At our shop here in Olympia we have built a few of the Millie Hill 20s. In Korea they have built the Millie Hill 28. Full construction plans have sold in quite a few countries. Sam realized he could take the Shanty Boat idea a step further by using work boat hulls with bow and stern transoms that had enough of a V bottom to get places quicker than a typical houseboat. You’ll find a couple of those ideas in the study plan section.
What are traditional “Shanty Boats”? They are simply precursors to the tiny house movement. Millie Hills are beautiful tiny and not so tiny houses on the water. Our Millie Hills have become full-time living spaces for those drawn to living on the water. We can take your idea for a home on the water and translate it into a buildable houseboat for you. Just get in touch with Sam!
Plans come in two basic flavors: Study Plans and Construction Plans. Study plans are inexpensive and give you the opportunity to examine a detailed scale drawing of the design. Construction plans are vastly detailed and can lead you through the entire build of a boat. The price varies with the complexity of the design. There are boats that exist as study plans only, and the reason is that the development of a full set of construction plans can take hundreds of hours. If you see a boat that you would like to see developed, be sure to talk to Sam.