Sampan 36 Houseboat

The SAMPAN 36 HOUSEBOAT is a simple, pragmatic floating home suitable for a couple with a child. It is self-contained and intended for use in a marina or at anchor. It may employ an outboard motor, or simply be towed to a semi-permanent mooring. Construction employs full sheets of plywood for simplicity.L.O.A. 36′L.W.L. 31′ 11″BEAM 13′ 8″DRAFT 1′ 6″DISPL. 24,000 lbs. LadenTYPE Sampan-style HouseboatPOWER Outboard in well, 25 to 50HPACCOMMODATION Sleeps two in queen-size berth; one on settee; guests on screened deckTANKAGE 800 gallons water, with optional roof-collection; 100 gallons holdingCONSTRUCTION Cold-molded wood. Hull: Two layers of ¾″ ply laid 90 degrees to eachother, ¼″ teak and holly ply laid inside. Decks: ¾″ plywood. Cabin sides: 3/8″ bead-board ply over 2x2 studs; 1/8″ paneling inside; Polyurethane foam core. Roofs: ¼″ ply over laminated beams; 1/8″ headliner, Polyurethane foam core. All exterior wood fabric/epoxy covered, polyurethane painted.CONCEPT Houseboat for a couple, with a small child and occasional guests. Construction designed for ultimate simplicity and low cost. Not intended for use in open or rough waters. Foam-core uses common household “scoreboard” polystyrene 1 ½″ foam for strength, low cost and heat/cold retention.PLANS By Reuel B. Parker PARKER MARINE ENTERPRISESPlans include full-size Construction Section Drawings, Construction Notes, large-scale blueprints and a copy of The Sharpie Book (construction manual). Full Plans are $125 and can be purchased on line at

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