Solar powered houseboat takes tiny living to the water
This appealing little houseboat was designed by Quebec boatbuilder Daigno. Named Le Koroc, it's available in two versions, catering either to fishermen or those who just want a tiny dwelling that floats. It also features solar power and an interior layout that makes the most of the limited space available.
Le Koroc measures 26 x 8.6 ft (8 x 2.6 m), and is mostly built from sustainably-sourced cedar and plywood. It sits atop three aluminum pontoon floats and can be attached to an optional trailer. Total weight comes in at 5,640 lb (2,560 kg).
The model pictured is the fishing version, so its deck area is equipped with three swivel seats and a sonar system, as well as a fish tank to store the day's catch, a dashboard, and an instrument panel. The vacation version is similar, but the fishing gear is swapped out for extra seating.
The cabin has a dining and seating area that can be turned into a bed. Elsewhere lies a kitchenette with two-burner propane-powered stove, a sink, fridge, and storage space. Daigno also managed to squeeze a bathroom in there, which has a shower, sink, and a choice of toilet types, including composting and chemical.
Le Koroc is propelled by a 90 horsepower (67 kW) Honda BF90 VTEC outboard. All electricity comes from roof-based solar panels hooked up to batteries, and a charcoal-based gray water recycling system is also installed.
There are quite a few options available for Le Koroc, depending on what buyers want to use it for, such as fishing gear, an electric anchor, electric motor, barbecue, and a propane heating system. In addition, the firm offers a larger version of Le Koroc called L'Équinoxe. This model has a similar design but is bigger, measuring 30 x 10 ft (9 x 3 m).
Le Koroc starts at US$65,000. Daigno is taking orders for Spring (northern hemisphere) 2019 now, with shipping throughout the US and Canada.