Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 52

Thread: Man building house boat that's 3,200 square feet

  1. #1
    Unobtanium Dogman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    13,674
    Thanks
    2,443
    Thanked 2,080 Times in 1,611 Posts

    Man building house boat that's 3,200 square feet

    He is following his dream!

    (CBS) - Ever wish you could sail away and leave all your troubles behind? That's exactly what one man plans on doing after he finishes building his 3,200 foot catamaran.

    There are some who think James Lane has got to have a screw loose -and he might. He's using about 800 pounds of them to hold together five tons of wood.

    "The guy's nuts!"

    It's not an uncommon response when people see what he's building. The catamaran comes in at 3,200 square feet- likely bigger than many people's house.

    "Building a boat to sail away," said Lane, "that's what I call freedom."

    With his 26-year-old son, mother, girlfriend, two other friends and his dogs, he plans to sail to the South seas and never come back.

    "There are 30,000 islands in the South Pacific and they are all tropical paradises." he said. "Why not?"

    He's a master craftsman, but has never built a boat before. A $10,000 insurance settlement started the funding for what he hopes will be a $30,000 job.

    "It's awful big..."

    They follow the progress from nearby Andy's supermarket.

    "The customers, you know, a lot of time talk about the weather, or about the bad news going on." said Andy's employee Patrick Crowley. "This is something different, watching this project grow right from the ground up."

    "That's the most unseaworthy thing I've seen since they tried boats with cement. There's no way that's gonna hold together." said Alan Dragge.

    Lane says he's studied the construction of 10,000 boats and is confident about building his own.

    "Wouldn't you do it if you could? No? Maybe?

    Video at link

    http://www.cbs19.tv/story/15461245/w...200-foot-yacht
    "My reading no matter how transient is a dagger in the heart of ignorance."

  2. #2
    Iridium Spectrism's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    7,799
    Thanks
    587
    Thanked 2,293 Times in 1,395 Posts
    I am no marine engineer but I think that thing will rip apart in the first test of rough seas. I hope those pontoons are more than just plywood.
    SPECTRISM time countdown2025

  3. #3
    Great Value Carrots hoarder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    4,684
    Thanks
    3,075
    Thanked 2,514 Times in 1,304 Posts
    Catamarans are subjected to extraordinary stresses in high seas. The critic is right, it will come apart. 2x4 construction He's nuts!

  4. #4
    Great Value Carrots
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    2,204
    Thanks
    302
    Thanked 761 Times in 397 Posts
    Is he going to fiberglass everything once he is done? I see a lot of what appears to be spruce or pine, if water gets in there it will go soft (punky) pretty quick. For something that size he could have done ferro-cement or steel hull .

  5. #5
    Militant Wing of the Salvation Army midnight rambler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    23,856
    Thanks
    27,023
    Thanked 12,546 Times in 7,703 Posts
    I'm wondering what his back-up plan is, IF he has one.
    "A man is to be held accountable for the thoughts he chooses to entertain." --Richard Alan Miller

    "If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable-what then?" --George Orwell

    "It's not a matter of what is true (reality) that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true (reality)." --Henry Kissinger

  6. #6
    Unobtanium
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    19,045
    Thanks
    1,368
    Thanked 3,159 Times in 1,916 Posts
    If you can think of it you then can do it.......why not?.......otherwise we would still be living in caves.
    "If you don't hold it, you don't own it"... Ponce

    "I'll never stop learning because I'll never stop reading"... Ponce

  7. #7
    Joe King
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by midnight rambler View Post
    I'm wondering what his back-up plan is, IF he has one.
    Attachment 1060

  8. #8
    Dangerous Donald Neuro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Absurdistan
    Posts
    21,138
    Thanks
    8,749
    Thanked 7,717 Times in 4,952 Posts
    Noah's ark? People thought he was nuts too... No?

  9. #9
    Unobtanium Dogman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    13,674
    Thanks
    2,443
    Thanked 2,080 Times in 1,611 Posts
    I agree the pontoons are the weak link!


    By Jessica Bernstein-Wax
    Marin Independent Journal

    Posted: 09/13/2011 07:01:43 AM PDT
    Updated: 09/13/2011 02:14:18 PM PDT

    http://extras.mnginteractive.com/liv...7E3_VIEWER.JPG


    James Lane walks on the aft deck of the 65-foot catamaran he and his son are building, with the help of some friends, at the Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. (IJ photo/Alan Dep) Alan Dep

    A giant yacht that a father and son are building at Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael has captivated the neighborhood's imagination, with shoppers at nearby Andy's Local Market keeping daily tabs on its progress.

    James Lane, 50, and his 26-year-old son, Michael Johnson, began working on the 65- by 32-foot catamaran in June 2010 in Butte County, but moved the partially constructed vessel to Loch Lomond this spring.

    "We should put it in the water in about 30 days," Lane said, as he showed off the nine-bedroom, three-bathroom 3,200-square-foot boat on a recent afternoon.

    The yacht, which Lane will call the Flying Hawaiian, features fiberglass over wood construction and boasts two kitchens and a gym. It weighs about five tons and has so far required 700 to 800 pounds of screws, Lane said. Sixty-five-foot catamarans typically sell for anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million or more.

    "This boat is going to be two times the size of most people's homes," said Lane, a master craftsman who has never built a boat before. "I spent three years on the design of this. I've looked at thousands and thousands of yachts."
    Come late October, Lane plans to move aboard the Flying Hawaiian with his mother, Johnson, several other people and one pet Chihuahua and travel to Mexico, Hawaii, the Samoan islands and New Zealand.

    He doesn't plan on coming back.

    "We're going to island hop until we get bored," Lane said. "We've got plenty of music and plenty of fishing gear and plenty of time."The group hopes to make money by renting out the yacht or taking tourists out on the water. A small generator will power the boat's "gel cell" batteries each day, he said, adding, "It's about the freedom and the lifestyle -- it's fresh food and good living."

    Yachts can be quite large -- with some measuring 110 feet in length -- but locals have been particularly interested in Lane's boat because it's unusual to see such a large vessel being constructed in San Rafael, Loch Lomond Harbor Master Pat Lopez said.

    "People are curious, just very curious to see it because it's so unique," Lopez said. "It's something that we don't really see around here too often."
    About half the customers at Andy's have been talking about the plus-size vessel, providing daily updates on Lane's progress, said Patrick Crowley, the store's general manager.

    "If they don't ask about it, what it is, they talk about the size of it," Crowley said. "It's a conversation piece, and everybody wants to see it get launched because that's awfully big to get moved to the dock.

    "These guys, they're just going to go sail around," he added. "It's kind of exciting in a way."

    Resident Jim La Fleur, who lives a couple of blocks away, said he and his family were stunned to see the progress Lane and Johnson had made on the boat when they returned from a month-plus trip in August.

    "I haven't seen the animals coming two by two, but it won't surprise me," said La Fleur, 44.

    "I'm really looking forward to seeing if it works," La Fleur added. "I admire his optimism and his drive to do something like that."

    Meanwhile, Lane said he's busy preparing the boat for water and would welcome any spare parts residents want to donate. The Flying Hawaiian won't look quite so enormous once it leaves the marina, he added.

    "When you're a little speck out in the water, it doesn't feel that big."

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18884124
    "My reading no matter how transient is a dagger in the heart of ignorance."

  10. #10
    Iridium Spectrism's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    7,799
    Thanks
    587
    Thanked 2,293 Times in 1,395 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Ponce View Post
    If you can think of it you then can do it.......why not?.......otherwise we would still be living in caves.
    Living in caves or living on the Darwin Awards list. I think caves are better.


    Quote Originally Posted by Neuro View Post
    Noah's ark? People thought he was nuts too... No?
    Noah got directions- precise directions- from God. He had dimensional precision, proper wood material selection and a supernatural glue that was sure to hold the ark together.
    SPECTRISM time countdown2025

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •