Debt-free boat tiny home for family of 3 on Portland island

Jane and Tony had lived on a sailboat when they were child-free and loved it, so when their landlord raised the rent on their 960-square-foot apartment by 19%, they decided they wanted to avoid payments and they started thinking about boats again. Though this time it would be with their 5-year-old daughter. 

When they started looking at boats on craigslist they found a lot on offer. After looking at over 40 boats, they settled on a 43-foot Chris Craft Corinthian for just $14,000.

After the initial investment in their 46-year-old boat (it needed some work), they pay less than $400 per month in slip fees which includes the mooring, as well as electricity and water. They’re hooked up to the Internet and have cable tv. The only convenience they’re missing is a flush toilet (they use an electric one which has to be pumped out).

Jane and Tony say that their families don’t fully understand their choice to make a boat their home, but for the couple they wouldn’t feel right living any other way.

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A postscript from Jane: “About a month after this was filmed, we were motoring on the river and split a seam. Our boat sank, taking with it everything we owned. Thank God none of us were hurt, but it did put us in the scary position of being homeless. Yes, this video is of me, Jane, my husband and daughter. If anyone wants to help us get back on our feet, contact us at unicorntree (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thank you for your assistance.”

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