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#17 - Boat Sharing

Rethinking the Houseboat

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In northeastern France, Boathome is rethinking the houseboat. The company started with the notion that living on the water should open new horizons rather than constituting obstacles to be overcome. The vessel’s catamaran hull supports a platform measuring from 10 to 20 meters long and five to 10 meters wide, with deck space forward and a roof terrace. The three basic models offer numerous options, as well as full customization to meet individual needs.

In addition to living quarters, the boats are also suitable for use as floating office space, a cafe or other small business. Interior spaces are light and airy, in contrast to many canal boat type houseboats. Electric motors and solar panels provide silent, ecological propulsion, while joystick controls facilitate maneuvering. The 1.5 tons of batteries in the pontoons can be charged by the panels, via shore power or the auxiliary generator. There’s a reversible wastewater heating/cooling system and a pellet stove. Options include a wastewater treatment system and water purifier for additional mobility and self-sufficiency.

Read more about Houseboat on NauticExpo website.

 

About the Author

Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. Michael is the copy editor of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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