How many of us have dreamed of a cabin in the woods, nestled on the shore of a lake or river? For most of us, that dream is a high-ticket item. But what if you could have your cabin and not have to worry about buying the land or paying recreation-land taxes?
Enter the houseboat! A cabin on a barge-like vessel, capable of plying the waters or sitting stationary close to shore. Imagine yourself spending the weekend lazing across a lake, fishing pole in hand, rocked to sleep at night by the gentle movement of the water.
PBS will be hosting a documentary, Atchafalaya Houseboat, about Gwen Roland’s experiences on the houseboat she and her partner built on the Atchafalaya River in the 1970s. Her article, Barge on a Bayou was featured in Mother Earth News in 1982.
Gwen’s houseboat barge was 103 feet long. But if you are thinking of something a little smaller and easier to move around, check out this article and plan for how to build a houseboat. And read more on how to build a boat here.
Photo by Richard Trachi