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Old 09-07-2011, 08:34 AM   #29
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On the California delta, you used to be able to rent a "camp-a-float" houseboat which was basically a barge for you to drive your RV onto. We saw some with A very tiny trailer use it one weekend. It turned out the tides were too low to get their trailer off on Sunday afternoon so they were given another free weekend to come back and use it and take it off the next Sunday. The barge was a houseboat floor, no house except I think a portapotti. And the steering wheel was on the barge, with the engine controls. I can't upload the photo but here is a link.

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Seems like a house boat on a trailer would work better. Launch it and then hoist the trailer on top.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #32
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Seems like a house boat on a trailer would work better. Launch it and then hoist the trailer on top.
Or just leave the trailer behind - after all, you can't take the tow vehicle with you, so what use is the trailer without it?

I think the basic problem is that trailer layouts don't make very good boat layouts - the lack of open space on 'deck' being one big issue.

There was a British boat that was 'optimised' for use with a trailer. The bright thing was that it sat on its trailer 'backwards' so that the cockpit at the back of the boat was easily accessible from the tongue of the trailer.

What I presume is an enthusiastic amateur has put it back in production, so here is the (less than brilliant) web site: Wilderness Narrowboats

In case it all seems a bit strange, the (very, very old) canal system in Britain settled on a standard lock width of 7 feet, so boats that can navigate the canals have to be 6'10" wide - the same problem exists with the Panama Canal, though at a slightly larger size...
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:08 AM   #33
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Funny, Mr. 2yax and I were talking about just this thing on our Labor Day get-away. Talk got around to putting a 13 footer onna pontoon boat and taking it down one of the larger rivers or putting it on one of the huge lakes on the continent. Trailering it would be interesting, though, and require a much larger tug than our Durango.

In the end, not exactly one of the more practical ideas we've ever pondered.

OTOH, that Narrow Boat is danged cute and all the openess from those large!!


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