Dmitry Orlov’s Quidnon project is worth following; it is an attempt to design a good ocean going houseboat, that doesn’t follow convention, and is more concerned about function than form. Non traditional ballast, engine, dual keels and rudders, junk rigging – all good ideas.
The devil is in the details, however – building stuff for use at sea isn’t for the faint of heart. Salt water does a job on *everything*; this is why naval architecture is its own field!
We look forward to seeing what happens.