Tiny Living Movie

Dave on Lizzy Belle's stern

by Kevin A Fraser

I’ve been a Tiny House enthusiast for quite some time. I’m based in Nova Scotia Canada, and I’m currently trying to figure out how to make my dream of building a small floating home a reality in my climate.

I recently made a short documentary about my friend Dave Welsford, who has taken living small to the extreme. He lives alone on a very small 50 year old sailboat. He reconstructed her from the ground up and is now traveling around learning how people are happy in different parts of the world.

The film was just finished and I’m happy to announce that for our U.S. premiere will be opening for “TINY a story about living small” for two nights in Bend Oregon!

October 10-13, Bend Film Festival Bend, Oregon

The documentary is called “Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat.”

TWENTY EIGHT FEET: life on a little wooden boat (Sample Clip) from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.


Kevin and Dave recording the interview for Twenty Eight Feet in Lizzy Belle’s Cabin.

Dave’s blog here: http://www.twentyeightfeet.com/#!blog/c1vw1

Hopefully, in the future, my own small home will be truly underway and we can connect about that.

filmmaker, cinematographer & best friend
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Lizze Belle alone in the Bay.

Lizze Belle alone in the Bay.

Dave Weslford

Dave Weslford Self portrait on the bow while single handing.

Life of a traveller

Life of a traveller VS life of a tourist. Dave Welsford. Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Lizzy Belle's Galley

Dave in Lizzy Belle’s Galley, Rodney Bay Saint Lucia

Rondney Bay Saint Lucia

Dave Sailing Single Handed off Rondney Bay Saint Lucia.

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Suzannah - September 19, 2013 Reply

What a perfect post for International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Ahoy, matey!

Miriah O'Dair - September 19, 2013 Reply

I just about fell out of my chair when I saw today’s post. I live in Bend and my husband and I have a goal of living on a boat as well! I have been following the tiny house blog for awhile as it relates to part of my Masters Thesis in Architecture and Design. Is there a showing that you will be attending? We would love the chance to talk to you about your experiences!

alice h - September 19, 2013 Reply

Arrr! You be right there, matey!

liz goertz - September 19, 2013 Reply

how does he live? I often wonder how people support there tiny life style.

Dave MacKinnon - September 19, 2013 Reply

Great to see other Nova Scotian Tiny Living enthusiasts!

Hoping to fulfill my tiny house dream soon, right here in NS.

Jeffrey - September 19, 2013 Reply

That’s the life!

Shell - September 20, 2013 Reply

Very cool. I live in Portland. Will have to see if I can get over there. Thank you.


Rosemary - September 20, 2013 Reply

Call me…..lol

Robin - September 20, 2013 Reply

I guess my question is, ” are you independently wealthy? ” How do you make a living? not that it’s really my business, just think it’s a nice idea, and wondering how that you made that possible.

Michael - September 20, 2013 Reply

As fellow live aboard yachties, our family of 4 have also shared the tiny house life. It does take some adjusting to but sailing opens another dimension for travellers. For an insight please check out http://www.barnabasvoyage.com

Andy Beck - September 20, 2013 Reply

It’s a wonderful life. We sold our stuff and moved onto a boat as well. It’s changed our lives for the better.

Lisa O - September 20, 2013 Reply

will they be showing the film anywhere in the Northeast?

Donna - September 20, 2013 Reply

We’ve been living aboard for the last 9 years. We ran away from our kids in 2004 (don’t worry, they were adults by then!) to live our dream on a sailboat. We left Vermont via Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal and Hudson River in a 30-foot Pearson sailboat named Nirvana. We lived very happily on her for 4 years in Rhode Island (yes, all winter too!), although we were always on the lookout for a bigger boat. After 4 years, a 38-foot Irwin center cockpit came available and Ladyhawk replaced Nirvana for the next 5 years. It gave us a lot more space until our 25-year-old son moved in with us! All of a sudden, Ladyhawk got awful small! We’ve had a few adventures in the past 9 years, but we left Vermont to live our dream on the high seas before we were retirement age. Unfortunately, that meant we had to continue working. Instead of traveling the world, we we’re living aboard our cozy sailboat tied to the dock at a really nice marina. Nevertheless, it’s been one heck of an adventure living in a teeny-tiny home, but we all get along, and it sure beats paying high rents or a mortgage and taxes. We live very simply without a lot of fluff and stuff because there just isn’t enough room for it all. And if we ever get bored with our waterfront neighborhood, we can always slip the dock lines and sail to another marina!

Grant - October 8, 2013 Reply

Greetings fellow maritimer. I am just across the bay from you in PEI.
I remember many fond summers aboard our sailboat growing up and envy you the choice of living on one in the future.
Keep us apprised of your ventures. We look forward to reading more.

Rebecca Treat - November 3, 2013 Reply

Please go to holdenvillage.org to see the 2nd annual Snowdance film festival coming up in Feb with the theme of “Finding Home”…Perhaps you’d join us???I am suggesting your documentary…
Last year’s filmmakers filmed “The Holden Shake” before they left…you can find it on our website

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