The Pride of Buffalo, designed and built by Michael R Weekes is a 16′ long, 10′ wide, 9′ high geodesic houseboat inspired by R Buckminster Fuller. It was launched at Canalside on the Buffalo waterfront at the Western Terminus of the Erie Canal on Thursday, July 25th. The boat was built by myself, entirely, in 28 days, for less than a cost of $2,000 USD. It weighs approximately 900 pounds. The unique cabin is made of common 2 x 2 lumber, connected to 1/2″ plywood 8″ dia. hubs. The vessel is arguably the most efficient home-built houseboat in the world.
Trumpy maestro Jim Moores (see WB No. 207 for "Trumpy Man: How Jim Moores became Florida's go-to guy for restoration;" WB No. 176 for "Save A Classic: IBIS: A Trumpy-Mathis houseboat") saved the deckhouse of IBIS, though her hull was cut up by another firm. The deckhouse now serves as an office at the North Carolina branch of Moores Marine.