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The PRIDE OF BUFFALO Geodesic Houseboat



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. For more information contact Mike at yellowstone_mike@yahoo.com



DESIGN SPECS
LOA (feet):
16′ 
0″
Beam (feet):
10′ 
0″
Type/Rig/Power:
Barge (Float with geodesic cabin frame)
Home Port:
Buffalo, NY
Designer Name:
MICHAEL R WEEKES
Builder Name:
MICHAEL R WEEKES
Launching Date:
July 25, 2013
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Comments

Submitted by boat fan on

The geodesic structure is about the WORST way to build a water tight shell. It is time and labor intensive , and VERY difficult to actually make water tight. The hippie days of building geodesic are over, and there are good reasons. Anyone interested to learn more can read this article :

http://www.shelterpub.com/_shelter/refried_domes.html

As is, that skeleton structure serves no real purpose.

“The vessel is arguably the most efficient home-built houseboat in the world.”  Really, by which criteria? What does it provide the occupant?

I’m sorry , but this is no houseboat.

I am currently building a 40 ft houseboat , and believe me I have looked into countless ways to build it. Rectangular form wins out by a mile. Good luck and peace.