in place!
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I think an Airstream houseboat could be a pretty cool idea, but that is a really atrocious execution of the idea! Certainly we could design something a little more pleasing if we put our heads together.
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Way back in the mid 70's there was a facility established in the Kissimmee area of Florida to permit loading camping trailers on small powered pontoon barges to cruise the surrounding waterways. I'm not sure how long it stayed in business but I once dropped by and talked to the Owner. It was a fairly simple concept, consisting of short ramps between the barge and shore.

I've often thought about building a "Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn" type barge to moor at my camp during the summer - but I first need to build a ramp to take it in and out on during the winter (i.e.---4'-0" of ice.) The West side of our small lake is undeveloped, and the North end is a protected wetlands. With good screens on the windows, and a nice covered porch, it sure would be great to fall asleep listening to the night sounds - or spend an evening with a cane pole hanging over the rail! A 10 hp outboard would provide all the power needed. As for complaints from the neighbors - that's one of the reasons we chose the non-touristy area of Maine for retirement - live and let live!
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Funny you should mention that. she's actually already GOT a pontoon boat, AND 2 Bambies. To top it off, we live in a state that has no death penalty. All the ingredients for catastrophe are in place!
OMG! You crack me up! Too funny!

Not to worry...no chopping of any of my toys!

Whatever you do, DON'T TELL BRIAN about this post!
He will have me committed, for sure!
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yukionna, I think it is a great idea. We have a cottage on a Lake. We don't need a houseboat. Why not? It would take a bit of designing.
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If I was redoing my Tradewind I would put a little more Sikaflex around the belly pan, and Bearing Buddies.

Why do you need pontoons if the bottom is watertight? Probably needs some kind of a keel, and a motor bracket on the back. And replace the clearance lights with red and green navigation lights.
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