DIANNE'S ROSE, Tiny Houseboat
by Roy Schreyer
(Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada)
The boat I’ve been building has come out of the shed for some air.
It still needs finishing touches but they will come over the winter and early spring.
Now resembling the drawings I sketched a while back, I’m excited to see it standing in front of me in 3D and thought I might show it to you and see what you think.
I’ve named it DIANNE”S ROSE for my wife.
A good sport, she often joined me on outings in my beach cruising sail boat but never fully warmed up to the “tippy” boat.
One day she commented that she would come out more often if we had a more comfortable boat.
Because I like my wife I decided to stop sketching small sailboats (one I even started to build) and instead draw a small house boat, we could both appreciate.
I have never cared for many of today’s fiberglass offerings, and have some different ideas about boat designs so to build from scratch seemed to be the right choice for me.
In designing this boat I factored in 1) Dianne’s wish to be comfortable, 2) my experience on our beach cruiser, namely it’s ability to cruise the shallows, 3) our finances so it should be affordable to build and own, 4) a wish to have a boat that was visually pleasing, practical and safe, and 5) my hope to make it amateur builder friendly so if reviews are good, I offer plans.
After ten years of cruising we still are enjoying our Rose!
We have lots of videos of our adventures if you'd like to see more and many builders are enjoying their own Tiny Houseboat!
All the BestRoy