'Houseboat Dodge.' The Finishing Touches '

by hamish-mckenzie in Shoreham-by-Sea

We did it
On 2nd December 2015 we successfully raised £795 with 23 supporters in 21 days

Within the Shoreham by Sea famed houseboat community, an opportunity to invest in a truly unique vessel, a boat within a boat within a boat.

by hamish-mckenzie in Shoreham-by-Sea

 The Houseboat 'Dodge' 

She is named after the fire engine that forms the front canopy of this vessel and has been a home for five years already. We have now completed most of the work involved in her first major refit and require funding for the finishing touches.

Since arriving in Shoreham in 1986, I have spent most of my work time extending the life of many of the historic vessels I found here including a significant collection of WW2 military vessels. Sunken wrecks have become my speciality and I rejoice in finding application for that which most percieve as rubbish. The work is labour intensive but my personel running costs are low  I have already achieved much surviving on income provided by my boat tenants, a lovely crew indeed. I am currently hosting 2 international volunteers. Four hours work a day in exchange for board and lodging.

I currently own 7 boats over 10 metres (30 ft) and am finding it difficult to achieve all I wish with this rotting flotilla on my present income. I aim to initially use the Dodge for a combination of short term holiday lets and volunteer accommadation.  The additional income stream will fund the renovation of the other boats. My next and ongoing project is the 'Clive', a WW2 Motor Torpedo Boat seconded to the Canadian Navy. Sunk for 20 years but now floating, she is being converted to a capacious and flexible workshop for use by myself and other local innovators.

The funds requested here are for final fitting out, bedding, kitchen equipement etc. and an alternative heating system for the Dodge. We presently rely on a word burning stove with back boiler which is fine for long term residents, less so for holiday makers. The vast majority of the work is done and I am confident that we will be able to have our first paying custom before Christmas.

Located on estuarine mudflats opposite Shoreham town and midway between Brighton and Worthing, two minutes from the beach, the Riverbank and its' houseboats offer an excellent location for this type of business.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Have your name put on exclusive mailing list for regular updates, photos and Riverbank tales for 1 year from 5th December, 2015.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project! Set of 20 digital copyright images from documentary photographer Katharina Dubno (www.katharinadobno.com) from her 2012 Riverbank Artist in Residence.

£15 or more

1 of 100 claimed

£15 Reward

The opportunity to attend a fortnightly Open Boat evening. 7 till 9.30. Guided tour round minimum of two boats and buffet meal and a presentation Q and A session about these boats. First session 3rd December, 2015.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

As reward 1 + 'A Cat O' Nine Tails' parts 1 & 2. Pamphelts I penned in 2012 with boat histories, politcal ramblings and arty farty stuff. 'Bloomin Adur'.... Short story from 2014. Intrigue and resilience in times of rapid change. 'A Boat That Goes'. A 55 minute documentary film by Tom Keeling & Joe Venables following the attempt to sail the partially renovated Motor Torpedo Boat 'Heron' from sunk on the mudflats to seaworthiness in a year. Hilarious. All the above to be delivered to your email adress.

£180 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£180 Reward

As reward 3 + Two nights midweek board on the completed 4 berth self catering 'Houseboat Dodge'. 2 singles and 1 double on the Adur estuary mudflats. Beach 2 minutes past kids play area. Brighton and Worthing both about 6 miles served by regular buses and trains.

£230 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£230 Reward

As previous reward but for Friday and Saturday nights

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