This Tiny Canadian Houseboat is a Solar-Powered, Off-Grid Craftsman Dream

published Jul 16, 2018
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Le Koroc is a floating paradise designed for enjoying summer lake life in Canada with minimal impact on the environment—handcrafted from the ground up (or pontoon base up, anyway) to help its owner “explore nature differently” with a solar-powered, off-grid vessel that’s half fishing boat and half luxury tiny house.

Crafted entirely by hand by a Canadian woodworker on a pontoon base, this is a tiny home for the lake-lover in all of us. Master carpenter Richard at Daigno boat builders in Quebec recently shared a video tour of this solar-powered, environmentally-friendly tiny houseboat masterpiece with bloggers Mat & Danielle of Exploring Alternatives—and it’s basically life goals for anyone who considers themselves a “connoisseur of timber construction and fishing.”

No detail or ecological concern was spared in the construction of the 24′ long Le Koroc—from the beautiful white cedar millwork to the solar panels and custom carbon-filtered greywater system. The second one lays eyes on the recreational houseboat, the level of love and care put into its build is apparent: from the deck railings built out of fish symbols to the aquarium-level stock tank, captain’s chairs, and grill. The outdoor front half of the boat is clearly designed for squeezing every drop of fun out of each and every summer day on the lake.

Inside the back half of the boat, the tiny home is a millwork masterpiece in every direction: custom exposed cedar beams on the ceiling and support beams on the walls; custom handcrafted counters and cabinets and shelving with mesh overlays, to keep things from moving and falling about the cabin.

The cook top and Martin heater are powered by propane, all of the electrical, LED lighting, and ventilation are powered by solar. The full size bathroom features a dry composting toilet, and a sink and shower that run off the custom-built water system—which can pull fresh water either directly from the lake or off of a cistern, and then carbon-filter the greywater into a tank or release it directly back into the lake after filtration. (Quebec actually allows you to release greywater into lakes and rivers without filtration, but Richard believes it’s ecologically important.)

Check out the video above to see the boat in action.