Touting a new approach to boating, Saint Lawrence Barge Yachts in New York creates houseboats that are equal parts beach club and loft space. Founded with a piece of steel and a dream to live on the water, the company helps customers live life unanchored — literally.
The designs feature open floor plans that allow for an array of configurations and living arrangements, plus more than 100 feet of dock space along the starboard and port side. With a shallow draft of just 16 inches, houseboaters can dock their yacht along virtually any waterfront. Ready to live in the deep blue?
The standardized design features a built-in bar that opens into the kitchen on the starboard side, instantly transforming a quiet home into a full-blown party boat, with several stools for guests to pull up a chair. A porthole along this side allows natural light into the center-deck bathroom.
Along the port side, an outdoor closet offers storage and access to utilities. A large porthole floods the stairwell with natural light.
For an instant vacation, the back of the barge accommodates a spacious swim platform, as well as a rain shower, more closets and a covered entryway to the first floor. Two outboards are positioned on hydraulic lifts to allow the barge to enter shallow depths, to be serviced and to freeze in during the winter.
The main living space stretches through the lower deck. A roomy kitchen, bathroom, living room and bar adjoining the outdoors can be arranged in varying layouts in an open floor plan. The kitchen features a full oven and stovetop, large basin sink and ample open and covered cabinets and drawers. A gray stone countertop is accented with ocean-blue cabinetry, with space for an eat-in dining area.
Depending on family size or anticipated guests, the center deck can be configured as an open loft or divided into one or more bedrooms, featuring an optional wall with french doors. The space features two outdoor deck areas flanking the indoor room, including a cantilevered deck on the aft side that is perfect for al fresco dining or a quick dip in the water.
Want to live off the grid? The upper deck comes complete with a solar arch to produce all the energy to sustain life on the boat without a generator. The open layout allows homeowners to finish it to their specifications, with plenty of space for sunbathing, outdoor dining or grilling.