Custom built 42' two-story cedar shingled wooden hulled houseboat

by Susan Hurley
(East Lyme, CT)

Lenore D. has now been spoken for!

She will be going to Newport RI.

42' X 14’ double decked, cedar shingled wooden houseboat located in Mystic, CT.

Double planked cedar over yellow pine.

Oak and fir framing, oak keel.

12 volt wiring, 110 volt, 10, 12, 14 gauge.

Water heater, refrigeration, diesel furnace, 120 gallon rubber fuel tank, 2 fresh water tanks (180 gallon capacity), galley, head with shower.

This boat was built in 1981 by Jeff Hall, a well known and respected marine carpenter.

Although the "Lenore D." has fallen upon hard times, know ye this:
Noble kings and princes would bow whene'er they came!
Pirate ships would lower their flags when sailing by this dame.

Sadly, while dragons may live forever, life happens to the rest of us, and this once fine, two-story floating cottage (which can provide cozy and safe year round shelter) has been neglected.

But her hull is still in good shape and she's not beyond repair.

You would need to either tow her away, or make arrangements with the marina to keep her there.

There are several marinas nearby that can haul her for repairs.

She weighs 20 tons and needs three straps on the travel lift.

If you are handy, have the time and resources, she can be yours for free, and perhaps a song if you're game.

More information and pictures available for serious inquires.

Please, no tire kickers!

Contact info:

Comments for Custom built 42' two-story cedar shingled wooden hulled houseboat

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 25, 2015
Lenore D.
by: Michael

Lenore D. has now been spoken for!

She will be going to Newport RI.

Jan 02, 2015
by: Kelly

is this still available ?

Dec 31, 2014
Rowing on the river
by: Russell Smith

I used to row by every morning early and Susan was always on the back porch.

She always waved.

This home is unique and should be saved!

Dec 30, 2014
Mystic River Memories
by: Owen Luck

Kept a sloop in Noank and passed the Lenore D many a time on the Mystic River, in my dingy on my way to Flo's Kitchen Little for Breakfast was even aboard once for cocktails.

Get Well soon Lenore.

Dec 29, 2014
Lenore D.
by: Jan

How can I relate all the magic I experienced on Lenore D. over a 15 year period?

It all began when Susan invited me to breakfast on her houseboat.

I was tired, very hungry and yes, poor.

That began a friendship that has weathered heavy storms and calm seas.

Hurricane Bob found us anxiously adjusting lines, watching the river rise until we were level with the marina lot.
Thankfully she didn't float aground.

Countless nights we motored to the Seaport in the flamingo dinghy, floated back down river, singing, fending off yachts and schooners, laughing with the trolls under the bridge until the current carried us home.

Thanksgiving dinners shared with friends then delivering a plate to the railroad bridge operator in the dinghy.

Being the unofficial judging stand for the wooden boat parade, honoring our favorites by jumping from the top deck into the river.

And the music which always flowed on the mystical river....

The rightful new owner must posses a reverence for the beauty of life in all of it's ebb and flow.

Thank you Lenore D. and Susan for my cherished memories.

With Love,

Dec 29, 2014
The Lenore D
by: Nancy MacKinnon

This house boat is owned by my sister Susan.

Susan made this boat her home on the Mystic River for many years.

Some of our best memories of family parties were on the Lenore D.

Being on the Lenore D. was indescribable; life’s worries, stress and issues were left behind when stepping aboard.

Once you stepped on the boat a sense of calmness came over you.

Family differences no longer mattered, we all came together to have fun and we did indeed have fun.

The music and the spirits flowed, the dancing began and the memories are engrained in our hearts forever.

You too could have this wonderful place to relax, become one with the water and learn to unwind like never before.

With some love and hard work you could bring this house boat back to life and experience the magic of this unique vessel.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to The Boats and Bits Exchange.

If you wish to add more photos (or videos) to your post or if you have any problems loading photos use the link below (there is no need to resize or adjust your photos).

All photographs posted here go into the same central receiving account.

I do occasionally receive stray photos.

So, before selecting your photo please use the 'Message Box' to indicate to which post the photos belong.

Click Here to securely send your photos,

I am perfectly aware that the majority of Wooden Boat aficionados are sensible folk.
However, I need to point out that I am an amateur wooden boat enthusiast simply writing in order to try to help other amateur wooden boat enthusiasts.
And while I take every care to ensure that the information in DIY Wood is correct, anyone acting on the information on this website does so at their own risk.