Handmade Houseboats

Handmade Houseboats

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People seem inexorably drawn to live near water, but rising prices for waterfront land have made that an impossible dream for most. There is an alternative. Water-loving people of modest means have lived aboard houseboats for centuries, and why not? Unlike expensive, cramped, and hard-to-build liveaboard cruising boats, spacious, homey houseboats are easily and economically constructed from commmon lumberyard materials. And unlike those high-priced waterfront cottages, there's no lawn to mow and often no property taxes. And if you don't like the new neighbors, just up anchor and be off. This book tells those who would live afloat how to design and build their own place on the water. There are detailed plans and building instructions for sample houseboats; help with designing a personalized houseboat from scratch; resource-stingy contrivances for easing life aboard, including a solar oven, a windmill-powered washing machine, and innovative power-, water-, and waste-management systems; and more. qHandmade Houseboatsq will help you build a self-sufficient and economical floating home that generates its own power, deals with its own waste, and leaves no scar upon the Earth.A wiring diagram for meter installation is shown in Figure 9-11. Note that the ammeter is wired in series, or fitted along the length of the positive wire. The voltmeter is fitted in parallel, from negative to positive. An ammeter put across the batteryanbsp;...

Title:Handmade Houseboats
Author: Russell Conder
Publisher:McGraw Hill Professional - 1992

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