So there I am, scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I suddenly see something that catches my eye immediately. It’s bright red, and very hard to miss! Then I see that it was posted on one of the many Tiny House groups and pages I follow. A tiny house boat on the water. As it turns out, this little red gem has quite a story as she was converted from an old boring boat, to a bright red star.
It began as an old 1969 Cobia Mini-Yacht, originally bought as just a gutted shell on Craigslist by Katie Trinket Hartwright.
Katie spend a lot of time and effort to design, and restore her to the bright and beautiful tiny house boat she is now.
Katie named her ‘Petal’. Sadly, the Emeryville Marina and Safe Harbor called the boat “an eyesore” and Katie was forced to get rid of it by the Harbormaster.
‘Petal’ was purchased from Katie by a woman named Cindy Hanson O’Neil, who now co-owns the boat with her daughter Brittney Vinculado. They have aptly re-named her, and now call her ‘Betty Boop’.
You are sure to find ‘Betty Boop’ in the San Francisco Bay Area near Oakland where she is docked and ready any time Cindy is up for a quick and easy getaway.
Ok, I know that this is technically not a ‘tiny home’, but it is mobile, you technically can live in it, and it is pure awesome!
This guy bought an old beat up 1969 Cardinal Deluxe camper for $900. Him and a friend completely ripped it apart and rebuilt it, and as of August 2016, were selling it for $15,900.
I have posted a few teaser pics here, but every single step of the project, from tear-down to design, to the last paint brush stroke was documented in about 90 photos on his imgur page.