Alternative Transportation

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As if living in a tiny floating home wasn’t unconventional enough, the way we get around would definitely be considered alternative transportation as opposed to having a car. Our sailboat carries us long distances but sometimes it’s not practical to move the boat to get to where we need to go. It’s essential to have a kayak, dinghy or rowboat if you live on the water. We opted for an inflatable dinghy with an outboard motor.

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Electricity in a Tiny Floating Home

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Electricity is something we all take for granted. Power lines are strung from house to house, from every street corner, in every office. Rural communities, downtown hubs and all structures in between all have the ability to plug in and pay for individual power usage that is pulled from the grid.

What about tiny houses on wheels? What about tiny houses on the water? We are mobile and don’t often have a fixed placed to plug into at the end of the day. RV parks and marinas make it possible to hook up to power by using portable cables, but who really wants to be tied down like that? For many of us, the point in being mobile is that you don’t have to go to or be anywhere. We can travel and remain self sufficient.

Most mobile tiny homes (like sailboats) are powered from a generator or a set of 12-volt DC batteries that are run in series to make up what is called a house-bank. Larger vessels can run off of 24-volt systems. Batteries can provide power to a boat just like they would to a car. We charge them up and store the power to be used at a later time. Continue reading

Refrigeration in a Tiny Floating Home

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Refrigeration in a tiny floating home is an essential part of our systems.  Most liveaboard boats are equipped with refrigeration, though some are not. Some people simply store food with a cooler packed with ice. Where I like to travel, ice doesn’t last long so it was an easy decision to place value in outfitting the boat with an efficient refrigerator and freezer. Continue reading

Normal Things In Not So Normal Spaces

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Whether your house is tiny or whether your house is ten stories tall, a bed is a normal thing you would expect to find in a house. Everyone needs a place to sleep.

Sometimes, you may find normal things in not so normal spaces…

The mattress in my tiny floating home is a convenient *cough* trapezoid shape with three sides against the wall. The short side underneath the fan is exactly 52″ long. I don’t know what Ted Brewer was thinking when he designed this part of the boat. I’m short enough as it is, but at 5’2″ (60″), I’m still too tall to actually fit all the way over to the edge of the bed. I end up sleeping at an angle, or curled up a bit.

The long side is an awkward 100″ from end to end. Lucky for Peter at 6′ tall, he gets to sleep on the outside. It’s hard to tell from the photos but there is a small overhang where I sleep. If I’m not careful or if I try to sit up too fast, I’ll whack my head on the ceiling. I call it ‘the coffin’. It’s actually quite spacious considering I live in a combined total of 360 sf of living space.

The mattress is much too shallow for us to turn and sleep the other way so for now, we’re stuck with the current arrangement.

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