The gutting begins!!!

I’ve got my crowbar, flat bar, cats paw, hammer, sledge hammer, wire cutters, gloves and goggles and I am ready to start the gutting! Man I have been dying to get in there and start tearing out the musty old carpeting and dark paneling so I can see what terrors await me underneath….

Removing the Engines – Chapter II

Since the last posting I posted a plea for help on the Houseboatmagazine.com forum and got great feedback from some of the board members there and also from David up in Montreal about how to deal with the corroded bolts. It was suggested to try special sockets which are designed to deal with worn heads. …

Removing the Engines – Chapter 1

Today is Wednesday 12/27/06. After reading the engine removal instructions last night in the Volvo/Penta tune-up and repair manual that we found on the boat, I felt confident that I could handle the job. I got my little workbench and tools set up with the manual next to the sterndrives…

Video Of Roadtrip Is Posted

I’ve posted the video of the pickup and delivery of the boat from Silver Sands Marina in Gilford NH to our backyard. Go to this link to view it.Musbenice.com …

The Existing Interior

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to personally view the “Shagalicious” interior of the boat, I offer you some tasty shots….

A New Chapter Begins…

As Wade started talking of building a houseboat, I wondered if it was one of his latest rantings (thinking out loud) or if there was some substance to the idea. We both love to travel and will rent a boat every chance we get. The world shows a whole different view from the water side. As packages started arriving, (the UPS driver is no stranger to our house), and boat plans started to unfold, I knew Wade was serious. I was excited for Wade as it was a project that would get him away from the …

The Adventure Begins

After years and years dreaming of finding a way to be able to explore the coastal waterfront areas of Maine and eventually the Intracoastal waterways and rivers of this magnificent country, Susan and I find ourselves the proud owners of a 1983 43′ Gibson houseboat. I had planned to build a houseboat from scratch because I love to create and work with my hands and after finishing the sunroom on our house was looking for a challenge. I bought plans for a 45′ houseboat from Glen-L marine and actually came pretty close to ordering the framing lumber from our friends …