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Offline gotoluc

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Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« on: May 12, 2013, 03:20:03 AM »
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.

Here is the first video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_3cMqIAG20


Hope you enjoy my build

Luc

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 03:35:14 PM »
Hi Luc,

Looks like a great project you are doing. I wish your new home weathers many storms without any difficulties.

One thing I wonder on your mentioning "enclosed bedroom and one enclosed bathroom": how do you solve ventilation in those rooms, for it is an important issue, isn't it ?

Will you have an area for tinkering?   :D

Thanks,  Gyula


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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 05:11:46 PM »
« Last Edit: May 12, 2013, 07:29:59 PM by wings »

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 07:29:02 PM »
Hi Luc,

Looks like a great project you are doing. I wish your new home weathers many storms without any difficulties.

One thing I wonder on your mentioning "enclosed bedroom and one enclosed bathroom": how do you solve ventilation in those rooms, for it is an important issue, isn't it ?

Will you have an area for tinkering?   :D

Thanks,  Gyula

Hi Gyula,

thanks for your post.

Both enclosed rooms will each have a windows.

My main room will be used for tinkering ;)

Luc


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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 07:30:44 PM »
:)  interesting project .... for those interested hull design I suggest these free software :

http://www.delftship.net/delftship/index.php/delftship/delftship-free
http://freeship-plus.pisem.su/indexEN.html

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/search.php?searchid=2901529

added- land or water catamaran au projet

Thanks wings for your post and links to these free hull design software

Luc

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 07:30:44 PM »
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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 05:37:55 PM »
In regards to solar-energy what do you think if the claims by Ronald Ace and his "solar trap" (link: http://www.ryot.org/inventor-ronald-ace-says-his-solar-traps-will-solve-the-worlds-energy-problems/159473 )? Any ideas what he's doing?


For a solar-powered houseboat it would be great to use high-efficiency panels.


truesearch

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 07:32:33 PM »
In regards to solar-energy what do you think if the claims by Ronald Ace and his "solar trap" (link: http://www.ryot.org/inventor-ronald-ace-says-his-solar-traps-will-solve-the-worlds-energy-problems/159473 )? Any ideas what he's doing?


For a solar-powered houseboat it would be great to use high-efficiency panels.


truesearch

Interesting claim but with no details and even a working device ever built!... what is there to say :-\ .  One thing to note is, this concept seems to be a heat device which means you would also need a steam turbine or something to convert the heat to electricity.

I'll stay with solar panels even if they are only 16% efficient as they directly output electricity and we know they can work right now and for many years to come. Besides, the price is now down to $1. a watt.

Luc

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 07:32:33 PM »
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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2013, 01:31:29 AM »
Hi everyone,

I have a small video update of the houseboat build.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpsr2JmNIg

Luc


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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2013, 03:12:28 PM »
Hi everyone,

I have a small video update of the houseboat build.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08NbhPbfulg

Luc

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2013, 08:11:25 AM »
Hi everyone,

again I have a video update of the houseboat build.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XXzir2-MXg

Luc

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2013, 01:21:35 AM »
Hi gotoluc, thanks for sharing, awesome work so far.
Whenever you get time to reply, just wondering what kind of weight that base can support, thanks.
peace love light
tyson :)

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2013, 05:01:46 AM »
Hi Tyson,

I'm sure it could hold and float over 4,000 pounds.

The weight of the houseboat alone (once completed) should be between 3,500 to 4,000 pounds and should be able to hold an extra 4,000 lbs.

Hope this answers your question

Luc


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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2013, 06:22:36 AM »
Hi gotoluc, thanks for the reply.
Hope everything continues smoothly for you, with your houseboat.
peace love light
tyson ;)

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2013, 03:28:51 PM »
Hi everyone,

I have another video update of the houseboat build.

Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIzrUN92DbQ

Luc


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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2013, 05:09:01 AM »
Hi everyone,

I have another video update of the houseboat build.

Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jYDA1lA48A

Luc

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Re: Building a Solar Electric Houseboat
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