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Tugboat as a liveaboard?

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Your Vessel Info: My dream boat would be a dutch canal boat.....But living in the US, they seem too collectable and rare.

I've started to look at old tugboats in the 40-60ft lengths. Seems like they could be good conversions and less hard to find.
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Tugboat as a liveaboard?

Unread postby turniptheheat » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:13 pm

I'm in the process of exploring either trailer living or boat living.

Boat living seems to have a lot of hidden costs, so I'm trying to figure out if that will be doable.

My dream boat would be a dutch canal boat, but in the states they are rare and pricey

I've been looking at tugboats as an option.

I live in portland and saw a good number available in the Olympic peninsula area.

I need to find a fixer cause I'm on the tightest of budgets, but something that won't need major hull work.

Any advice?

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Re: Tugboat as a liveaboard?

Unread postby CaptForce » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:50 pm

Of course the specialized function of tug boats requires huge power and massive capabilities that all involve costs, space and mechanics that would have little use for a live aboard. There have been some "tug" styled liveaboard cruisers that have some of the look, but actual former working tug boats would not be economic for cruising. 'maybe an option for a "dock queen" that's not intended to move about and gutted for some more useful living space.

The best I've seen was the "Mighty Mo" WWII tug privately cruising the US East Coast. You could hear it coming from a couple miles away.

You might find something more useful by converting a fishing, utility, navy launch or vessels that are made to accommodate people and economically transit some distance.
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Re: Tugboat as a liveaboard?

Unread postby tex » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:50 pm

Really good advice above. For fixer uppers, try auction or salvage companies in the PNW. Lots in your area, but if you aren’t going to spend the money on the product itself, make sure to spend some on a good marine surveyor before buying any boat, who may be able to save you from unseen disaster.
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